NEW YORK (AP) – South Korean superstars BTS were crowned Artist of the Year at the American Music Awards on Sunday, dismissing challenges from Taylor Swift, Drake and The Weeknd as they won a total of three awards and teamed up with Coldplay for a loud “My Universe” and closed the show with “Butter”.
“Seven boys from Korea, united by the love of music, have met the love and support of all armies around the world,” BTS’s RM said after the group won their Artist of the Year for the first time. “This is all a miracle. Seriously, we would never take that for granted.
The group was also named Favorite Pop Duo or Group and received the Favorite Pop Song Award for “Butter”.
The show celebrated the best popular music for a pandemic second year with a mix of live and pre-recorded performances. Silk Sonic’s Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak kicked off the awards on a funky, R&B, prerecorded note with their “Smokin Out the Window” and Jennifer Lopez prerecorded her “On My Way” from her upcoming romantic comedy “Marry Me.”
A previous scheduled performance of “Butter” by BTS and Megan Thee Stallion was dropped after the rapper cited personal reasons for dropping out on Saturday. She turned out to be a big winner: Named Favorite Female Hip-Hop Artist, her “Good News” won the Favorite Hip-Hop Album Award, and her “Body” was crowned Favorite Trending Song, a new award this year.
Olivia Rodrigo entered the evening with seven nominations in the lead, but only won the crown of Favorite New Artist of the Year. “Writing songs is my favorite all over the world and I am very grateful to everyone who has adopted my music,” she said.
Rodrigo lost his favorite pop album to Taylor Swift’s “evermore”. In a recorded speech, Swift told her fans, “I’m so lucky to be in your life.” Swift also won the Favorite Female Pop Artist Award, giving her a career total of 34, the record for the most awarded artist in AMA history.
Rodrigo performed his hit “traitor” live on a flower-covered stage and Carrie Underwood and Jason Aldean brought some country to the stage when they sang their pre-recorded duet “If I Didn’t Love You”. With a little help from Julieta Venegas and Tainy, Bad Bunny performed her hit “Lo Siento BB: /”.
Among the live performances, Italian band Måneskin made their US Awards debut with their viral hit “Beggin”. twerk. Mickey Guyton received loud cheers as he sang his patriotic song “All American” in a silver dress, periodically shouting “How are you?”
The fan-voted awards show was broadcast live from Los Angeles on ABC. The nominees were based on streaming, album and digital sales, radio broadcast and social activity, and reflect the period September 25, 2020 to September 23, 2021.
Becky G won the Favorite Female Latin Artist Award and gave thanks to the Latinx community. “You are not alone,” she said. “We are the American dream.”
Machine Gun Kelly won the Favorite Rock Artist Award. “I want to accept this for all budding musicians, whoever wants to play an instrument, wants to rap, wants to sing – not just rock artists, but all artists,” he said.
Earlier Sunday, in the awards announced before the show, Swift was named Favorite Female Pop Artist, Ed Sheeran received Favorite Male Award and Doja Cat with SZA on “Kiss Me More” was named Collaboration of the Year. Kanye West has been named Favorite Gospel Artist.
Underwood won the award for Favorite Inspirational Artist and Favorite Female Country Artist and Doja Cat also won two other awards: Favorite R&B Female Artist and her “Planet Her” was named Favorite R&B Album.
Luke Bryan was named Favorite Country Artist and Bad Bunny was Favorite Male Latin Artist. The Weeknd was crowned Favorite Male R&B Artist and Drake won Favorite Male Hip-Hop Artist. Gabby Barrett won Favorite Country Album for “Goldmine” and Favorite Country Song for “The Good Ones”.
For older viewers, New Edition and New Kids on the Block performed together. The Boston-based bands take turns with the hits, swapping hits: “You Got It (The Right Stuff”), “Candy Girl”, “Step By Step”, “Mr. Telephone Man” and banding together for “Can you stand the rain “,” Is this the end “,” Hangin ‘Tough “and” If this ain’t love “.
Favorite Latin album went to Bad Bunny’s “El Último Tour Del Mundo”.
Host Cardi B, wearing a constant stream of new outfits, turned the crowd upside down. Later, his song “Up” was named the favorite hip-hop song. The Associated Press was unable to transmit footage of Cardi B while on stage as her representatives needed approval, a restriction the PA would not agree to.
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