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Recap: AMAs 2020 + Full list of winners

Posted on November 23, 2020

The American Music Awards 2020 were given this past Sunday, November 22nd. One of the last award shows of the 2020 year was hosted by Taraji P. Henson live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, who was joined by a huge array of presenters. The show also counted with live performances from artists like Katy Perry, Billie Eilish, Justin Bieber and Shawn Mendes. Respecting Covid-19 prevention measures, a small crowd was allowed into the balconies of the theatre.

Although The Weeknd and Roddy Ricch went into the show leading with eight nominations each, this wasn’t a night where some artist completely knocked out the competition like we have seen in some occasion this year. However, The Weekend, Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift and Dan + Shay were clearly the ones who went to bed happier, for each won three AMAs.

The night kicked-off with Justin Bieber returning to the AMAs for the first time since 2016. The Canadian singer performed his latest two singles “Holy” and “Lonely”. Justin was then joined by Shawn Mendes and together they performed “Monster”, the second single from Shawn’s new album “Wonder”, coming out next week on Friday December 4th.

Press photo for Justin Bieber and Shawn Mendes, “Monster”

Right after the duo ended, the host of the night, Taraji P. Henson gave an energetic performance that marked the real start of the night. So, let’s see what happened.

The Weekend won Favorite Album – Soul/R&B with “After Hours” and dedicated the award to the late Prince. Soon after he would delight us with the world premiere performance of “Save Your Tears” and would win two more awards: Favorite Male Artist – Soul/R&B and Favorite Song – Soul/R&B with “Heartless”.

Artwork for “After Hours”, the album that won The Weeknd three AMAs

Doja Cat was the Favorite Female Artist – Soul/R&B and also the New Artist of the Year. Becky G, Bad Bunny and Nicky Minaj also won last night.

Katy Perry performed for the first time since she became a mom! And Dua Lipa, who accepted the award from the UK, won Favorite Song – Pop/Rock. She would later perform from the Royal Albert Hall in London, and Megan Thee Stallion performed on stage at L.A. If it’s performances we are talking about, we cannot forget that America’s Sweetheart, Lewis Capaldi, moved us all as always with his.

Justin Bieber and Dan + Shay took home the award for Collaboration of the Year as well as Favorite Song – Country with “10,000 Hours” and Justin also won Favorite Male Artist – Pop/Rock whereas the duo also won Favorite Duo or Group – Country. Dan + Shay also performed!

Taylor Swift won Artist of the Year. She also took home Favorite Female Artist – Pop/Rock and Favorite Music Video for “cardigan”. Taylor revealed that she is re-recording her previous albums!

Other winners and performers include Billie Eilish, Machine Gun Kelly and BTS. The group won Favorite Social Artist, Favorite Duo or Group – Pop/Rock and gave a world premiere performance recorded from South Korea. Also, Lady Gaga keeps having a great year because she won Favorite Artist – Electronic Dance Music (EDM).

But enough recap! Maybe you prefer to read the full list on your own? Because here it is! These are all the winners and nominees to the 2020 AMAs:

ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Justin Bieber
Post Malone
Roddy Ricch
WINNER: Taylor Swift
The Weeknd

NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Lewis Capaldi
WINNER: Doja Cat
DaBaby
Lil Baby
Roddy Ricch
Megan Thee Stallion

COLLABORATION OF THE YEAR
Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion, “WAP”
DaBaby ft. Roddy Ricch, “Rockstar”
WINNER: Dan + Shay with Justin Bieber, “10,000 Hours”
Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande, “Rain On Me”
Megan Thee Stallion ft. Beyoncé, “Savage Remix”

FAVORITE SOCIAL ARTIST
WINNER: BTS
Billie Eilish
EXO
Ariana Grande
NCT 127

FAVORITE MUSIC VIDEO
Doja Cat, “Say So”
Future ft. Drake, “Life Is Good”
Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande, “Rain On Me”
WINNER: Taylor Swift, “cardigan”
The Weeknd, “Blinding Lights”

FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – POP/ROCK
WINNER: Justin Bieber
Post Malone
The Weeknd

FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – POP/ROCK
Dua Lipa
Lady Gaga
WINNER: Taylor Swift

FAVORITE DUO OR GROUP – POP/ROCK
WINNER: BTS
Jonas Brothers
Maroon 5

FAVORITE ALBUM – POP/ROCK
WINNER: Harry Styles, Fine Line
Taylor Swift, folklore
The Weeknd, After Hours

FAVORITE SONG – POP/ROCK
Lewis Capaldi, “Someone You Loved”
WINNER: Dua Lipa, “Don’t Start Now”
Post Malone, “Circles”
Roddy Ricch, “The Box”
The Weeknd, “Blinding Lights”

FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – COUNTRY
WINNER: Kane Brown
Luke Combs
Morgan Wallen

FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – COUNTRY
Gabby Barrett
Miranda Lambert
WINNER: Maren Morris

FAVORITE DUO OR GROUP – COUNTRY
WINNER: Dan + Shay
Florida Georgia Line
Old Dominion

FAVORITE ALBUM – COUNTRY
Luke Combs, What You See Is What You Get
WINNER: Blake Shelton, Fully Loaded: God’s Country
Morgan Wallen, If I Know Me

FAVORITE SONG – COUNTRY
WINNER: Dan + Shay with Justin Bieber, “10,000 Hours”
Maren Morris, “The Bones”
Blake Shelton (Duet with Gwen Stefani), “Nobody But You”

FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – RAP/HIP-HOP
DaBaby
WINNER: Juice WRLD
Roddy Ricch

FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – RAP/HIP-HOP
Cardi B
WINNER: Nicki Minaj
Megan Thee Stallion

FAVORITE ALBUM – RAP/HIP-HOP
Lil Baby, My Turn
Lil Uzi Vert, Eternal Atake
WINNER: Roddy Ricch, Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial

FAVORITE SONG – RAP/HIP-HOP
WINNER: Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion, “WAP”
DaBaby ft. Roddy Ricch, “Rockstar”
Roddy Ricch, “The Box”

FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – SOUL/R&B
Chris Brown
John Legend
WINNER: The Weeknd

FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – SOUL/R&B
Jhene Aiko
WINNER: Doja Cat
Summer Walker

FAVORITE ALBUM – SOUL/R&B
Doja Cat, Hot Pink
Summer Walker, Over It
WINNER: The Weeknd, After Hours

FAVORITE SONG – SOUL/R&B
Chris Brown ft. Drake, “No Guidance”
Summer Walker, “Playing Games”
WINNER: The Weeknd, “Heartless”

FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – LATIN
WINNER: Bad Bunny
J Balvin
Ozuna

FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – LATIN
WINNER: Becky G
KAROL G
Rosalía

FAVORITE ALBUM – LATIN
Anuel AA, Emmanuel
Bad Bunny, Las que no iban a salir
WINNER: Bad Bunny, YHLQMDLG

FAVORITE SONG – LATIN
Bad Bunny, “Vete”
Black Eyed Peas X J Balvin, “RITMO (Bad Boys For Life)”
WINNER: KAROL G & Nicki Minaj, “Tusa”

FAVORITE ARTIST – ALTERNATIVE ROCK
Billie Eilish
Tame Impala
WINNER: twenty one pilots

FAVORITE ARTIST – ADULT CONTEMPORARY
Lewis Capaldi
WINNER: Jonas Brothers
Maroon 5

FAVORITE ARTIST – CONTEMPORARY INSPIRATIONAL
WINNER: Lauren Daigle
for KING & COUNTRY
Kanye West

FAVORITE ARTIST – ELECTRONIC DANCE MUSIC (EDM)
Kygo
WINNER: Lady Gaga
Marshmello

FAVORITE SOUNDTRACK
WINNER: Birds of Prey: The Album
Frozen II
Trolls: World Tour

What do you think? Did your favourites win? What’s your overall opinion on awards season 2020? Let us know on Instagram at @Umusic!


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