Taylor Swift, The Weeknd and Dan + Shay were the top winners with three apiece at The 2020 American Music Awards aired on Sunday night from Los Angeles’ Microsoft Theater with host Taraji P. Henson.
In a show that proceeded along the lines of a typical annual AMAs telecast while acknowledging that the live audience for this pandemic edition consisted of a bare handful of masked, cheering fans in the Microsoft Theater’s balcony.
Show performance highlights included:
One of the most memorable moments of the night was Justin Bieber’s powerful opening performance of his songs “Lonely,” with Benny Blanco on piano, and “Holy,” brought to fans by T-Mobile.
Shawn Mendes and Bieber’s world premiere performance of their newly released single “Monster” set the stage for the collaborations to come throughout the night.
Katy Perry was joined by Darius Rucker for an intimate and heartfelt special collaboration of “Only Love.”
The Weeknd lit up Downtown Los Angeles with an electrifying performance of “In Your Eyes,” featuring saxophone legend Kenny G, and “Save Your Tears,” accompanied by a vibrant fireworks display.
Billie Ellish gave a spectacular world premiere performance of her new song, “Therefore I Am,” with an appearance from her brother and producer, Finneas, who accompanied her on the guitar.
Rapper Nelly energized fans with a performance of his hits from his debut album, “Country Grammar,” celebrating 20 years since its release. Surprises included legendary comedian Cedric The Entertainer – with an intro parroting his skit on Nelly’s first album – and St. Lunatic City Spud, who joined Nelly for “Ride Wit Me.”
Jennifer Lopez and Maluma, steamed up the stage with a sultry rendition of “Pa’ Ti” and “Lonely.” The duo rehearsed 50 hours in less than two weeks to deliver the jaw dropping, world premiere performance to the stage.
Megan Thee Stallion brought hot girl energy to the stage with the world premiere performance of her body confidence anthem “BODY.” Earlier in AMAs weekend, Megan The Stallion connected with a lucky group of her fans for a virtual hangout via Messenger Rooms.
Hip-Hop/R&B legends, Bell Biv DeVoe did not disappoint with their high energy performance of their hits, “Do Me (Remix),” and “Poison,” ending their heart thumping dance induced performance with a sign of unity by raising their fists.
Lewis Capaldi gave a soulful, moving performance of his smash hit “Before You Go” that was satisfyingly haunting.
Dua Lipa, remote from the Royal Albert Hall in London, delivered an elevated performance of “Levitating,” brought to viewers by Xfinity.
Machine Gun Kelly, with a special appearance by drummer Travis Barker, gave electrifying guitar laden performances of his hits, “my ex’s best friend” and “Bloody Valentine.”
Dan + Shay had everyone singing along at home with their fan-favorite, chart-topper “I Should Probably Go To Bed.”
24KGoldn + Iann Dior took to the stage for a spirited performance of their chart-topping hit “Mood,” against a lively backdrop of kaleidoscopic visuals.
Shawn Mendes stunned fans with an evocative performance of “Wonder” delivered with soul-stirring power.
Lil Baby commanded the stage with a striking performance of “Emotionally Scarred,” with a message expressing the importance of mental health.
Bebe Rexha and Doja Cat gave an upbeat performance of their catchy collaboration “Baby, I’m Jealous,” while donning outfits reminiscent of their music video.
BTS closed out the night, remote from Seoul, South Korea, with a vibrant nearly six-minute performance of their newly released song ”Life Goes On” and fan favorite hit “Dynamite.”
Winner Highlights of the “2020 American Music Awards:”
Taylor Swift led the pack winning the most coveted honor of the night, Artist of the Year, as well as honors for Favorite Music Video for her pop hit, “Cardigan” and Favorite Female Pop/Rock Artist. In her remote acceptance speech from the studio, Swift revealed she is now re-recording her previous albums.
Justin Bieber earned three AMA wins for Favorite Male Pop/Rock Artist, Collaboration of the Year and Favorite Country Song, the latter two for his team up with Dan+Shay for their song “10,000 Hours.”
The Weeknd took home three honors for Favorite Male Soul/R&B Artist, Favorite Soul/R&B Album and Favorite Soul/R&B Song.
BTS won two trophies for Favorite Social Artist and Favorite Pop Group.
Nicki Minaj won two AMAs for Favorite Female Rap Artist and Favorite Latin Song for her hit collaboration, “Tusa,” with Colombian reggaeton artist KAROL G.
Doja Cat walked away with two wins for Favorite New Artist and Favorite Female Soul/R&B Artist.
Winning in two of the four newly expanded Latin categories, reggaeton superstar Bad Bunny took AMAs for Favorite Male Latin Artist and Favorite Latin Album.
Becky G. gave an inspiring acceptance speech for her Favorite Female Latin Artist win, honoring Latin artists and others who inspired her to follow her dreams.
Presenters throughout the evening included: Anthony Anderson, Cara Delevingne, Christian Serratos, Ciara, David Dobrik, Derek Hough, G-Eazy, Kristen Cavallari, Laverne Cox, Megan Fox, Paris Hilton, and Tayshia Adams.
AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS 2020 WINNERS
Artist of the Year:
New Artist of the Year:
Collaboration of the Year:
Dan + Shay with Justin Bieber “10,000 Hours”
Favorite Social Artist:
Favorite Music Video:
Taylor Swift “cardigan”
Favorite Male Artist – Pop/Rock:
Favorite Female Artist – Pop/Rock:
Favorite Duo of Group – Pop/Rock:
Favorite Album – Pop/Rock:
Harry Styles “Fine Line”
Favorite Song – Pop/Rock:
Dua Lipa “Don’t Start Now”
Favorite Male Artist – Country:
Favorite Female Artist – Country:
Favorite Duo of Group – Country:
Dan + Shay
Favorite Album – Country:
Blake Shelton “Fully Loaded: God’s Country”
Favorite Song – Country:
Dan + Shay with Justin Bieber “10,000 Hours”
Favorite Male Artist – Rap/Hip Hop:
Favorite Female Artist – Rap/Hip Hop:
Favorite Album – Rap/Hip Hop:
Roddy Ricch “Please Excuse Me For Being Antisocial”
Favorite Song – Rap/Hip Hop:
Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion “WAP”
Favorite Male Artist – Soul/R&B:
Favorite Female Artist – Soul/R&B:
Favorite Album – Soul/R&B:
The Weeknd “After Hours”
Favorite Song – Soul/R&B:
The Weeknd “Heartless”
Favorite Male Artist – Latin:
Favorite Female Artist – Latin:
Favorite Album – Latin:
Bad Bunny “YHLQMDLG”
Favorite Song – Latin:
KAROL G & Nicki Minaj “Tusa”
Favorite Artist – Alternative Rock:
Twenty One Pilots
Favorite Artist – Adult Contemporary:
Favorite Artist – Contemporary Inspirational:
Favorite Artist – Electronic Dance Music (EDM):
Birds of Prey: The Album
2020 AMERICAN MUSIC AWARD WINNERS: BY ARTIST
Justin Bieber – 3
Taylor Swift – 3
The Weeknd – 3
Dan + Shay – 3
Bad Bunny – 2
BTS – 2
Doja Cat – 2
Nicki Minaj – 2
Blake Shelton – 1
Becky G – 1
Birds of Prey: The Album – 1
Cardi B – 1
Dua Lipa – 1
Harry Styles – 1
Jonas Brothers – 1
Juice WRLD – 1
Kane Brown – 1
Karol G – 1
Lady Gaga – 1
Lauren Daigle – 1
Maren Morris – 1
Megan Thee Stallion – 1
Roddy Ricch – 1
Twenty one pilots – 1
Broadcast live from The Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles, the “2020 American Music Awards” is seen in more than 200 countries and territories around the world. Nominees were based on key fan interactions – as reflected on the Billboard charts – including streaming, album and digital song sales, radio airplay, and social activity. These measurements are tracked by Billboard and its data partners MRC Data and Next Big Sound, and reflect the time period of Sept. 27, 2019, through Sept. 24, 2020. The AMA winners are voted entirely by fans.
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