The 50th American Music Awards took place on Sunday night at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, hosted by Wayne Brady and airing on ABC.
Taylor Swift ruled the evening, sweeping all six categories for which she was nominated, including artist of the year, the night’s top honor. Swift is now the most decorated artist in AMAs history, with 40 career wins. BTS also broke records, winning in favorite pop duo or group for the fourth time, making them the most awarded group in the history of the category. Elton John took home his first AMA win since 1988 for best collaboration with Dua Lipa, becoming the longest-recognized artist in the awards show’s history. (John was first nominated for an AMA in 1974.)
Bad Bunny won for Best Male Latin Artist and his Un Verano Sin Ti was named Best Latin Album, while Anitta won for Best Female Latin Artist. Beyonce was awarded Best R&B Artist with her album Renaissance winning for Best R&B Album; and the Best Male R&B Artist statuette went to Chris Brown. Kendrick Lamar scored the Best Male Hip-Hop Artist award, with his Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers LP named Best Hip-Hop Album; Nicki Minaj won Best Female Hip-Hop Artist. Morgan Wallen earned the Best Male Country Artist award, and his single “Wasted on You” winning for Best Country Song.
Lionel Richie, a 17-time AMA winner, was honored with the Icon Award for his career contributions to the music industry, with Charlie Puth, Stevie Wonder and Ari Lennox performing a tribute to Richie.
For the full list of winners, head here.
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