South Korean group BTS was crowned artist of the year at the American Music Awards, when they won a total of three awards, performed a strident version of “My Universe” with Coldplay and closed the show with “Butter.”
“Seven boys from Korea, united by the love of music, met the love and support of all the armies around the world,” said RM of BTS after the group won artist of the year for the first time. “This is all a miracle. Seriously, we would never take this for granted. “
The band also won Favorite Pop Duo or Group and Favorite Pop Song for “Butter.”
The show celebrated the best of popular music for the second year in the pandemic with a mix of live and recorded performances. Bruno Mars and Anderson Paak of Silk Sonic opened the ceremony with a prerecorded R&B and funk number of “Smokin Out the Window” and Jennifer Lopez prerecorded “On My Way,” the track from her upcoming romantic comedy “Marry Me” (“ Marry me”).
A previously scheduled performance of BTS and Megan Thee Stallion’s “Butter” was scrapped after the rapper cited personal reasons for pulling out of the show on Saturday. And it turned out to be a big winner: She was named Favorite Female Hip Hop Artist, her album “Good News” won Favorite Hip Hop Album, and her song “Body” Favorite Trending Song, a new category this year.
Olivia Rodrigo, who led the list of finalists with seven mentions, took only one award, Favorite New Artist.
“Writing songs is what I like the most in the whole world and I am very grateful to everyone who has embraced my music,” she said.
The award for favorite pop album went to Taylor Swift for “evermore.” In a recorded speech, Swift told her fans, “I am very lucky to be in your lives.” She also won Favorite Female Pop Artist, bringing her career AMA total to a record 34.
Rodrigo performed his hit “traitor” live on a flower-covered stage and Carrie Underwood and Jason Aldean brought country music with a prerecorded duet of “If I Didn’t Love You.” Julieta Venegas, Tainy and Bad Bunny performed their hit “Lo Siento BB: /”.
Bad Bunny won the awards for Favorite Latin Male Artist and Favorite Latin Album for “The Last World Tour”.
The award for Favorite Latin Female Artist went to Becky G, who told her fans: “You are not alone … We are the American dream.”
Between live performances, Italian rock band Måneskin made their debut at an American awards show with their viral hit “Beggin ‘”. Chloe x Halle’s Chlöe floated onto the stage to perform her hit first solo single “Have Mercy,” and Mickey Guyton received loud applause as he sang his patriotic “All American” in a silver dress.
The AMA ceremony, whose winners are chosen by fan votes, was broadcast live from Los Angeles on ABC. Nominations were based on streaming, physical and digital sales, radio broadcasting, and social activity between September 25, 2020 and September 23, 2021.
Machine Gun Kelly took the award for Favorite Rock Artist. “I want to accept this for all aspiring musicians, those who want to play an instrument, who want to rap, who want to sing, not just rock artists,” he said.
Shortly before the ceremony, many of the winners were announced. Swift was named Favorite Female Pop Artist, Ed Sheeran Favorite Male Artist, and Doja Cat’s “Kiss Me More” with SZA Collaboration of the Year. Kanye West was named Favorite Gospel Artist.
Underwood won Favorite Inspirational Artist and Favorite Female Country Artist, and Doja Cat also won Favorite Female R&B Artist and Favorite R&B Album for “Planet Her.”
Luke Bryan was named Favorite Country Artist, The Weeknd Favorite Male R&B Artist, and Drake Favorite Male Hip Hop Artist. Gabby Barrett took home two awards: Favorite Country Album for “Goldmine,” and Favorite Country Song for “The Good Ones.”
Para los espectadores mayores, New Edition y New Kids on the Block actuaron juntos, turnándose para interpretar sus éxitos “You Got It (The Right Stuff”), “Candy Girl”, “Step By Step” y “Mr. Telephone Man” antes de unirse para cantar juntos “Can You Stand the Rain”, “Is This the End”, “Hangin’ Tough” e “If It Is no Love”.
Host Cardi B, who sported a variety of outfits, kept the crowd buzzing. Later, his song “Up” was named a favorite hip hop song. The Associated Press was unable to broadcast images of Cardi B on stage because her representatives required approval, a restriction the AP would not accept.
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