AMAs 2020: Taylor Swift named Artist of the Year, The Weeknd snags three prizes; see full winners' list

From Justin Bieber and Shawn Mendes' opening performance of their new duet, 'Monster,' to Meghan Thee Stallion's performance of 'Body,' here's all that happened at the 2020 American Music Awards.

FP Staff November 23, 2020 11:09:40 IST
AMAs 2020: Taylor Swift named Artist of the Year, The Weeknd snags three prizes; see full winners' list

Taylor Swift won her third consecutive artist of the year prize at the but she missed the show for a good reason: She said she’s busy re-recording her songs’ masters after her catalog was sold.

In a video that aired during Sunday’s awards show, the pop star said “the reason I’m not there tonight is I’m actually re-recording all of my old music in the studio where we originally recorded it. So it’s been amazing. And I can’t wait for you to hear it.”

Swift beat out Bieber, Post Malone, and Roddy Ricch to win the top award. She also won favourite music video and favourite pop/rock female artist.

The Weeknd won three honours at the American Music Awards. The Weeknd lost artist of the year, but he still kicked off his all-star week as a big winner: Days before he’s expected to land multiple Grammy nominations, the pop star dominated the 2020 American Music Awards with multiple wins.

The 30-year-old won favourite soul/R&B male artist, favourite soul/R&B album for After Hours and favourite soul/R&B song for 'Heartless' on Sunday, two days before the 2021 Grammy nominations are announced.

“The last time I received this award it was given to me by the late, great Prince,” he said after winning favourite soul/R&B album. “And, you know, he’s the reason I get to constantly challenge the genre of R&B, and yeah, I’d like to dedicate this to him,” he said.

The Weeknd didn’t break character throughout the three-hour show with his gauze-wrapped face, which matched the vibe of his recent album and music videos where he appears blooded and bruised. He accepted his awards and performed with his face wrapped in gauze.

Kenny G joined the Weeknd for his performance, playing the sax in downtown Los Angeles as the Weeknd walked across a bridge singing 'In Your Eyes.' He finished the performance singing 'Save Your Tears.'

The Weeknd was one of several artists who appeared live at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles for the fan-voted awards show. Others recently taped their performances because of the coronavirus pandemic, though host Taraji P Henson — who appeared live from the venue — said the few audience members sitting in the mezzanine practiced social distancing, wore masks, and were tested for the virus.
Henson joked that A-list celebrities were in the audience, including Beyoncé, though cardboard cut-out of the singer, Jay-Z and other stars appeared in seats.

But a good number of chart-toppers were in the building. Breakthrough singer-rapper Doja Cat performed and won multiple honours, including new artist of the year and favorite soul/R&B female artist. Grammy-winning country duo Dan + Shay beautifully performed 'I Should Probably Go to Bed' and won collaboration of the year and best country song for '10,000 Hours,' both shared with Bieber. And Megan Thee Stallion — won favourite rap/hip-hop songs for 'WAP' with Cardi B — performed 'Body' from her recently released debut album Good News.

Bieber and Shawn Mendes kicked off the AMAs with a pre-taped performance of their new duet 'Monster,' marking the first time they performed the song together. It began with a stripped-down Bieber singing his recent hit 'Lonely,' with songwriter-producer Benny Blanco on piano, and 'Holy,' where background dancers wearing masks joined him.

Mendes, strumming his guitar, then appeared for 'Monster,' which featured the twentysomethings singing lyrics about fame and growing up as celebrities who attracted massive public attention. Mendes later sang his song 'Wonder' during the show, which aired on ABC.

Katy Perry, in her first performance since giving birth to her first child, gave a strong performance of the emotional and hopeful song 'Only Love,' which featured a surprise guest appearance from Darius Rucker, who sang and played guitar.

With flaming red lights glaring behind her, Billie Eilish sang her new song 'Therefore I Am,' as her brother-songwriter-producer Finneas backed her on guitar. Jennifer Lopez and Maluma teamed up to perform their new songs 'Pa’ Ti' and 'Lonely' from the film Marry Me, which both of them star in, while Dua Lipa — who won favourite pop/rock song — levitated in the air during her performance of 'Levitating.'

24kGoldn and Iann Dior — who currently have the country’s No 1 song with the smash hit 'Mood,' also performed. The multi-genre track is the rare song that has reached No 1 on both the rap and rock charts.

Other performers included BTS, Bad Bunny, Lewis Capaldi, Machine Gun Kelly, Lil Baby, Bell Biv DeVoe and Nelly, who performed hits from his diamond-certified debut album 'Country Grammar,' which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year.

This year the AMAs, which typically awards one Latin honuor, launched more categories in the genre. Becky G — who burst on the music scene in 2014 with the pop hit 'Shower' but has recently had success singing in Spanish and launching hits on the Latin charts — won favourite Latin female artist.

She used her speech to honour immigrant families.

“I proudly wave both flags, Mexican and American. And like many, many children and grandchildren of immigrants, no matter where they’re from, we have learned from the ones before us what sacrifice and hard work looks like,” she said. “And I dedicate this award to all of our immigrant workers in this pandemic; the students and immigrant families. It’s because of my family, my abuelitos, that I stand here today.”

Nominees for the AMAs were based on streaming, album and digital sales, radio airplay and social activity, and reflect the time period of 27 September, 2019, through 24 September, 2020.

Check out the entire list here:

— Artist of the year: Taylor Swift

— New artist of the year: Doja Cat

— Collaboration of the year: Dan + Shay and Justin Bieber, 10,000 Hours

— Favourite pop/rock female artist: Taylor Swift

— Favourite pop/rock male artist: Justin Bieber

— Favourite pop/rock duo or group: BTS

— Favourite pop/rock song: Dua Lipa, Don’t Start Now

— Favourite pop/rock album: Harry Styles, Fine Line

— Favourite rap/hip-hop female artist: Nicki Minaj

— Favourite rap/hip-hop male artist: Juice WRLD

— Favourite rap/hip-hop song: Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion, 'WAP'

— Favourite rap/hip-hop album: Roddy Ricch, Please Excuse Me For Being Antisocial

— Favourite soul/R&B female artist: Doja Cat

— Favourite soul/R&B male artist: The Weeknd

— Favourite soul/R&B song: The Weeknd, 'Heartless'

— Favourite soul/R&B album: The Weeknd, After Hours

— Favourite country female artist: Maren Morris

— Favourite country male artist: Kane Brown

— Favourite country duo or group: Dan + Shay

— Favourite country song: Dan + Shay and Justin Bieber, '10,000 Hours'

— Favourite country album: Blake Shelton, Fully Loaded: God’s Country

— Favourite female Latin artist: Becky G

— Favourite male Latin artist: Bad Bunny

— Favourite Latin song: Karol G and Nicki Minaj, 'Tusa'

— Favourite Latin album: Bad Bunny, 'YHLQMDLG'

— Favourite alternative rock artist: twenty one pilots

— Favourite adult contemporary artist: Jonas Brothers

— Favourite contemporary inspirational artist: Lauren Daigle

— Favourite electronic dance music artist: Lady Gaga

— Favourite social artist: BTS

— Favourite music video: Taylor Swift, 'cardigan'

— Favourite soundtrack: Birds of Prey: The Album

(With inputs from The Associated Press)

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