Hitmakers BTS stamps their authority at the American Music Awards

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“Seven boys from Korea, united by a love of music, met the love and support of all armies around the world.”

(LR) J-Hope, V, Suga, Jimin, Jin, Jungkook and RM from BTS will perform on stage at the 2021 American Music Awards at the Microsoft Theater on November 21, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Kevin Winter / Getty Images for MRC

NEW YORK (AP) – South Korean superstar BTS was named artist of the year at the American Music Awards on Sunday, discarding challenges from Taylor Swift, Drake and The Weeknd as they took home a total of three awards and teamed up with Coldplay for a breathtaking “My Universe” and closed the show with “Butter”.

“Seven boys from Korea, united by a love of music, met the love and support of all armies around the world,” said BTS ‘RM, after the group won their artist of the year for the first time. “This whole thing is a miracle. Seriously, we would never take this for granted.”

The band was also named the favorite pop duo or group and received the award for favorite pop song for “Butter”.

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

A previously scheduled appearance of “Butter” by BTS and Megan Thee Stallion was scrapped after the rapper mentioned personal reasons for dropping out Saturday. She proved to be a big winner: Named favorite female hip-hop artist, her “Good News” win for favorite hip-hop album and her “Body” were crowned as favorite trend song, a new award this year.

Olivia Rodrigo came into the night with seven leading nominations, but only took home the crown as this year’s favorite new artist. “Writing songs is my favorite thing in the whole world, and I’m so grateful to everyone who has taken my music to heart,” she said.

Rodrigo lost his favorite pop album to Taylor Swift’s “evermore”. In a recorded speech, Swift told her fans, “I’m so lucky to be in your life.” Swift also won for female favorite pop artists, giving her a career total of 34, the record for the most award-winning artist in AMA history.

Rodrigo performed his hit “Traitor” live on a stage covered in flowers, and Carrie Underwood and Jason Aldean brought a bit of country to the stage as they sang their pre-recorded duet “If I Didn’t Love You”. With a little help from Julieta Venegas and Tainy, Bad Bunny performed their hit “Lo Siento BB: /.”

Among live performances, the Italian band Måneskin made their American award-winning debut with their viral hit “Beggin”. Chlöe from Chloe x Halle hovered down the stage to perform her debut single as soloist “Have Mercy” as she swung her hair and twerking. Mickey Guyton received loud cheers as she sang her patriotic song “All American” in a silvery dress, while occasionally screaming “How yall do you?”

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

Becky G won for female favorite artists and thanked the Latinx community. “You are not alone,” she said. “We are the American dream.”

Machine Gun Kelly received the award for favorite rock artist. “I want to accept this for all the aspiring musicians, anyone who wants to play an instrument, wants to rap, wants to sing – not just the rock artists, but all the artists,” he said.

Earlier Sunday, Swift was named female favorite pop performer in conjunction with awards announced before the show, Ed Sheeran received the male favorite award, and Doja Cat with SZA on “Kiss Me More” was named the collaboration of the year. 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 Here” was named Favorite R&B Album.

Luke Bryan was named favorite country artist, and Bad Bunny was the favorite male Latin artist. The Weeknd was crowned as the favorite male R&B artist, and Drake won the male favorite hip-hop artist. Gabby Barrett went home with her favorite country album for “Goldmine” and her favorite country song for “The Good Ones”.

For the older viewers, New Edition and New Kids on the Block performed together. The Boston-based groups alternated with hits and exchanged hits: “You Got It (The Right Stuff”), “Candy Girl”, “Step By Step”, “Mr. Telephone Man” and united for “Can You Stand the Rain” , “Is This the End”, “Hangin ‘Tough” and “If It Is Not Love.”

His favorite Latin album went to Bad Bunny’s “El Último Tour Del Mundo.”

Host Cardi B, wearing a constant stream of new outfits, set the crowd in motion. Later, her song “Up” was named favorite hip-hop song. The Associated Press was unable to transmit images of Cardi B while on stage because her representatives demanded approval, a restriction that the AP would not accept.

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