Iola Her meteoric rise continues with confirmation of her performance at the 2022 American Music Awards, which will air live from the Microsoft Theater at LA Live in Los Angeles on Sunday, November 20 at 8:00 pm EST/PST on ABC and stream the following day on Hulu.
Yola will be the featured performer on ‘Song of the Soul’, which spotlights an emerging, mission-driven artist who has inspired change and called for social justice through their music. To celebrate the honor, he will share an electrifying rendition of his song “Break the Buff.”
Written after his mother’s funeral in 2013, the song is a tribute to his mother, sharing a vision of her afterlife. His poetic lyrics are a wish for his late mother to find a joy he could not find in the world and an anthem to deal with complicated grief. With a genre-bending mix of R&B, soul and classic pop, the performance is set to be one of the most epic of the evening.
Commenting on the landmark moment, Yola said, “I’ve dreamed of performing at the American Music Awards, and was honored to be included in the ‘Song of the Soul’ moment. ‘Break the Buff’ creates a loving false structure that I hope my mother experienced in her later life. A mix of all the things that he loved and brought him happiness in his life. Specifically, his pre-Windrush Barbados childhood, disco and sci-fi. Yola added, “I hope the song brings some peace and joy to anyone who has lost someone close to them, regardless of how challenging the relationship may be.”
The song appeared on his lead sophomore album, stand up for meWhich is a two-time Grammy nominee, has been nominated six times. stand up for me has garnered widespread critical acclaim from fellow publications The New York Times who said it was an “album made on its own terms,” and. All songs are consideredwho anointed the album “the best soul record of the last 20 years”.
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