BTS snags Artist of the Year at American Music Awards; Taylor Swift breaks her own record

  • The South Korean superstars were crowned artist of the year beating Taylor Swift, Drake and The Weeknd, and are the first Asian band to win the coveted prize
  • Swift won pop album “evermore” and now has 34 AMA wins
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The South Korean boy band swept the AMAs with three wins including the coveted artist of the year award. Photo: Reuters

BTS had a major night at the American Music Awards.

The boy band from Korea ended the show performing their AMA-winning hit Butter and won every award they were nominated for: Favorite pop duo or group (for the third time in a row); favorite pop song and the coveted artist of the year award (for the first time).

Accepting the best artist award, 27-year-old RM called “this whole thing is a miracle. Seriously, we will never take this for granted.”

“Four years ago, we had given this first-time-ever TV live performance at this stage AMAs for DNA. We were so excited and nervous at the time. It’s been a long and amazing ride since then, but nobody could have ever bet on the odds of us standing here receiving this award. Except for the ARMY. Seven boys from Korea, united by a love for music, met the love and support from all the ARMY all over the world.”

Ahead of the televised show, taking place Sunday night at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles, a slew of awards were announced earlier in the day.

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Taylor Swift broke her own record when she won favorite female pop artist for the seventh time and topped her previous record for most AMA wins of all time. Swift also won for best pop album evermore during the show and now has 34 AMA trophies.

Also winning three awards each were Doja Cat and Megan Thee Stallion. Ed Sheeran won favorite male pop artist while Drake and Megan Thee Stallion won favorite male and female hip-hop artists.

AMA nominees are selected based on fan interactions with music (including streaming, album sales, song sales, radio airplay, social engagement) that are tracked by Billboard and its data partner MRC Data, according to the organization. Winners are determined by fan voting.

Here are some of the 2021 AMA nominees and winners:

New Artist of the Year
• Winner: Olivia Rodrigo
• 24kGoldn
• Giveon
• Masked Wolf
• The Kid LAROI

Artist of the Year
• Winner: BTS
• Ariana Grande
• Drake
• Taylor Swift
• Olivia Rodrigo
• The Weeknd

Collaboration of the year
• Winner: Kiss Me More Doja Cat ft. SZA
DÁKITI Bad Bunny & Jhay Cortez
Go Crazy Chris Brown & Young Thug
Mood 24kGoldn ft. iann dior
Peaches Justin Bieber ft. Daniel Caesar & Giveon

Favorite trending song
• Winner: Body Megan Thee Stallion
Beggin’ Måneskin
Buss It Erica Banks
drivers license Olivia Rodrigo
Adderall (Corvette Corvette) Popp Hunna

Favorite music video
• Winner: MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name) Lil Nas X
Up Cardi B
Leave The Door Open Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak)
drivers license Olivia Rodrigo
Save Your Tears The Weeknd

Favorite male pop artist
• Winner: Ed Sheeran
• Drake
• Justin Bieber
• Lil Nas X
• The Weeknd

Favorite female pop artist
• Winner: Taylor Swift
• Doja Cat
• Dua Lipa
• Olivia Rodrigo
• Ariana Grande

Favorite pop duo or group
• Winner: BTS
• Glass Animals
• Maroon 5
• Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak)

Favorite pop album
• Winner: evermore Taylor Swift
Future Nostalgia Dua Lipa
sour Olivia Rodrigo
positions Ariana Grande

Favorite pop song
• Winner: Butter BTS
Kiss Me More Doja Cat ft. SZA
Levitating Dua Lipa
drivers license Olivia Rodrigo
Save Your Tears (Remix) The Weeknd & Ariana Grande

Favorite male hip-hop artist
• Winner: Drake
• Lil Baby
• Moneybagg Yo
• Polo G
• Pop Smoke

Favorite female hip-hop artist
• Winner: Megan Thee Stallion
• Coi Leray
• Erica Banks
• Cardi B
• Saweetie

Favorite hip-hop album
• Winner: Good News Megan Thee Stallion
Legends Never Die Juice WRLD
Certified Lover Boy Drake
Shoot For The Stars Aim For The Moon Pop Smoke
SoulFly Rod Wave

Favorite hip-hop song
• Winner: Up Cardi B
Lemonade Internet Money ft. Gunna, Don Toliver & NAV
Calling My Phone Lil Tjay ft. 6LACK
What You Know Bout Love Pop Smoke

Favorite male R&B artist
• Winner: The Weeknd
• Giveon
• Tank
• Chris Brown
• Usher

Favorite female R&B artist
• Winner: Doja Cat
• H.E.R.
• Jazmine Sullivan
• Jhené Aiko

Favorite R&B Album
• Winner: Planet Her Doja Cat
When It’s All Said And Done... Take Time Giveon
Back of My Mind H.E.R.
Heaux Tales Jazmine Sullivan
Missunderstood Queen Naija

Favorite R&B song
• Winner: Leave The Door Open Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak)
Go Crazy Chris Brown & Young Thug
Heartbreak Anniversary Giveon
Damage H.E.R.
Pick Up Your Feelings Jazmine Sullivan

Favorite rock artist
• Winner: Machine Gun Kelly
• All Time Low
• Foo Fighters
• Glass Animals

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