American Music Awards 2021: BTS, Doja Cat, Megan Thee Stallion Take Home 3 Awards Each

Anderson Paak opened the 2021 American Music Awards, coming off the recent release of their collaboration album An Evening With Silk Sonic.

-Sydney Odman

 

On Sunday evening, Silk Sonic duo Bruno Mars and Anderson. Paak opened the 2021 American Music Awards, coming off the recent release of their collaboration album An Evening With Silk Sonic.

Prior to the start of the show, Taylor Swift broke her own record for the most AMA wins in history, nabbing the award for favorite female pop artist. Pre-show winners also included Doja Cat, who scored three awards, along with Meghan Thee Stallion with two.

 

Host Cardi B opened the show with an enthusiastic introduction to the audience: “I aint gonna lie, I’m nervous, I’m shaking,” she said of her hosting debut. In the pit surrounding the stage, attendees were masked, while VIP guests remained unmasked in socially-distanced seating. Cardi also informed the audience that the theme of the evening would be celebrating hometowns, as she gave a shoutout to her own hometown — the Bronx in New York City.

As they presented the award for favorite rock artist, Rachel Zegler and Ansel Elgort shared an exclusive look at their upcoming musical film West Side Story, directed by Steven Spielberg.

Later, Cardi B also addressed Jojo Siwa in the audience, pleading with the social media star to surprise her daughter — whom the rapper shares with Migos’ Offset — as a Christmas gift. Despite her best efforts, Cardi claimed that Siwa was fully booked for the holidays.

“Lemme tell you something, y’all rappers ain’t got nothing on Jojo Siwa,” Cardi said.

In response, Siwa took to the stage while presenting the award for Favorite Pop Duo or Group. “I”m gonna see what I can do, I’m gonna try and make Christmas happen, I promise,” Siwa said. The presenter also urged the audience to vote for her on Dancing With The Stars that week, in which Siwa is a finalist.

First-time nominee Olivia Rodrigo — who leads the nominations pool with seven nods — performed “traitor” off her hit album SOUR, accompanied by her acoustic guitar. Rodrigo also took home the award for new artist of the year. “Writing songs is my favorite thing in the whole world and I’m so grateful for everyone who’s embraced my music,” the 18-year old said in her acceptance speech.

Additional performers also included BTS and Coldplay, Chlöe, Måneskin, Carrie Underwood and Jason Aldean, Tyler, the Creator, Walker Hayes, Bad Bunny with Tainy and Julieta Venegas, Kane Brown and Walker Hayes. Diplo served as the show’s first-ever musical curator, in which the record producer DJ’ed the event throughout the night.

Jennifer Lopez also performed “On My Way,” a track from her upcoming film Marry Me, a romantic musical starring Lopez and Owen Wilson. Clips of the film played onstage alongside the pop star, who is also a three-time AMA winner herself.

In their “Battle of Boston” collaboration, New Kids on the Block and New Edition joined forces for a medley performance of their greatest hits, respectively. The Massachusetts-based boybands had the audience on their feet and dancing throughout the performance.

Despite previously being confirmed to perform, AMA nominee and winner Megan Thee Stallion was not in attendance.

Korean boyband and worldwide sensation BTS took home three awards, including the evening’s top honor for artist of the year, along with awards for favorite pop duo or group and favorite pop song for their hit single “Butter.” BTS lead the night in wins, alongside Doja Cat and Megan Thee Stallion who also scored three wins.

In her second win of the night, Taylor Swift secured the award for best pop album for her quarantine-era release evermore, the sister album to Swift’s folklore. Although she was not in attendance, Swift gave her acceptance speech virtually, thanking fans for their support of not only evermore, but also her recent re-release of Red (Taylor’s Version). “I’m so lucky to be in your life and to get to have you in mine,” the singer-songwriter said. Swift breaks her record for the most AMAs won by an artist yet again, now boasting 34 awards over the course of her career.

Following their night of success, BTS closed out the show with a performance of “Butter.”

In addition to airing live from Los Angeles’ Microsoft Theater at 8 p.m. ET on ABC, the ceremony will also be available to stream on Hulu the following day.

A complete list of the 2020 AMA winners follows.

ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Ariana Grande

BTS

Drake

Olivia Rodrigo

Taylor Swift

The Weeknd

NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR

24kGoldn

Giveon

Masked Wolf

Olivia Rodrigo

The Kid LAROI

COLLABORATION OF THE YEAR

24kGoldn ft. iann dior “Mood”

Bad Bunny Jhay Cortez “DÁKITI”

Chris Brown Young Thug “Go Crazy”

Doja Cat ft. SZA “Kiss Me More”

Justin Bieber ft. Daniel Caesar Giveon “Peaches”

FAVORITE TRENDING SONG

Erica Banks “Buss It”

Måneskin “Beggin’”

Megan Thee Stallion “Body”

Olivia Rodrigo “drivers license”

Popp Hunna “Adderall (Corvette Corvette)”

FAVORITE MUSIC VIDEO

Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak) “Leave The Door Open”

Cardi B “Up”

Lil Nas X “MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)”

Olivia Rodrigo “drivers license”

The Weeknd “Save Your Tears”

FAVORITE MALE POP ARTIST

Drake

Ed Sheeran

Justin Bieber

Lil Nas X

The Weeknd

FAVORITE FEMALE POP ARTIST

Ariana Grande

Doja Cat

Dua Lipa

Olivia Rodrigo

Taylor Swift

FAVORITE POP DUO OR GROUP

AJR

BTS

Glass Animals

Maroon 5

Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak)

FAVORITE POP ALBUM

Ariana Grande “Positions”

Dua Lipa “Future Nostalgia”

Olivia Rodrigo “SOUR”

Taylor Swift “evermore”

The Kid LAROI “F*CK LOVE”

FAVORITE POP SONG

BTS “Butter”

Doja Cat ft. SZA “Kiss Me More”

Dua Lipa “Levitating”

Olivia Rodrigo “drivers license”

The Weeknd Ariana Grande “Save Your Tears (Remix)”

FAVORITE MALE COUNTRY ARTIST

Chris Stapleton

Jason Aldean

Luke Bryan

Luke Combs

Morgan Wallen

FAVORITE FEMALE COUNTRY ARTIST

Carrie Underwood

Gabby Barrett

Kacey Musgraves

Maren Morris

Miranda Lambert

FAVORITE COUNTRY DUO OR GROUP

Dan + Shay

Florida Georgia Line

Lady A

Old Dominion

Zac Brown Band

FAVORITE COUNTRY ALBUM

Chris Stapleton “Starting Over”

Gabby Barrett “Goldmine”

Lee Brice “Hey World”

Luke Bryan “Born Here Live Here Die Here”

Morgan Wallen “Dangerous: The Double Album”

FAVORITE COUNTRY SONG

Chris Stapleton “Starting Over”

Chris Young Kane Brown “Famous Friends”

Gabby Barrett “The Good Ones”

Luke Combs “Forever After All”

Walker Hayes “Fancy Like”

FAVORITE MALE HIP-HOP ARTIST

Drake

Lil Baby

Moneybagg Yo

Polo G

Pop Smoke

FAVORITE FEMALE HIP-HOP ARTIST

Cardi B

Coi Leray

Erica Banks

Megan Thee Stallion

Saweetie

FAVORITE HIP-HOP ALBUM

Drake “Certified Lover Boy”

Juice WRLD “Legends Never Die”

Megan Thee Stallion “Good News”

Pop Smoke “Shoot For The Stars Aim For The Moon”

Rod Wave “SoulFly”

FAVORITE HIP-HOP SONG

Cardi B “Up”

Internet Money ft. Gunna, Don Toliver NAV “Lemonade”

Lil Tjay ft. 6LACK “Calling My Phone”

Polo G “RAPSTAR”

Pop Smoke “What You Know Bout Love”

FAVORITE MALE RB ARTIST

Chris Brown

Giveon

Tank

The Weeknd

Usher

FAVORITE FEMALE RB ARTIST

Doja Cat

H.E.R.

Jazmine Sullivan

Jhené Aiko

SZA

FAVORITE RB ALBUM

Doja Cat “Planet Her”

Giveon “When It’s All Said And Done… Take Time”

H.E.R. “Back of My Mind”

Jazmine Sullivan “Heaux Tales”

Queen Naija “missunderstood”

FAVORITE RB SONG

Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak) “Leave The Door Open”

Chris Brown Young Thug “Go Crazy”

Giveon “Heartbreak Anniversary”

H.E.R. “Damage”

Jazmine Sullivan “Pick Up Your Feelings”

FAVORITE MALE LATIN ARTIST

Bad Bunny

J Balvin

Maluma

Ozuna

Rauw Alejandro

FAVORITE FEMALE LATIN ARTIST

Becky G

Kali Uchis

KAROL G

Natti Natasha

ROSALÍA

FAVORITE LATIN DUO OR GROUP

Banda MS de Sergio Lizárraga

Calibre 50

Eslabon Armado

La Arrolladora Banda El Limón De Rene Camacho

Los Dos Carnales

FAVORITE LATIN ALBUM

Bad Bunny “EL ÚLTIMO TOUR DEL MUNDO”

Kali Uchis “Sin Miedo (del Amor y Otros Demonios)”

KAROL G “KG0516”

Maluma “PAPI JUANCHO”

Rauw Alejandro “Afrodisíaco”

FAVORITE LATIN SONG

Bad Bunny Jhay Cortez “DÁKITI”

Bad Bunny x ROSALÍA “LA NOCHE DE ANOCHE”

Farruko “Pepas”

Kali Uchis “telepatía”

Maluma The Weeknd “Hawái (Remix)”

FAVORITE ROCK ARTIST

AJR

All Time Low

Foo Fighters

Glass Animals

Machine Gun Kelly

FAVORITE INSPIRATIONAL ARTIST

CAIN

Carrie Underwood

Elevation Worship

Lauren Daigle

Zach Williams

FAVORITE GOSPEL ARTIST

Kanye West

Kirk Franklin

Koryn Hawthorne

Maverick City Music

Tasha Cobbs Leonard

FAVORITE DANCE/ELECTRONIC ARTIST

David Guetta

ILLENIUM

Marshmello

Regard

Tiësto


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