Taylor Swift named artist of year for sixth time at American Music Awards
LOS ANGELES (US) – Taylor Swift was named artist of the year at the American Music Awards on Sunday. She won two other trophies in a ceremony held live in Los Angeles amid tight coronavirus restrictions.
It was a record sixth win by Swift of the top prize at the fan-voted show. She was absent from the Los Angeles ceremony, however, accepted her trophy by video. She thanked fans for their support of her surprise lockdown album “folklore.”
Canadian singer The Weeknd took the trophies for best soul/R&B male artist as well as his album “After Hours” and song “Heartless.”
Host Taraji P. Henson, while opening the show, said, “I’m just happy to be off the couch and in some real fashion”. The show featured an array of live and pre-recorded performances across Latin, country, pop, rap and R&B music soul in front of a handful of socially distanced fans.
The “Empire” actress said, “It has been a long year and now that 2020 is coming to an end it’s time to remember that we are one country, you all. We need to heal,”
Justin Bieber sang his hits “Lonely” and “Holy” before being joined by Shawn Mendes for their duet “Monster.”
The show celebrated the surge in popularity of Latin music with expanded categories and a steamy performance by Jennifer Lopez and Colombian singer Maluma singing “Lonely” in both English and Spanish.
Becky G won for best female Latin artist and dedicated her award to immigrant workers.
K-pop group BTS won two, for best pop/rock group and favorite social artists, before the end of the show performed a version of their hits “Dynamite” and “Life Goes On” from South Korea.
Bieber and country duo Dan + Shay won two for their collaboration on “10,000 Hours”. Katy Perry gave her first major performance since giving birth to a baby girl in August.