Katy Perry Performs Stripped-Down Rendition of 'Only Love' with Darius Rucker at 2020 AMAs

The pop star dedicated the performance to her dad, Keith Hudson

Katy Perry is back at it!

The singer, 36, marked her return to the stage at the American Music Awards on Sunday, nearly two months after welcoming daughter Daisy Dove with fiancé Orlando Bloom in August.

Perry was joined by "one of her favorite singers," country star Darius Rucker, as she delivered a world premiere performance of her song "Only Love." In an all-denim ensemble, Perry sang the track in a stripped-back rendition alongside Rucker, 54, who played guitar and shared verses with the new mom.

"Went back to church, met a new friend @dariusrucker and found #OnlyLove ♥️," Perry captioned a photo of herself hours before she hit the stage.

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Katy Perry and Darius Rucker. Kevin Winter/Getty Images

She followed up the selfie with a throwback photo of herself as a child alongside her father Keith Hudson.

"tonight’s @amas performance is for my father ♥️," she captioned the sweet picture.

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The duet also marked the 10th anniversary of her AMAs performance of "Firework."

"Only Love" appears on Perry's latest album Smile, which was released in August and includes her singles "Daisies," "Smile," "Never Really Over" and "Harleys in Hawaii."

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Perry, who is nominated this year, last won the AMA for single of the year with her hit "Dark Horse" featuring Juicy J in 2014.

While the AMAs appearance was Perry's first live gig in the U.S. since becoming a mom, the star had already returned to work as a judge on American Idol, which started filming auditions for the fourth season on ABC earlier this fall.

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Sunday also marked Justin Bieber's first performance since 2016 on the AMAs and was in celebration of the 10th anniversary of his debut on the awards show. He opened the show to perform "Lonely," "Holy" and was joined by Shawn Mendes for "Monster." In addition, Billie Eilish will perform her latest single, "Therefore I Am," for the first time.

Jennifer Lopez debuted the first performances of her collaborations with Maluma, "Pa' Ti" and "Lonely," both of which they wrote for their upcoming romantic comedy Marry Me.

Bad Bunny, BTS, Doja Cat, Dua Lipa, Lil Baby, Machine Gun Kelly, Megan Thee Stallion, Nelly and The Weeknd will also hit the AMAs stage throughout the night.

This year, The Weeknd and Roddy Ricch lead with eight nominations each, including the top prize of artist of the year. Right behind them is Megan Thee Stallion, who is up for new artist of the year, with a total of five total nominations.

The 2020 American Music Awards, hosted by Taraji P. Henson, is airing live from The Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles on Sunday at 8 p.m. EST on ABC.

Due to the airborne transmission of COVID-19 and case spikes across the country, the CDC advises against indoor gatherings of large groups, and recommends six feet of distance and face coverings at all times.

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