The American Music Awards Gave a Night of Surprises

The American Music Awards Gave a Night of Surprises

The 47th American Music Awards just happened, and it was definitely one for the books! Full of legendary performers and music deserved awards, the night was one to remember. Opening up the show, Selena Gomez graced the stage for her first live performance in a long time, and her performance was followed by this year’s host, Ciara who performed her new song “Melanin,” where she brought out Lala Anthony. And these were just the first in the night of amazing performances.

Ke$ha brought out Big Freedia as she sang her newest song, “Raising Hell,” and also surprised everyone by singing, “Tik Tok” at the end of her performance. Post Malone continued the night of on-stage collaborations as he brought out Ozzy Osbourne, Travis Scott and Watt to the stage during his set.

In line with the amazing performances, Halsey gave us a very colorful rendition of “Graveyard,” as her artistic side arose to her throwing paint all across the all-white stage set she began with.

Legends graced the AMA stage last night as well, with Toni Braxton singing her famous hit, “Un-Break My Heart,” celebrating it’s win many years ago, and Shania Twain singing a medley of her favorite tracks to close out the show.

In her highly anticipated performance, Taylor Swift was able to perform songs, new and old, with a perfectly crafted medley showcasing some of her best-known works. Swift reminded us why she deserved, Artist of the Decade with an amazing medley of “The Man,” “Love Story,” “I Knew You Were Trouble,” “Blank Space,” “Shake it Off” and “Lover.” She even brought out some special guests, like Halsey and Camila Cabello for “Shake it Off,” and ballet dancers Misty Copeland and Craig Hall stealing the spotlight during “Lover.”

Christina Aguilera and a Great Big World gave us another amazing collaboration that they debuted a new single on the award show last night entitled, “Fall On Me.” Aguilera brought amazing vocals as expected and they slowed the show perfectly.

Many artists were surprised by their wins last night and thanked the show for being more about the fans than the industry. Check out a list of last night’s winners.

COLLABORATION OF THE YEAR
Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper, “Shallow”
Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus, “Old Town Road”
Marshmello & Bastille, “Happier”
Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello, “Señorita”
Post Malone & Swae Lee, “Sunflower (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse)”

FAVORITE SONG – POP/ROCK
Halsey, “Without Me”
Jonas Brothers, “Sucker”
Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus, “Old Town Road”
Panic! At The Disco, “High Hopes”
Post Malone & Swae Lee, “Sunflower (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse)”

FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – COUNTRY
Kane Brown
Luke Combs
Thomas Rhett

FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – COUNTRY
Kelsea Ballerini
Maren Morris
Carrie Underwood

FAVORITE DUO or GROUP – COUNTRY
Dan + Shay
Florida Georgia Line
Old Dominion

FAVORITE SONG – COUNTRY
Luke Combs, “Beautiful Crazy”
Dan + Shay, “Speechless”
Blake Shelton, “God’s Country”

FAVORITE ARTIST – RAP/HIP-HOP
Cardi B
Drake
Post Malone

FAVORITE ALBUM – RAP/HIP-HOP
Meek Mill, Championships
Post Malone, Hollywood’s Bleeding
Travis Scott, Astroworld

FAVORITE ALBUM – COUNTRY
Kane Brown, “Experiment”
Dan + Shay, “Dan + Shay”
Carrie Underwood, “Cry Pretty”

FAVORITE SONG – RAP/HIP-HOP
Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus, “Old Town Road”
Post Malone, “Wow.”
Travis Scott, “SICKO MODE”

FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – SOUL/R&B
Chris Brown
Khalid
Bruno Mars

FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – SOUL/R&B
Beyoncé
Lizzo
Ella Mai

FAVORITE ALBUM – SOUL/R&B
Chris Brown, Indigo
Khalid, Free Spirit
Ella Mai, Ella Mai

FAVORITE SONG – SOUL/R&B
Khalid, “Talk”
Lizzo, “Juice”
Ella Mai, “Trip”

FAVORITE ARTIST – ALTERNATIVE ROCK
Billie Eilish
Imagine Dragons
Panic! At The Disco

ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Drake
Ariana Grande
Halsey
Post Malone
Taylor Swift

NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Luke Combs
Billie Eilish
Lil Nas X
Lizzo
Ella Mai

TOUR OF THE YEAR
BTS
Ariana Grande
Elton John
P!nk
Ed Sheeran

FAVORITE DUO OR GROUP – POP/ROCK
BTS
Jonas Brothers
Panic! At The Disco

FAVORITE ALBUM – POP/ROCK
Billie Eilish, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
Ariana Grande, thank u, next
Taylor Swift, Lover

FAVORITE MUSIC VIDEO
Billie Eilish, “bad guy”
Ariana Grande, “7 rings”
Halsey, “Without Me”
Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus, “Old Town Road”
Taylor Swift, “You Need to Calm Down”

FAVORITE SOCIAL ARTIST
BTS
Billie Eilish
EXO
Ariana Grande
Shawn Mendes

FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – POP/ROCK
Drake
Khalid
Post Malone

FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – POP/ROCK
Billie Eilish
Ariana Grande
Taylor Swift

FAVORITE ARTIST – ADULT CONTEMPORARY
Maroon 5
P!nk
Taylor Swift

FAVORITE ARTIST – LATIN
Bad Bunny
J Balvin
Ozuna

FAVORITE ARTIST – CONTEMPORARY INSPIRATIONAL
Lauren Daigle
for KING & COUNTRY
MercyMe

FAVORITE ARTIST – ELECTRONIC DANCE MUSIC (EDM)
Avicii
Marshmello
The Chainsmokers

FAVORITE SOUNDTRACK
A Star is Born by Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper
Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

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Words: Mar Maldonado | Featured Photo: The American Music Awards

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