The American Music Awards were broadcast live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on ABC at 8 p.m. ET/PT. The award show was hosted by Cardi B. It included featured performances by BTS with Coldplay, Olivia Rodrigo, Tyler the Creator, Mneskin, Walker Hayes, Mickey Guyton, Bad Bunny, Tainy with Julieta Venegas, Carrie Underwood with Jason Aldean, Kane Brown, New Edition, and New Kids on the Block. Diplo was on duty as a DJ for the service.
Rodrigo and the Weeknd respectively led the categories with seven and six nominations. The show’s winners are chosen by the audience, with new categories this year including most loved moving song, most loved gospel craftsman, and most loved Latin team or gathering.
What are the American Music Awards?
The American Music Awards (AMAs) are a yearly American music entertainment expo, held primarily in the fall, created by Dick Clark in 1973 for ABC when the organization’s agreement to air the Grammy Awards expired. Until and including the 2005 release, both the champions and the assignments were chosen by music industry professionals based on business performance, such as revenues and playlists. Since the 2006 edition, champions have been determined by a poll of the general public and fans, who can vote via the AMAs website. Society Awards, a New York-based company, created the honor statuette.
History of the American Music Awards
Dick Clark created the AMAs in 1973 to compete with the Grammy Awards after the move of that year’s show to Nashville, Tennessee resulted in CBS obtaining the Grammy broadcasts after its initial two out of 1971 and 1972 were communicated on ABC. In 2014, the American organization Telemundo was granted permission to create a Spanish-language adaptation of the American Music Awards, and in 2015, the Latin American Music Awards were broadcast.
Through the 2005 release, both the winners and the designations were chosen by music industry professionals based on business execution, such as deals and airplay. Since the 2006 edition, champions have been determined by a poll of people in general and fans, who can vote via the AMAs website, while selections have remained based on deals, airplay, currently remembering action for informal organizations, and video viewing. Before 2010, we had designations based on deals and airplay and assigned each work, regardless of age. The Grammys are based on Academy votes and simply assign work from their qualification period, which changes frequently.
Hosts of AMA through time
Helen Reddy, Roger Miller, and Smokey Robinson were the primary hosts for the AMAs’ main broadcast. Helen Reddy produced the show and became the first female artist to win an AMA for Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist. For the first decade or so, the AMAs had different hosts, each addressing a different type of music. Glen Campbell, for example, would host the country segment (Campbell has co-hosted the AMAs more times than any other host or co-host), while various craftsmen would co-host to address their kind. In any case, there has only been one host recently.
Keenen Ivory Wayans became the first Hollywood entertainer to win the AMAs in 1991. From its inception in 1973 until 2002, the AMAs were held in mid-to-late-January but were moved to November (normally the Sunday before Thanksgiving) beginning in 2003 to avoid competing with other major entertainment ceremonies and to allow ABC to have an all-around evaluated entertainment expo during November clears.
Jimmy Kimmel facilitated the 2008 honors for the fourth year in a row. There was no host without precedent in history from 2009 to 2012. Overall, the AMAs followed in the footsteps of the Grammys by having various superstars give speeches. All the same, rapper Pitbull assisted with both the 2013 service and the 2014 function. Jennifer Lopez helped organize the 2015 show. The 2016 show was organized by Gigi Hadid and Jay Pharoah. Tracee Ellis Ross was the show’s producer in 2017 and 2018. Ciara organized the 2019 show. Between 2012 and 2014, as part of a marketing strategy for Samsung, the American Music Awards used the lock screen backdrop of Samsung Galaxy cell phones rather than envelopes to determine winners.
Each phone had an attractive screen cover that kept the background picture with the champ’s name hidden until it was opened. Dick Clark Productions announced a two-year sponsorship and content partnership with YouTube Music in August 2018.
How does it work?
The AMAs feature an incredible setup that includes first-time collaborations and select world debut performances from music’s biggest names – from Pop to Rap to R&B to Country to Latin to K-Pop – and that’s just the tip of the iceberg, just as important minutes that live on in mainstream society. The AMAs, the world’s largest fan-casted ballot entertainment ceremony, airs globally across an impression of direct and computerized stages in more than 120 nations and domains. As shown in the Billboard charts, chosen people rely on key fan collaborations such as streaming, collection deals, melody deals, and radio airplay. Billboard and its information partner MRC Data are following these forecasts, which cover the period from September 25, 2020, to September 23, 2021. The winners of the American Music Awards are chosen entirely by popular vote.
The American Music Awards 2021
Rodrigo accumulated the most gestures, totaling seven designations. Swift is up against Swift, Ariana Grande, BTS, Drake, and The Weeknd for Artist of the Year. Favorite Trending Song, Favorite Gospel Artist, and Favorite Latin Duo or Group are the three new categories. Cardi B was the go-to person for this year’s events. “I was so energized when I got the welcome to have the AMAs,” she said in an interview about making her facilitating debut. “I’m ready to bring my character to the AMAs.” The rapper received three AMA nominations, including Favorite Video for “Up.” Silk Sonic duo Bruno Mars and Anderson performed on Sunday evening.
They kicked off the 2021 American Music Awards by announcing the release of their collaborative collection An Evening With Silk Sonic. Before the start of the show, Taylor Swift broke her record for the most AMA wins ever, winning the award for most popular female pop craftsman. Pre-show champs additionally included Doja Cat, who scored three honors, alongside Meghan Thee Stallion with two.
Cardi B, the show’s host, kicked off the show with an energetic prologue to the audience: “I ain’t going to lie, I’m anxious, I’m shaking,” she said of her facilitating debut. Participants were hidden in the pit surrounding the stage, while VIP visitors were exposed in socially separated seating. Cardi also informed the audience that the topic of the evening would be main residences, as she gave a whoop to her old neighborhood in New York City, the Bronx. On Sunday, Bruno Mars and Anderson kicked off the 2021 American Music Awards with a bang, performing as team Silk Sonic. The two artists kicked off the show by shaking their dark red lounge suits and belting out the fan-pleasing execution of their smooth hit “Smokin’ Out The Window”.
Mars and Paak set the tone for the evening’s entertainment, and set the bar high for the rest of the performers, with their smooth strut and flawless vocals that have made Silk Sonic such an apt name for the gathering. This year, Silk Sonic was nominated for three American Music Awards: Favorite Music Video for “Leave the Door Open,” Favorite Pop Duo or Group, and Favorite R&B Song for “Leave the Door Open.” The duo has already performed to acclaim at the GRAMMYs in March, the iHeartRadio Music Awards in May, and the BET Awards in June. This is their first time performing at the American Music Awards. Rachel Zegler and Ansel Elgort shared a sneak peek at their upcoming musical film West Side Story, directed by Steven Spielberg, as they presented the award for most beloved stone craftsman.
Performances at the American Music Awards 2021
Olivia Rodrigo, a first-time candidate who drives the assignment pool with seven gestures, performed “Traitor” from her hit collection SOUR, accompanied by her acoustic guitar. Rodrigo also received the award for new craftsman of the year. “Writing songs is my favorite thing in the entire world, and I’m so grateful to every person who’s accepted my music,” the 18-year-old said in her acceptance speech. BTS and Coldplay, Chlöe, Mneskin, Carrie Underwood and Jason Aldean, Tyler, the Creator, Walker Hayes, Bad Bunny with Tainy and Julieta Venegas, Kane Brown, and Walker Hayes were among the additional performers. Diplo took over as the show’s first melodic guardian, DJ’ing the event throughout the evening.
Jennifer Lopez also sang “Coming,” a song from her upcoming film Marry Me. It’s a tender ballad with Lopez and Owen Wilson. Clasps from the film were shown in front of an audience close by the pop star, who is also a three-time AMA winner. In their “Clash of Boston” collaboration, New Kids on the Block and New Edition worked together for a mixed execution of their most well-known hits. The Massachusetts-based boybands kept the audience on their feet and moving throughout the performance. Despite previously being confirmed to perform, the AMA chose one, and champion Megan Thee Stallion did not take part.
BTS at the American Music Awards 2021
BTS, the Korean boyband and global sensation, received three awards. It included awards for the evening’s top artist of the year, as well as the most popular pop team or gathering and the most popular pop melody for their hit single “Spread.” BTS has the most successes on the night, followed by Doja Cat and Megan Thee Stallion, both of whom have three. BTS and Coldplay made their big American Music Awards 2021 debut together this evening (November 21) for the debut live version of their joint single “My Universe.” BTS won Favorite Pop Duo or Group in a matter of seconds during the presentation. The boyband was also named Artist of the Year.
BTS also performed “Spread,” which had previously won Favorite Pop Song earlier in the evening. Megan Thee Stallion was supposed to join BTS for their performance of “Spread” at this evening’s Cardi B-facilitated event, but she had to pull out “due to an unexpected individual matter,” she wrote on Twitter yesterday. This year, Meg won two AMA awards: Favorite Female Hip-Hop Artist and Favorite Hip-Hop Album (for Good News). “My Universe” appears on Coldplay’s most recent album, Music of the Spheres. Following its initial release, the single received a science fiction music video directed by Dave Meyers.
Controversy, awards, and ending of American Music Awards 2021
Morgan Wallen, a country music star, was chastised by the music industry after a video surfaced earlier this year showing him using a racial slur. The artist’s name was dropped, he was barred from attending the Academy of Country Music Awards, and his music was briefly pulled from radio broadcasts. However, despite his racial remarks, the “Bourbon Glasses” artist’s collection deal took off. Wallen was given a few assignments for the upcoming Country Music Association Awards — where he was named for the esteemed collection of the year — and the Billboard Music Awards, but he was not invited to either show. The nominees for the 2021 American Music Awards were announced on Thursday.
Wallen was nominated for Favorite Male Country Artist and Favorite Country Album, but there is an indicator next to his name. The bullet is clarified in an assertion credited to MRC Live and Alternative at the bottom of the chosen rundown. AMA clarified this, saying, “Morgan Wallen is a nominee this year based on charting. As his conduct does not align with our core values, we will not be including him on the show in any capacity. They go on to say that they will reconsider his advancement and participation in ongoing shows. The assertion also mentions how the AMA candidates are controlled by performance on the Billboard Charts and are not chosen by a democratic board or enrollment association.
A complete list of winners of the American Music Awards 2021
Artist of the Year
Favorite Music Video
Lil Nas X – “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)”
Favorite Male Artist – Pop
Favorite Male Artist – Hip-Hop
Favorite Male Artist – Country
Favorite Male Artist – R&B
Favorite Male Artist – Latin
Favorite Artist – Rock
Machine Gun Kelly
Favorite Artist – Inspirational
New Artist of the Year
Collaboration of the Year
Doja Cat featuring SZA – “Kiss Me More”
Favorite Female Artist – Pop
Favorite Female Artist – Hip-Hop
Megan Thee Stallion
Favorite Female Artist – Country
Favorite Female Artist – R&B
Favorite Female Artist – Latin
Favorite Artist – Electronic Dance Music
Favorite Artist – Gospel
Favorite Duo or Group – Pop
Favorite Duo or Group – Latin
Banda MS de Sergio Lizárraga
Favorite Song – Pop
BTS – “Butter”
Favorite Song – Hip-Hop
Cardi B – “Up”
Favorite Song – Country
Gabby Barrett – “The Good Ones”
Favorite Song – R&B
Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak) – “Leave the Door Open”
Favorite Song – Latin
Kali Uchis – “Telepatía”
Favorite Duo or Group – Country
Dan + Shay
Favorite Trending Song
Megan Thee Stallion – “Body”
Favorite Album – Pop
Taylor Swift – Evermore
Favorite Album – Hip-Hop
Megan Thee Stallion – Good News
Favorite Album – Country
Gabby Barrett – Goldmine
Favorite Album – R&B
Doja Cat – Planet Her
Favorite Album – Latin
Bad Bunny – El Último Tour Del Mundo
Taylor Swift received the award for best pop collection for her quarantine-period release Evermore in her second win of the evening. She expressed her love to the fan base for their support of Evermore, as well as her new re-release of Red (Taylor’s Version). Taylor ended up breaking her own record for the most AMAs won by a craftsperson yet again, now boasting 34 honors in her career. Following their evening of progress, BTS concluded the show with a performance of “Margarine.”