K-pop’s BTS Wins Top American Music Awards

LOS ANGELES, Nov.21 (Reuters) – K-Pop group BTS were the big winners 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 veteran Taylor Swift, rapper Drake, pop singer Ariana Grande, teen phenomenon Olivia Rodrigo and Canada’s The Weeknd for the night’s biggest prize – artist of the year. .

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

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The group, known for their positive and inspiring music, was named Artist of the Year and won a miracle.

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

“It’s been a long and amazing journey… no one could ever have bet on the chances that we were here and received this award except all of you,” he added, referring to the fans of the group.

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

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

Coldplay and BTS perform at the Annual American Music Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California, United States on November 21, 2021. REUTERS / Mario Anzuoni

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She won the trophies for Favorite Female Artist and Best Pop Album for her lockdown album “Evermore”.

“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 pulled off a series of extravagant costume changes and confessed that she was worried about ruining everything.

“I’m a little nervous. I’m shaking,” “Bodak Yellow” rapper said, 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 first nods, but ended up with just one – best new artist.

Doja Cat has won three awards, most notably for her “Kiss Me More” collaboration with SZA. Rapper Megan Thee Stallion also won three, including hip-hop’s favorite female artist.

New Edition and New Kids on the Block brought some nostalgia for the 1980s when they took the stage together to promote their comebacks, Jennifer Lopez sang her new ballad “On My Way”, and contest winner Maneskin Italian song Eurovision, delivered a rock version of Four Seasons from the 1960s. press “Start”.

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

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