South Korean superstars BTS had been topped artist of the year at the American Music Awards on Sunday, brushing apart challenges from Taylor Swift, Drake and The Weeknd as they took dwelling a total of three awards and teamed up with Coldplay for a raucous “My Universe” and closed the present with “Butter.”

“Seven boys from Korea, united by love for music, met the love and support from all the armies all over the world,” mentioned BTS’ RM after the group gained 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 additionally named favourite pop duo or group and acquired the favourite pop track award for “Butter.”

The present celebrated the greatest in style music for a second pandemic year with a combination of live and pre-taped performances. Silk Sonic’s Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak kicked off the awards on a cool, R&B and pre-taped be aware with their “Smokin Out the Window” and Jennifer Lopez pre-taped her “On My Way” from her upcoming romantic comedy “Marry Me.”

Coldplay and BTS perform "My Universe" at the American Music Awards on Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021 at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

Coldplay and BTS carry out “My Universe” at the American Music Awards on Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021 at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.
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An earlier scheduled efficiency of “Butter” by BTS and Megan Thee Stallion was scrapped after the rapper cited private causes for dropping out Saturday. She turned out to be an enormous winner: named favourite feminine hip-hop artist, her “Good News” profitable for favourite hip-hop album and her “Body” was topped favourite trending track, a brand new award this year.

Olivia Rodrigo got here into the night time with a number one seven nominations however solely took dwelling the crown for favourite new artist of the year. “Writing songs is my favorite thing in the whole world and I am so grateful for everyone who has embraced my music,” she mentioned.

Rodrigo misplaced favourite pop album to Taylor Swift’s “evermore.” In a taped speech, Swift informed her followers: “I’m so lucky to be in your life.” Swift additionally gained for favourite feminine pop artist, giving her a profession whole of 34, the document for the most awarded artist in AMA historical past.

Rodrigo carried out her hit “traitor” live on a stage coated with flowers and Carrie Underwood and Jason Aldean introduced a bit of nation to the stage after they sang their pre-taped duet “If I Didn’t Love You.” With a bit of assist from Julieta Venegas and Tainy, Bad Bunny carried out their hit “Lo Siento BB :/.”

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

Olivia Rodrigo performs “Traitor” at the American Music Awards on Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021 at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.
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Among live performances, Italian band Måneskin made their U.S. awards present debut with their viral hit “Beggin.’” Chlöe of Chloe x Halle floated down onto the stage to carry out her hit debut single as a soloist “Have Mercy,” swinging her hair and twerking. Mickey Guyton acquired loud cheers whereas singing her patriotic track “All American” in a silvery gown, periodically screaming out “How y’all doing?”

The fan-voted awards present aired live from Los Angeles on ABC. Nominees had been primarily based on streaming, album and digital gross sales, radio airplay and social exercise, and replicate the time interval of Sept. 25, 2020, by way of Sept. 23, 2021.

Becky G gained for favourite feminine Latin artists and thanked the Latinx group. “You are not alone,” she mentioned. “We are the American dream.”

Machine Gun Kelly grabbed the favourite rock artist award. “I want to accept this for all the aspiring musicians, the one who desires to play an instrument, wants to rap, wants to sing — not just the rock artists, but all the artists,” he mentioned.

Earlier Sunday, in awards introduced earlier than the present, Swift was named favourite feminine pop artist, Ed Sheeran acquired the favourite male award and Doja Cat that includes SZA on “Kiss Me More” was named collaboration of the year. Kanye West was named favourite gospel artist.

Underwood gained for favourite inspirational artist and favourite feminine nation artist and Doja Cat additionally gained two different awards: favourite feminine R&B artist and her “Planet Her” was named favourite R&B album.

Machine Gun Kelly, winner of the award for favorite rock artist poses in the press room at the American Music Awards on Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021, at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. 

Machine Gun Kelly, winner of the award for favourite rock artist poses in the press room at the American Music Awards on Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021, at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. 
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Luke Bryan was named favourite nation artist and Bad Bunny was the favourite male Latin artist. The Weeknd was topped favourite male R&B artist and Drake gained the favourite male hip-hop artist. Gabby Barrett took dwelling the favourite nation album for “Goldmine” and favourite nation track for “The Good Ones.”

For the older viewers, New Edition and New Kids on the Block carried out collectively. The Boston-based teams took turns with the hits, buying and selling hits: “You Got It (The Right Stuff”), “Candy Girl,” “Step By Step,” “Mr. Telephone Man” and uniting for “Can You Stand the Rain,” “Is This the End,” “Hangin’ Tough” and “If It Isn’t Love.”

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

Host Cardi B, carrying a continuing stream of new outfits, revved up the crowd. Later her track “Up” was named favourite hip-hop track. The Associated Press was not in a position to transmit pictures of Cardi B whereas she was onstage as a result of her representatives required approval, a restriction the AP wouldn’t settle for.