Full List of 2021 American Music Awards Winners
BTS were among the big winners at the American Music Awards (AMAs) on Sunday (Nov. 21).
The K-Pop septet scooped three prizes at the fan-voted event hosted by Cardi B, and held at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, including Artist of the Year. The supergroup also scooped Favorite Pop Duo Or Group and Favorite Pop Song for "Butter".
For Artist Of The Year, the "My Universe" hitmakers - who took to the stage to perform the hit song with Coldplay - beat off stiff competition from Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande, The Weeknd, Drake and Olivia Rodrigo.
During BTS' speech for the award, RM recalled how nervous they were making their AMAs debut in 2017 and dedicated the win to their loyal ARMY. He said: "Four years ago, we had our first ever TV live performance on this stage, AMAs, it was "DNA". We were too excited and nervous at the time and it’s been a long and amazing ride since then, but nobody could have ever bet on the awesome (honor) of standing here and receiving this award – except you, ARMY.
"Seven boys from Korea united by a love for music met the love and support from all the ARMYs all over the world. This whole thing is a miracle. Seriously, we’ll never take this for granted. Thank you so much."
Megan Thee Stallion, who pulled out of performing due to an "unexpected personal issue", also won three awards for Favorite Trending Song for "Body", Favorite Female Artist (Hip-Hop) and Favorite Album with 'Good News' (Hip-Hop). Though she didn't attend, the "WAP" hitmaker took to Instagram to thank her Hotties.
She wrote: "Thank you hotties thank you @amas I’m so happy so proud ! I couldn’t be there physically this year but like I said I’m so excited for everything to come next year."
Kanye West was named Favorite Gospel artist, while Machine Gun Kelly was crowned the Favorite Rock star. He said in his speech: "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."
Swift - who broke the record for the most AMA wins - scooped two awards for Favorite Female Artist (Pop) and Favorite Album (Pop) for "evermore". Ed Sheeran took home the male version of the same award, and Olivia Rodrigo won New Artist of the Year. Drake was named Favorite Male Artist in the Hip-Hop category, and The Weeknd won the same title for R&B.
Standout performances included BTS, who gave the live debut of "My Universe" with Coldplay before closing the show with "Butter".
New Edition and New Kids On The Block took fans back to the 80s and 90s with a medley of hits.
Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak) opened with a red-hot rendition of "Smokin' Out the Window" and Olivia Rodrigo gave her debut performance with a stripped-back version of "Traitor".
Check out some of the videos from the 2021 American Music Awards below.
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