Toni Braxton
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The 2019 American Music Awards delivered a few big surprises on Sunday night with some unexpected performances marking major moments for the annual event.

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Ciara
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 24: Ciara performs onstage during the 2019 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 24, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for dcp)

Ciara hosted the show this year and donned several enviable outfits throughout the night and managed to serve up a power-packed performance of her latest single, “Melanin.”

Lizzo
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 24: Lizzo performs onstage during the 2019 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 24, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for dcp)

Lizzo took the stage to perform her latest single “Jerome” in a wine-colored gown that was simply stunning. She earned a standing ovation from the star-studded crowd when she ended the soulful song on her knees.

Toni Braxton
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Toni Braxton made a triumphant return to the AMAs stage with a stirring rendition of her hit “Un-break My Heart.” She was accompanied by violinists, cellists and other string players as she belted out the iconic R&B hit. The singer who last hit the American Music Awards stage in 2001 wore a lacy white dress that showed off every curve and reminded everyone in the room that she’s still got it.

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Big Freedia
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Big Freedia hit the stage alongside Kesha for a powerful performance of their collab, “Raising Hell.” Their religion-themed performance featured tons of satin-clad dancers and the two singers donned Catholic stoles for their big number.