K-pop group BTS wins top prize at American Music Awards

K-pop group BTS wins top prize at American Music Awards

BTS receives the Entertainer of the Year award at the 49th American Music Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday. (Reuters photo)

LOS ANGELES: K-Pop group BTS were the big winner at the American Music Awards on Sunday just four years after making their first appearance on the fan-voted show.

The seven-member group from South Korea beat out veteran Taylor Swift, rapper Drake, pop singer Ariana Grande, teenage phenom Olivia Rodrigo and Canadian The Weeknd for the biggest prize of the night – entertainer of the year. .

Adored by an army of fervent fans, they were also named Favorite Pop Group and won Best Pop Song for their hit of the summer. Butter.

The band, known for their positive uplifting music, have called out Artist of the Year to win a Miracle.

“We are truly honored to be on this stage with such amazing and great artists,” Kim Nam-Joon aka RM said.

“It’s been a long and amazing journey… no one could ever bet on our chances of being here and receiving this award, except all of you,” he added, referring to the band’s fans. .

BTS closed the show with a performance by Butter and earlier joined Coldplay on stage for a rendition of their single My world, marking a post-pandemic return to live performances for the K-pop group.

Swift was among several nominated artists, including Ariana Grande, The Weeknd and Drake, who did not attend Sunday’s ceremony.

She won Favorite Female Artist and Best Pop Album trophies for her lockdown album Always.

“I’m so lucky to be in your life and to have you in mine,” Swift told fans in a video acceptance speech.

First-time host Cardi B performed a series of extravagant costume changes and confessed that she feared she might be wrong.

“I’m a little nervous. I’m shaking,” said the “Bodak Yellow” rapper, sporting a head-to-toe black feather headdress, as she opened the show.

Rodrigo, 18, who burst onto the charts in January, entered Sunday’s show with seven nods but ended up with just one – best new artist.

Doja Cat won three awards, including for her kiss me more collaboration with SZA. Rapper Megan Thee Stallion also won three, including favorite hip-hop artist.

New Edition and New Kids on the Block brought some 1980s nostalgia when they took the stage together to promote their comebacks, Jennifer Lopez sang her new ballad On my way, and Italian Eurovision Song Contest winner Maneskin delivered a rock version of the 1960s hit Four Seasons Begging.

The nominees were based on Billboard music chart performances, streaming and album sales, radio airplay and social media engagement, and the winners were chosen entirely by fans.

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