American Music Awards 2020: Taylor Swift, BTS, The Weeknd take home top honours

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American Music Awards 2020: Taylor Swift, BTS, The Weeknd take home top honours

Pic: AMA Twitter
Pic: AMA Twitter
Taylor Swift won her third consecutive artist of the year prize at the American Music Awards, but she missed the show for a good reason: She said she's busy re-recording her songs' masters after her catalogue was sold.
In a video that aired during Sunday's awards show, the pop star said "the reason I'm not there tonight is I'm actually re-recording all of my old music in the studio where we originally recorded it. So it's been amazing. And I can't wait for you to hear it."

Swift beat out Bieber, Post Malone and Roddy Ricch to win the top award. She also won favourite music video and favourite pop/rock female artist.
The Weeknd lost artist of the year, but he still kicked off his all-star week as a big winner: Days before he's expected to land multiple Grammy nominations, the pop star dominated the 2020 American Music Awards with multiple wins.

The 30-year-old won favourite soul/R&B male artist, favourite soul/R&B album for "After Hours" and favourite soul/R&B song for "Heartless" on Sunday, two days before the 2021 Grammy nominations are announced.

"The last time I received this award it was given to me by the late, great Prince," he said after winning favourite soul/R&B album. "And, you know, he's the reason I get to constantly challenge the genre of R&B and yeah, I'd like to dedicate this to him," he said.

The Weeknd didn't break character throughout the three-hour show with his gauze-wrapped face, which matched the vibe of his recent album and music videos where he appears bloodied and bruised. He accepted his awards and performed with his face wrapped in gauze.

Kenny G joined the Weeknd for his performance, playing the sax in downtown Los Angeles as the Weeknd walked across a bridge singing "In Your Eyes." He finished the performance singing "Save Your Tears."

The Weeknd was one of several artists who appeared live at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles for the fan-voted awards show. Others recently taped their performances because of the coronavirus pandemic, though host Taraji P. Henson - who appeared live from the venue - said the few audience members sitting in the mezzanine practised social distancing, wore masks and were tested for the virus.

Breakthrough singer-rapper Doja Cat performed and won multiple honours, including new artist of the year and favourite soul/R&B female artist. Grammy-winning country duo Dan + Shay beautifully performed "I Should Probably Go to Bed" and won collaboration of the year and best country song for "10,000 Hours," both shared with Bieber. And Megan Thee Stallion - won favourite rap/hip-hop songs for "WAP" with Cardi B - performed "Body" from her recently released debut album "Good News."

K-Pop superstars BTS beat Billie Eilish, EXO, Ariana Grande to take home favourite social artist and favourite duo awards.

Bieber and Shawn Mendes kicked off the AMAs with a pre-taped performance of their new duet "Monster," marking the first time they performed the song together. It began with a stripped-down Bieber singing his recent hit "Lonely," and "Holy."

Mendes, strumming his guitar, then appeared for "Monster," which featured the twentysomethings singing lyrics about fame and growing up as celebrities who attracted massive public attention. Mendes later sang his song "Wonder" during the show.

This year the AMAs, which typically awards one Latin honour, launched more categories in the genre. Becky G - who recently had

See the full list of winners below:

ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Justin Bieber
Post Malone
Roddy Ricch
Taylor Swift - WINNER
The Weeknd



NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Lewis Capaldi
Doja Cat - WINNER
DaBaby
Lil Baby
Roddy Ricch
Megan Thee Stallion

COLLABORATION OF THE YEAR
Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion, “WAP”
DaBaby ft. Roddy Ricch, “Rockstar”
Dan + Shay with Justin Bieber, “10,000 Hours” - WINNER
Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande, “Rain On Me”
Megan Thee Stallion ft. Beyoncé, “Savage Remix”

FAVORITE SOCIAL ARTIST
BTS - WINNER
Billie Eilish
EXO
Ariana Grande
NCT 127



FAVORITE MUSIC VIDEO
Doja Cat, “Say So”
Future ft. Drake, “Life Is Good”
Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande, “Rain On Me”
Taylor Swift, “cardigan” - WINNER
The Weeknd, “Blinding Lights”



FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – POP/ROCK
Justin Bieber - WINNER
Post Malone
The Weeknd



FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – POP/ROCK
Dua Lipa
Lady Gaga
Taylor Swift - WINNER

FAVORITE DUO OR GROUP – POP/ROCK
BTS - WINNER
Jonas Brothers
Maroon 5

FAVORITE ALBUM – POP/ROCK
Harry Styles, Fine Line - WINNER
Taylor Swift, folklore
The Weeknd, After Hours

FAVORITE SONG – POP/ROCK

Lewis Capaldi, “Someone You Loved”
Dua Lipa, “Don’t Start Now” - WINNER
Post Malone, “Circles”
Roddy Ricch, “The Box”
The Weeknd, “Blinding Lights”



FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – COUNTRY
Kane Brown - WINNER
Luke Combs
Morgan Wallen

FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – COUNTRY
Gabby Barrett
Miranda Lambert
Maren Morris - WINNER

FAVORITE DUO OR GROUP – COUNTRY
Dan + Shay - WINNER
Florida Georgia Line
Old Dominion

FAVORITE ALBUM – COUNTRY
Luke Combs, What You See Is What You Get
Blake Shelton, Fully Loaded: God’s Country - WINNER
Morgan Wallen, If I Know Me

FAVORITE SONG – COUNTRY
Dan + Shay with Justin Bieber, “10,000 Hours” - WINNER
Maren Morris, “The Bones”
Blake Shelton (Duet with Gwen Stefani), “Nobody But You”

FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – RAP/HIP-HOP
DaBaby
Juice WRLD - WINNER
Roddy Ricch

FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – RAP/HIP-HOP
Cardi B
Nicki Minaj - WINNER
Megan Thee Stallion

FAVORITE ALBUM – RAP/HIP-HOP
Lil Baby, My Turn
Lil Uzi Vert, Eternal Atake
Roddy Ricch, Please Excuse Me For Being Antisocial - WINNER

FAVORITE SONG – RAP/HIP-HOP
Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion, “WAP”
DaBaby ft. Roddy Ricch, “Rockstar”
Roddy Ricch, “The Box”



FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – SOUL/R&B
Chris Brown
John Legend
The Weeknd - WINNER

FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – SOUL/R&B
Jhene Aiko
Doja Cat - WINNER
Summer Walker



FAVORITE ALBUM – SOUL/R&B
Doja Cat, Hot Pink
Summer Walker, Over It
The Weeknd, After Hours - WINNER

FAVORITE SONG – SOUL/R&B
Chris Brown ft. Drake, "No Guidance"
Summer Walker, "Playing Games"
The Weeknd, "Heartless" - WINNER

FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – LATIN
Bad Bunny - WINNER
J Balvin
Ozuna

FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – LATIN
Becky G - WINNER
KAROL G
Rosalía

FAVORITE ALBUM – LATIN

Anuel AA, Emmanuel
Bad Bunny, Las que no iban a salir - WINNER
Bad Bunny, YHLQMDLG

FAVORITE SONG – LATIN
Bad Bunny “Vete”
Black Eyed Peas X J Balvin “RITMO (Bad Boys For Life)”
KAROL G & Nicki Minaj “Tusa” - WINNER

FAVORITE ARTIST – ALTERNATIVE ROCK
Billie Eilish
Tame Impala
twenty one pilots

FAVORITE ARTIST – ADULT CONTEMPORARY
Lewis Capaldi
Jonas Brothers - WINNER
Maroon 5

FAVORITE ARTIST – CONTEMPORARY INSPIRATIONAL
Lauren Daigle - WINNER
for KING & COUNTRY
Kanye West

FAVORITE ARTIST – ELECTRONIC DANCE MUSIC (EDM)
Kygo

Lady Gaga - WINNER

Marshmello


FAVORITE SOUNDTRACK

Birds of Prey: The Album - WINNER

Frozen II

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