Taylor Swift wins top prize, The Weeknd dominates AMAs

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Taylor Swift won her third consecutive Artist of the Year award at the American Music Awards, but she missed the show for good reason: She said she was busy re-recording her early music after her catalog was sold. .In a video released at Sunday’s awards show, the pop star said, “The reason I’m not here tonight is that I’m actually re-recording all of my old music in the studio where we’re playing it. initially recorded. So it’s incredible. And I can’t wait for you to hear it. ”

Last year, music director Scooter Braun – who manages Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande – announced that his company Ithaca Holdings had acquired Big Machine Label Group, which is home to Swift’s first six albums. This month, Braun said he sold the main rights to Swift’s first six albums to an investment company; Swift acknowledged the sale on social media and said she would not be working with new buyers as Braun was still involved.

Instead, she returned to the studio.

Swift beat Bieber, Post Malone and Roddy Ricch to win the top prize. She also won Favorite Music Video and Favorite Female Pop / Rock Artist, taking home three honors and tying Bieber, Dan + Shay and The Weeknd for most wins on Sunday.

The Weeknd wins big

The Weeknd lost Artist of the Year, but he still kicked off his All-Star Week as the Biggest Winner: Days before he expected to win multiple Grammy nominations, he took home the Artist Favorite Soul / R & B Male, Favorite Soul / R & B Album For After hours and favorite soul / R & B song for Heartless two days before the announcement of the 2021 Grammy nominations.

“The last time I received this award, it was presented to me by the late Great Prince,” he said after winning the favorite soul / R & B album. “And, you know, that’s the reason I constantly question the R&B genre and yes, I’d like to dedicate that to him.” ”

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

Kenny G joined The Weeknd for his performance, playing the saxophone in downtown Los Angeles as The Weeknd crossed a bridge singing In your eyes. He ended the performance by singing Save your tears.

WATCH | The Weeknd wins favorite soul / R & B album:

The Weeknd was one of several performers who appeared live at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles for the fan-voted award. Others have recently recorded their performances due to the coronavirus pandemic, although host Taraji P. Henson – who appeared live from the venue – said the few members of the audience seated in the mezzanine were practicing distancing social worker, wore masks and had been tested for the virus.

Henson joked that A-List celebrities were in the audience, including Beyoncé, although a cardboard cutout of the singer, Jay-Z and other stars appeared in the seats.

But a good number of peaks were in the building. Revolutionary singer-rapper Doja Cat performed and won the award for New Artist of the Year and Favorite Female Soul / R&B Artist. Grammy-winning country duo Dan + Shay performed beautifully I should probably go to bed and won Favorite Country Duo or Group, Collaboration of the Year, and Favorite Country Song for 10,000 hours, the last two shared with Bieber. And Megan Thee Stallion – won favorite rap / hip-hop songs for WAP with Cardi B – played Corps from his recently released debut album Good news.

Bieber and Shawn Mendes kicked off the AMAs with a pre-recorded performance of their new duo Monster, marking the first time they performed the song together. It started with a stripped down Bieber singing his recent hit solitaire, with songwriter-producer Benny Blanco on piano, and Saint, where background dancers wearing masks joined him.

In this screenshot provided by ABC, Justin Bieber performs at the American Music Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (ABC / The Associated Press)

Mendes, strumming his guitar, then appeared to Monster, which featured the twenty-five-year-old singing lyrics about celebrity and growing up as celebrities that caught the public’s attention. Mendes later sang his song Wonder during the show, which airs on ABC.

Katy Perry, in her first performance since the birth of her first child, gave a strong performance of the song, touching and full of hope Only love, which featured a surprise appearance by Darius Rucker, who sang and played guitar. With blazing red lights behind her, Billie Eilish sang her new song So I am, as her brother-songwriter-producer Finneas supported her on the guitar. Jennifer Lopez and Maluma have teamed up to perform their new songs Really you and solitaire from the movie Marry me, in which both play, while Dua Lipa – who won favorite pop / rock song – floated through the air during her performance of Levitation.

24kGoldn and Iann Dior – who currently have the country’s No.1 song with the hit Ambiance, also played. The multi-genre song is the rare song that reached # 1 on the rap and rock charts.

Other artists included BTS, Lewis Capaldi, Machine Gun Kelly, Lil Baby, Bell Biv DeVoe, and Nelly, who performed hits from their Diamond Certified debut album. Country grammar, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.

This year, AMAs, which usually bestow a Latin honor, launched more categories in the genre. Becky G – who burst onto the music scene in 2014 with the pop hit douche but recently had success singing in Spanish and throwing hits on the Latin charts – won the favorite Latin female artist.

She used her speech to honor immigrant families.

“I proudly wave the two flags, Mexican and American. And like many immigrant children and grandchildren, no matter where they’re from, we’ve learned from those who came before us what sacrifice and hard work looks like, ”she said. “And I dedicate this award to all of our immigrant workers in this pandemic; students and immigrant families. It is because of my family, my abuelitos, that I am here today.

Nominees for AMAs were based on streaming, album and digital sales, radio broadcast and social activity, and reflect the period September 27, 2019 to September 24, 2020.

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