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Two of the most prominent music groups to hail from Boston, New Edition and the New Kids on the Block, performed in anevent called the “Battle of Boston” at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles Sunday night. Although the musicians went back and forth, the set was meant to show their Boston pride.

This was the first time the groups had performed live together, but it seemed like they collectively knew how to bring the energy as they sang their ‘80s and ‘90s hits. They share a common lineage in producer Maurice Starr, who helped discover the groups from Roxbury and Dorchester in the ‘80s and promote them to stardom.

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The crowd was able to enjoy walking down memory lane by listening to hits such as “You Got It (The Right Stuff)” and the iconic “Candy Girl,” with the words “Battle in Boston” emblazoned above the stage in lights and imagery from Fenway Park in the background.

Towards the end of the set, New Edition yelled to the crowd during “If It Isn’t Love“ ”yo representing Boston, Roxbury, Dorchester, you know we had to do it.”

Watch the full performance here:

Check out these photos from the star-studded night:

Danny Wood of New Kids on the Block (middle) and Michael Bivins (left) and Johnny Gill (right) of New Edition performed onstage during the 2021 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater Sunday in Los Angeles.
Danny Wood of New Kids on the Block (middle) and Michael Bivins (left) and Johnny Gill (right) of New Edition performed onstage during the 2021 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater Sunday in Los Angeles. Kevin Winter/Getty Images for MRC
Jonathan Knight, Joey McIntyre, Jordan Knight, Donnie Wahlberg, and Danny Wood of New Kids On The Block performed onstage.
Jonathan Knight, Joey McIntyre, Jordan Knight, Donnie Wahlberg, and Danny Wood of New Kids On The Block performed onstage. Kevin Winter/Getty Images for MRC
Jonathan Knight, Joey McIntyre, Jordan Knight, Donnie Wahlberg, and Danny Wood of New Kids On The Block perform onstage.
Jonathan Knight, Joey McIntyre, Jordan Knight, Donnie Wahlberg, and Danny Wood of New Kids On The Block perform onstage. Kevin Winter/Getty Images for MRC
Back, left to right, Jonathan Knight, Jordan Knight, Joey McIntyre, Donnie Wahlberg, and Danny Wood of New Kids On The Block and front, left to right, Bobby Brown, Ricky Bell, Ralph Tresvant, Ronnie DeVoe, Michael Bivins, and Johnny Gill of New Edition performed.
Back, left to right, Jonathan Knight, Jordan Knight, Joey McIntyre, Donnie Wahlberg, and Danny Wood of New Kids On The Block and front, left to right, Bobby Brown, Ricky Bell, Ralph Tresvant, Ronnie DeVoe, Michael Bivins, and Johnny Gill of New Edition performed.Kevin Winter/Getty Images for MRC

Allana J. Barefield can be reached at allana.barefield@globe.com.