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AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS: Taylor Wins Big

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Taylor Swift was the big — and basically only — story at the American Music Awards Sunday night.

She won all six awards she was nominated for, including Artist of the Year. The only other multiple winners, with two apiece, were Kendrick LamarBTSHarry Styles and Bad Bunny.

The legendary Lionel Richie took home the Icon Award, presented by Smokey RobinsonStevie Wonder and Charlie Puth took to dueling pianos to pay tribute to him, then invited a number of the night’s stars onstage for “We Are the World.”

Other highlights:

  • Host Wayne Brady turned in a couple of memorable performances, including a freestyle rap where he asked audience for words to work into his verses.
  • Pink opened the show on roller skates doing her single “Never Gonna Not Dance Again.” Later in the show, she paid tribute to the late Olivia Newton-John with “Hopelessly Devoted to You.”
  • Machine Gun Kelly won Favorite Rock Artist but will probably be remembered more for his spiky suit — which he joked was difficult to go to the bathroom while wearing.
  • Kelly Rowland shut down an audience member who vocally objected to Chris Brown‘s win for Favorite Male R&B Artist.
  • Carrie Underwood took a page out of the Pink book and dropped from the ceiling on a trapeze apparatus while singing “Crazy Angels.”
  • Dove Cameron put a contemporary, LGBTQ spin on the traditional torch-singer performance with “Boyfriend.”

Complete Awards List (Winners in Bold)

ARTIST OF THE YEAR 

  • Adele
  • Bad Bunny
  • Beyoncé
  • Drake
  • Harry Styles
  • WINNER: Taylor Swift 
  • The Weeknd

NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR 

  • WINNER: Dove Cameron
  • Gayle
  • Latto
  • Måneskin
  • Steve Lacy

COLLABORATION OF THE YEAR 

  • Carolina Gaitán, Mauro Castillo, Adassa, Rhenzy Feliz, Diane Guerrero, Stephanie Beatriz & Encanto cast, “We Don’t Talk About Bruno”
  • WINNER: Elton John & Dua Lipa, “Cold Heart — PNAU Remix” 
  • Future ft. Drake & Tems, “Wait for U”
  • Lil Nas X ft. Jack Harlow, “Industry Baby”
  • The Kid Laroi & Justin Bieber, “Stay”

FAVORITE TOURING ARTIST 

  • Bad Bunny
  • WINNER: Coldplay 
  • Ed Sheeran
  • Elton John
  • The Rolling Stones

FAVORITE MUSIC VIDEO

  • Adele, “Easy On Me”
  • Bad Bunny ft. Chencho Corleone, “Me Porto Bonito”
  • Harry Styles, “As It Was”
  • Lil Nas X ft. Jack Harlow, “Industry Baby”
  • WINNER: Taylor Swift, “All Too Well (Taylor’s Version)” 

FAVORITE MALE POP ARTIST 

  • Bad Bunny
  • Drake
  • Ed Sheeran
  • WINNER: Harry Styles 
  • The Weeknd

FAVORITE FEMALE POP ARTIST 

  • Adele
  • Beyoncé
  • Doja Cat
  • Lizzo
  • WINNER: Taylor Swift 

FAVORITE POP DUO OR GROUP 

  • WINNER: BTS 
  • Coldplay
  • Imagine Dragons
  • Måneskin
  • OneRepublic

FAVORITE POP ALBUM 

  • Adele, 30
  • Bad Bunny, Un Verano Sin Ti
  • Beyoncé, Renaissance
  • Harry Styles, Harry’s House
  • WINNER: Taylor Swift, Red (Taylor’s Version) 
  • The Weeknd, Dawn FM

FAVORITE POP SONG 

  • Adele, “Easy On Me”
  • Carolina Gaitán, Mauro Castillo, Adassa, Rhenzy Feliz, Diane Guerrero, Stephanie Beatriz & Encanto cast, “We Don’t Talk About Bruno”
  • WINNER: Harry Styles, “As It Was” 
  • Lizzo, “About Damn Time”
  • The Kid Laroi & Justin Bieber, “Stay”

FAVORITE MALE COUNTRY ARTIST 

  • Chris Stapleton
  • Cody Johnson
  • Luke Combs
  • WINNER: Morgan Wallen 
  • Walker Hayes

FAVORITE FEMALE COUNTRY ARTIST 

  • Carrie Underwood
  • Lainey Wilson
  • Maren Morris
  • Miranda Lambert
  • WINNER: Taylor Swift 

FAVORITE COUNTRY DUO OR GROUP 

  • WINNER: Dan + Shay 
  • Lady A
  • Old Dominion
  • Parmalee
  • Zac Brown Band

FAVORITE COUNTRY ALBUM 

  • Carrie Underwood, Denim & Rhinestones
  • Luke Combs, Growin’ Up
  • Cody Johnson, Human: The Double Album
  • WINNER: Taylor Swift: Red (Taylor’s Version)
  • Walker Hayes, Country Stuff: The Album

FAVORITE COUNTRY SONG 

  • Chris Stapleton, “You Should Probably Leave”
  • Cody Johnson, “‘Til You Can’t”
  • Dustin Lynch ft. MacKenzie Porter, “Thinking ‘Bout You”
  • Jordan Davis ft. Luke Bryan, “Buy Dirt”
  • WINNER: Morgan Wallen, “Wasted on You”

FAVORITE MALE HIP-HOP ARTIST 

  • Drake
  • Future
  • WINNER: Kendrick Lamar
  • Lil Baby
  • Lil Durk

FAVORITE FEMALE HIP-HOP ARTIST 

  • Cardi B
  • GloRilla
  • Latto
  • Megan Thee Stallion
  • WINNER: Nicki Minaj 

FAVORITE HIP-HOP ALBUM 

  • Future, I Never Liked You
  • Gunna, DS4EVER
  • WINNER: Kendrick Lamar, Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers
  • Lil Durk, 7220
  • Polo G, Hall of Fame 2.0

FAVORITE HIP-HOP SONG 

  • WINNER: Future ft. Drake & Tems, “Wait for U” 
  • Jack Harlow, “First Class”
  • Kodak Black, “Super Gremlin”
  • Latto, “Big Energy”
  • Lil Nas X ft. Jack Harlow, “Industry Baby”

FAVORITE MALE R&B ARTIST 

  • Brent Faiyaz
  • WINNER: Chris Brown 
  • GIVĒON
  • Lucky Daye
  • The Weeknd

FAVORITE FEMALE R&B ARTIST 

  • WINNER: Beyoncé 
  • Doja Cat
  • Muni Long
  • Summer Walker
  • SZA

FAVORITE R&B ALBUM 

  • WINNER: Beyoncé, Renaissance
  • Drake, HonestlyNevermind
  • Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars & Anderson .Paak), An Evening With Silk Sonic
  • Summer Walker, Still Over It
  • The Weeknd, Dawn FM

FAVORITE R&B SONG 

  • WINNER: Beyoncé, “Break My Soul” 
  • Muni Long, “Hrs And Hrs”
  • Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars & Anderson .Paak), “Smokin Out the Window”
  • SZA, “I Hate U”
  • Wizkid ft. Tems, “Essence”

FAVORITE MALE LATIN ARTIST 

  • WINNER: Bad Bunny
  • Farruko
  • J Balvin
  • Jhayco
  • Rauw Alejandro

FAVORITE FEMALE LATIN ARTIST 

  • WINNER: Anitta 
  • Becky G
  • Kali Uchis
  • Karol G
  • ROSALÍA

FAVORITE LATIN DUO OR GROUP 

  • Banda MS de Sergio Lizárraga
  • Calibre 50
  • Eslabon Armado
  • Grupo Firme
  • WINNER: Yahritza Y Su Esencia 

FAVORITE LATIN ALBUM 

  • WINNER: Bad Bunny, Un Verano Sin Ti
  • Farruko, La 167
  • J Balvin, Jose
  • Rauw Alejandro, Vice Versa
  • ROSALÍA, Motomami

FAVORITE LATIN SONG 

  • Bad Bunny ft. Chencho Corleone, “Me Porto Bonito”
  • Becky G x Karol G, “Mamii”
  • Karol G, “Provenza”
  • Rauw Alejandro, “Todo de Ti”
  • WINNER: Sebastián Yatra, “Dos Oruguitas” 

FAVORITE ROCK ARTIST 

  • Imagine Dragons
  • WINNER: Machine Gun Kelly 
  • Måneskin
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • The Lumineers

FAVORITE ROCK SONG **New** 

  • Foo Fighters, “Love Dies Young”
  • Imagine Dragons x JID, “Enemy”
  • Kate Bush, “Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God)”
  • WINNER: Måneskin, “Beggin'” 
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers, “Black Summer”

FAVORITE ROCK ALBUM **New** 

  • Coldplay, Music of the Spheres
  • WINNER: Ghost, Impera 
  • Imagine Dragons, Mercury – Act 1
  • Machine Gun Kelly, Mainstream Sellout
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers, Unlimited Love

FAVORITE INSPIRATIONAL ARTIST 

  • Anne Wilson
  • WINNER: For King & Country
  • Katy Nichole
  • Matthew West
  • Phil Wickham

FAVORITE GOSPEL ARTIST 

  • CeCe Winans
  • Doe
  • E. Dewey Smith
  • Maverick City Music
  • WINNER: Tamela Mann 

FAVORITE DANCE/ELECTRONIC ARTIST

  • Diplo
  • WINNER: Marshmello 
  • Swedish House Mafia
  • The Chainsmokers
  • Tiësto

FAVORITE SOUNDTRACK

  • WINNER: Elvis
  • Encanto
  • Sing 2
  • Stranger Things season 4
  • Top Gun: Maverick

FAVORITE AFROBEATS ARTIST **New** 

  • Burna Boy
  • CKay
  • Fireboy DML
  • Tems
  • WINNER: Wizkid 

FAVORITE K-POP ARTIST **New** 

  • Blackpink
  • WINNER: BTS 
  • Seventeen
  • Tomorrow x Together
  • Twice

 

Written by: Tony Williams

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