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South Korean superstar BTS was crowned Artist of the Year at the American Music Awards on Sunday, surpassing the challenges of Taylor Swift, Drake and The Weeknd. total three awards and teamed up with Coldplay for a raucous “My Universe” and closed the show with “Butter.”

“Seven boys from Korea, united by a love for music, met by the love and support of all armies around the world,” said BTS’s RM after the group won its Artist of the Year for the first time. “This whole thing is a miracle. Seriously, we would never take this lightly.”


The band was also named Favorite Pop Duo or Group and received the Favorite Pop Song Award for “Butter”.

The show celebrated the best of popular music for a second pandemic year with a mix of live and pre-taped performances. Bruno Mars & Anderson of Silk Sonic. Pak debuted the awards on a funky, R&B and pre-taped note with her “Smokin’ Out the Window” and Jennifer Lopez pre-taped “On My Way” from her upcoming romantic comedy “Marry Me” . ,

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The previously scheduled performance of “Butter” by BTS and Megan Thee Stallion was dropped after the rapper cited personal reasons for opting out on Saturday. She went on to be a big winner: Named Favorite Female Hip-Hop Artist, her “Good News” won for Favorite Hip-Hop Album and her “Body” was crowned Favorite Trending Song, a new award this year.

Olivia Rodrigo came into the night with a major seven nominations, but only took home the crown for Favorite New Artist of the Year. “Writing songs is my favorite thing in the whole world and I am so grateful to everyone who has embraced my music,” she said.

Rodrigo lost favorite pop album to Taylor Swift’s “Evermore”. In a taped speech, Swift told her fans: “I’m so lucky to have you in my life.” Swift also won for Favorite Female Pop Artist, giving her a career total of 34, which holds the record for the most awarded artist in AMA history.

Rodrigo performed his hit “Traitor” live on a stage covered with flowers, and Carrie Underwood and Jason Aldean brought a little country to the stage when they performed their pre-taped duet “If I Didn’t Love You”. Sung. With a little help from Juliette Venegas and Tanny, Bad Bunny performed their hit “Lo Ciento Bibi :/”.

Olivia Rodrigo performs "Traitor" at the American Music Awards at the Microsoft Theater on Sunday, November 21, 2021 in Los Angeles.

In between live performances, Italian band Menskin made their US Awards show debut with their viral hit “Begin”. Chloe x Halle’s Chloe takes to the stage to perform her hit debut single “Have Mercy” as a solo artist with her hair twirling and Mickey Gayton singing her patriotic song “All American” in a twinkling silver dress. rang from time to time, “How are you doing?”

The fan-voted award show was broadcast live from Los Angeles on ABC. The nominees were based on streaming, album and digital sales, radio broadcasts and social activity and reflect the time period from September 25, 2020 to September 23, 2021.

Becky G wins for Favorite Female Latin Artist and thanks the Latinx community. “You are not alone,” she said. “We are the American dream.”

Machine Gun Kelly wins Favorite Rock Artist. “I want to admit it to all aspiring musicians who want to play an instrument, rap, want to sing – not just rock artists, but all artists,” he said.

Earlier on Sunday, at the awards announced ahead of the show, Swift was named Favorite Female Pop Artist, Ed Sheeran received the Favorite Male Award and Doja Cat featuring SZA on “Kiss Me More” was named Collaboration of the Year. had gone. Kanye West was named Favorite Gospel Artist.

Underwood won for Favorite Inspirational Artist and Favorite Female Country Artist, and Doja Cat also won two other awards: Favorite Female R&B Artist and her “Planet Her” was named Favorite R&B Album.

Machine Gun Kelly, winner of the award for Favorite Rock Artist, in the press room at the American Music Awards on Sunday, November 21, 2021 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

Luke Bryan was named Favorite Country Artist and Bad Bunny was the Favorite Male Latin Artist. The Weeknd was crowned Favorite Male R&B Artist and Drake won Favorite Male Hip-Hop Artist. Gabby Barrett took home the favorite country album for “Goldmine” and the favorite country song for “The Good Ones.”

For older audiences, New Edition and New Kids on the Block performed together. The Boston-based groups alternated with hits, trading hits: “You Got It (The Right Stuff”), “Candy Girl,” “Step by Step,” “Mr. Telephone Man” and “Can You Stand the Rain,” “This Is the End,” “Hangin’ Tough” and “If It Ain’t Love.”

Favorite Latin album went to Bad Bunny’s “El Ultimo Tour del Mundo”.

Host Cardi B wowed the crowd by constantly wearing new outfits. His song “Up” was later named his favorite hip-hop song. The Associated Press was not able to broadcast images of Cardi B while she was on stage because her representatives required approval, a ban the AP would not accept.