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Taylor Swift breaks records at the American Music Awards 2020; full winners list

By Kara Santos Published Nov 23, 2020 4:27 am

Some of the biggest names in music, including Taylor Swift, The Weeknd, and Dan + Shay took home awards at the 2020 American Music Awards aired on Sunday night. 

As reported by Variety, the 48th annual awards ceremony took place at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles with Taraji P. Henson serving as host.

This year, the AMAs had to adhere to COVID-19 protocols including staging a socially distanced red carpet, having a limited audience, and testing everyone who entered the building. 

However, the show still managed to stage multiple live performances and have in-person presenters. 

Justin Bieber and Shawn Mendes opened the show with their new single, Monster, while Bieber performed two of his hit singles, Lonely and Holy.

Katy Perry took the stage for the first time since becoming a mom by performing Only Love with Darius Rucker.

The show also featured performances from Billie Eilish, Jennifer Lopez and Maluma, The Weeknd with Kenny G, BTS, Megan Thee Stallion, Dua Lipa, Dan + Shay and more.

Doja Cat won new artist of the year, while Becky G won favorite female Latin artist – a brand new category at the AMAs.

BTS took home two trophies from the AMAs, bagging favorite social artist and favorite group. The K-pop sensation also closed the show with performances of Life Goes On and their hit Dynamite.

The top prize of the night "Artist of the Year" went to Taylor Swift, who also took home trophies for "Favorite Pop Rock Female" and "Favorite Music Video."

Swift gave a short message to fans in a clip shared on AMA’s Twitter account explaining why she was unable to accept the award in person this year.

"Thank you so much for this. This is a fan-voted award which means so much to me, you guys have been beyond wonderful all the years of my career but especially this one when we've been so far apart we haven't been able to see each other in concert," she said.

"The reason I'm not there tonight is I'm actually rerecording 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," she added.

As reported by CNN, Swift’s early music catalog was recently sold. Swift, who previously held 29 AMAs, broke her own record, making her the current record holder for most American Music Awards with a staggering 32 wins under her belt. The next record-holder who comes close is Michael Jackson, who has collected 26 awards.

Check out the full list of nominees and winners below. 

ARTIST OF THE YEAR

  • Taylor Swift – WINNER
  • Justin Bieber
  • Post Malone
  • Roddy Ricch
  • The Weeknd

NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR

  • Doja Cat – WINNER
  • Lewis Capaldi
  • DaBaby
  • Lil Baby
  • Roddy Ricch
  • Megan Thee Stallion

COLLABORATION OF THE YEAR

  • Dan + Shay with Justin Bieber, "10,000 Hours" – WINNER
  • Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion, "WAP"
  • DaBaby ft. Roddy Ricch, "Rockstar"
  • Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande, "Rain On Me"
  • Megan Thee Stallion ft. Beyoncé, "Savage Remix"

FAVORITE SOCIAL ARTIST

  • BTS – WINNER
  • Billie Eilish
  • EXO
  • Ariana Grande
  • NCT 127

FAVORITE MUSIC VIDEO

  • Taylor Swift, "Cardigan" – WINNER
  • Doja Cat, "Say So"
  • Future ft. Drake, "Life Is Good"
  • Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande, "Rain On Me"
  • The Weeknd, "Blinding Lights"

FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – POP/ROCK

  • Justin Bieber – WINNER
  • Post Malone
  • The Weeknd

FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – POP/ROCK

  • Taylor Swift – WINNER
  • Dua Lipa
  • Lady Gaga

FAVORITE DUO OR GROUP – POP/ROCK

  • BTS – WINNER
  • Jonas Brothers
  • Maroon 5

FAVORITE ALBUM – POP/ROCK

  • Harry Styles, "Fine Line" – WINNER
  • Taylor Swift, "folklore"
  • The Weeknd, "After Hours"

FAVORITE SONG – POP/ROCK

  • Dua Lipa, "Don't Start Now" – WINNER
  • Lewis Capaldi, "Someone You Loved"
  • Post Malone, "Circles"
  • Roddy Ricch, "The Box"
  • The Weeknd, "Blinding Lights"

FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – COUNTRY

  • Kane Brown – WINNER
  • Luke Combs
  • Morgan Wallen

FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – COUNTRY

  • Maren Morris – WINNER
  • Gabby Barrett
  • Miranda Lambert

FAVORITE DUO OR GROUP – COUNTRY

  • Dan + Shay – WINNER
  • Florida Georgia Line
  • Old Dominion

FAVORITE ALBUM – COUNTRY

  • Blake Shelton, "Fully Loaded: God's Country" – WINNER
  • Luke Combs, "What You See Is What You Get"
  • Morgan Wallen, "If I Know Me"

FAVORITE SONG – COUNTRY

  • Dan + Shay with Justin Bieber, "10,000 Hours" – WINNER
  • Maren Morris, "The Bones" 
  • Blake Shelton (Duet with Gwen Stefani), "Nobody But You"

FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – RAP/HIP-HOP

  • Juice WRLD – WINNER
  • DaBaby
  • Roddy Ricch

FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – RAP/HIP-HOP

  • Nicki Minaj – WINNER
  • Cardi B
  • Megan Thee Stallion

FAVORITE ALBUM – RAP/HIP-HOP

  • Roddy Ricch, "Please Excuse Me For Being Antisocial" – WINNER
  • Lil Baby, "My Turn"d
  • Lil Uzi Vert, "Eternal Atake"

FAVORITE SONG – RAP/HIP-HOP

  • Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion, "WAP" – WINNER
  • DaBaby ft. Roddy Ricch, "Rockstar"
  • Roddy Ricch "The Box"

FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – SOUL/R&B

  • The Weeknd – WINNER
  • Chris Brown
  • John Legend

FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – SOUL/R&B

  • Jhene Aiko
  • Doja Cat – WINNER
  • Summer Walker

FAVORITE ALBUM – SOUL/R&B

  • The Weeknd, "After Hours" – WINNER
  • Doja Cat, "Hot Pink"
  • Summer Walker, "Over It"

FAVORITE SONG – SOUL/R&B

  • The Weeknd, "Heartless" – WINNER
  • Chris Brown ft. Drake, "No Guidance"
  • Summer Walker, "Playing Games"

FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – LATIN

  • Bad Bunny – WINNER
  • J Balvin
  • Ozuna

FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – LATIN

  • Becky G – WINNER
  • KAROL G
  • Rosalía

FAVORITE ALBUM – LATIN

  • Bad Bunny, "YHLQMDLG" – WINNER
  • Anuel AA, "Emmanuel"
  • Bad Bunny, "Las que no iban a salir"

FAVORITE SONG – LATIN

  • KAROL G & Nicki Minaj, "Tusa" – WINNER
  • Bad Bunny, "Vete"
  • Black Eyed Peas X J Balvin, "RITMO (Bad Boys For Life)"

FAVORITE ARTIST – ALTERNATIVE ROCK

  • Twenty One Pilots – WINNER
  • Billie Eilish
  • Tame Impala

FAVORITE ARTIST – ADULT CONTEMPORARY

  • Jonas Brothers – WINNER
  • Lewis Capaldi
  • Maroon 5

FAVORITE ARTIST – CONTEMPORARY INSPIRATIONAL

  • Lauren Daigle – WINNER
  • For King & Country
  • Kanye West

FAVORITE ARTIST – ELECTRONIC DANCE MUSIC (EDM)

  • Lady Gaga – WINNER
  • Kygo
  • Marshmello

FAVORITE SOUNDTRACK

  • "Birds of Prey: The Album"– WINNER
  • "Frozen II"
  • "Trolls: World Tour"

(Images via @AMAs on Twitter)