BTS hitmakers stamp their authority on the American Music Awards
NEW YORK – South Korean superstars BTS were crowned Artist of the Year at the American Music Awards on Sunday, brushing aside challenges from Taylor Swift, Drake and The Weeknd as they headed home a total of three prizes and teamed up with Coldplay for a raucous “My Universe” and closed the show with “Butter”.
“Seven Korean boys, united by the love of music, met with love and support from all armies around the world,” BTS’s RM said after the group won their Artist of the Year for the first time. “It’s 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 second pandemic 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, pre-recorded note with their “Smokin’ Out the Window” and Jennifer Lopez pre-recorded “On My Way” from her upcoming comedy romantic “Marry Me”. .”
An earlier scheduled performance of “Butter” by BTS and Megan Thee Stallion was scrapped after the rapper cited personal reasons for the dropout on Saturday. She turned out to be a big winner: named favorite female hip-hop artist, her “Good News” winner for favorite hip-hop album, 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 took home the crown of favorite new artist of the year. “Writing songs is my favorite thing in the whole world and I’m so grateful to everyone who has embraced 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 Favorite Female Pop Artist, giving her a career total of 34, the record for most-awarded artist in AMA history.
Rodrigo performed his hit “Traitor” live on a stage covered in flowers and Carrie Underwood and Jason Aldean brought a bit of 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 his hit “Lo Siento BB :/.”
Among the live performances, Italian band Måneskin made their US debut with their viral hit “Beggin”. twerk. Mickey Guyton received cheers as he sang his patriotic song “All American” in a silver dress, periodically shouting “How are you?”
The fan-voted awards show aired live from Los Angeles on ABC. The nominees were based on streaming, album and digital sales, radio airplay and social activity, and reflect the time period from September 25, 2020 to September 23, 2021.
Becky G won Favorite Latin Female Artists and gave thanks to the Latinx community. “You are not alone,” she said. “We are the American dream.”
Machine Gun Kelly won Favorite Rock Artist. “I want to accept that for all budding musicians, anyone who wants to play an instrument, wants to rap, wants to sing — not just rock artists, but all artists,” he said.
Earlier Sunday, in pre-show awards announcements, Swift was named favorite female pop artist, Ed Sheeran took home favorite male award and Doja Cat featuring SZA on “Kiss Me More” was named collaboration of the year. Kanye West has been named favorite gospel artist.
Underwood won 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 from “Goldmine” and Favorite Country Song from “The Good Ones.”
For older viewers, New Edition and New Kids on the Block played together. The Boston-based bands took turns with the hits, trading hits: “You Got It (The Right Stuff”), “Candy Girl”, “Step By Step”, “Mr. Telephone Man” and uniting for ” Can You Stand the Rain”, “Is This the End”, “Hangin’ Tough” and “If It Isn’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, kept the crowds alive. Later, his song “Up” was named favorite hip-hop song. The Associated Press was unable to release footage of Cardi B while she was on stage because her reps needed approval, a restriction the AP would not agree to.
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