Winners at the 2020 American Music Awards
Published on November 23, 2020 at 09.25
Artist Of The Year: Taylor Swift won her third consecutive artist of the year prize at the American Music Awards, but she missed the show for a good reason: She said she's busy re-recording her early music 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."
Favourite soul/R&B 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, he won favourite soul/R&B male artist, favourite soul/R&B album for After Hours and favourite soul/R&B song for Heartless 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."
Favourite Country Song: Grammy-winning country duo Dan + Shay beautifully performed I Should Probably Go to Bed and won favourite country duo or group, collaboration of the year and favourite country song for 10,000 Hours, the latter two shared with Bieber.
Favourite Pop/Rock Male Artist: Justin 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. Bieber scooped the Favourite Pop/Rock Male Artist award.
New Artist Of The Year: A good number of chart-toppers were in the building. Breakthrough singer-rapper Doja Cat performed and won new artist of the year and favourite soul/R&B female artist.
Favourite Pop/Rock Duo or Group: No surprise that BTS picked up this one. They also won the Favourite Social Artist award.