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On Sunday night, the 2021 American Music Awards was dominated by boy bands.

From BTS — the South Korean sensation who performed twice and won three awards, including Artist of the Year — to a Battle of Boston between classic Beantown boy bands New Edition and New Kids on the Block, it was a night of swoonworthy vocals and synchronized dance movies.

It was nice to see BTS — who had been doing their awards performances virtually from South Korea during the pandemic — actually in the house at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. They certainly made up for the time they lost on the US stage with their first performance “My Universe”Coldplay, before the show was closed with “Butter.” 

With seven members of BTS and four members of Coldplay onstage, the “My Universe” performance was a bit of a hot mess — and it must have set some kind of record for the most people onstage ever at the AMAs. The song is a pop classic, but there was an awkward interaction between Chris Martin & BTS. Poor Chris had to fight for his visibility over all the screaming girls on ABC’s live broadcast.

BTS was better off doing a different No. hit, “Butter,”The original intention was to have Megan Thee Stallion sing the song, but she canceled the performance due to unexpected personal reasons. They ended the night appropriately in a buttery-yellow ensemble.

Cardi B was the night’s host. Getty Images for MRC

But the night — hosted by the Bronx’s own Cardi B — was just about stolen from BTS by New EditionAnd New Kids on the Block, who took us back to their heydays in the ’80sAnd ’90s with a battle of harmonies and hits — from NKOTB’s “The Right Stuff,” “Step by Step” and “Hangin’ Tough” to NE’s “Candy Girl,” “Mr. Telephone Man” “Is This the End” and “Can You Stand the Rain.”  By the time the two groups joined together to end with New Edition’s “If It Isn’t Love,” there was nothing but love for them in the room — especially from BTS, who were on their feet the whole time.

But the night opened with its best performance by Silk Sonic — aka Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak — doing a rendition of retro-soul single “Smokin’ Out the Window”That was smoking. With some real, live vocals — something the AMAs haven’t always been known for — Silk Sonic delivered a performance worthy of the Grammy stage.

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Later, Olivia Rodrigo channeled Taylor’s inner self with a stripped-down performance. “Traitor,”As she strumming a guitar, she was more interested in her feelings than fireworks.

Rodrigo was a young star, only 18 years old. He received seven nominations and won New Artist Of The Year. Five-time winner The Weeknd followed with six nods, including a faceoff with Rodrigo for Artist of the Year, while Bad Bunny, Doja Cat and GIVĒON had five nominations each.

With some of the biggest names not in attendance — including winners Taylor Swift, Drake, The Weeknd and Ed Sheeran — some newer artists got to take the spotlight, including Justin Bieber’s “Peaches” partner Giveon and the Italian rock band Maneskin, winners of this year’s Eurovision contest.

However, The Weeknd still scored a win in the favorite male R&B artist category, Swift for favorite female pop artist, Drake for favorite male hip-hop artist, and Sheeran for favorite male pop artist.

Jennifer Lopez performed at Microsoft Theater.Getty Images MRC

Jennifer Lopez, one of the most famous performers, performed a boring new ballad as a snorer. “On My Way”Her upcoming romantic comedy “Marry Me.”  The whole thing played like an ad for the movie — and, let’s face, slow jams have never been J.Lo’s specialty.

The show is a preview for the 2022 Grammy nominations.

Here is the complete list with nominees and winners of the 2021 American Music Awards.

Artist of the Year

Ariana Grande
WINNER: BTS
Drake
Olivia Rodrigo
Taylor Swift
The Weeknd

New artist of year

24kGoldn
Giveon
Masked Wolf
WINNER: Olivia Rodrigo
The Kid LAROI

Collaboration of the Year

24kGoldn ft. iann dior, “Mood”
Bad Bunny & Jhay Cortez, “DÁKITI”
Chris Brown & Young Thug, “Go Crazy”
WINNER: Doja Cat feat. SZA “Kiss Me More”
Justin Bieber ft. Daniel Caesar & Giveon, “Peaches”

Favorite trending song

Erica Banks, “Buss It”
Måneskin, “Beggin’”
Megan Thee Stallion is the WINNER “Body”
Olivia Rodrigo “drivers license”
Popp Hunna, “Adderall (Corvette Corvette)”

Favorite music video

Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars & Anderson.Paak), “Leave the Door Open”
Cardi B, “Up”
WINNER: Lil Nas X “MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)”
Olivia Rodrigo “drivers license”
The Weeknd “Save Your Tears”

Chlöe got down on stage at the AMAs.Getty Images for MRC

Favorite male pop artist

Drake
WINNER: Ed Sheeran
Justin Bieber
Lil Nas X
The Weeknd

Favorite female pop artist

Ariana Grande
Doja Cat
Dua Lipa
Olivia Rodrigo
WINNER: Taylor Swift

Favorite pop duo/group

AJR
WINNER: BTS
Glass Animals
Maroon 5
Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars & Anderson.Paak).

Favorite pop album

Ariana Grande, Positions
Dua Lipa, Future Nostalgia
Olivia Rodrigo, SOUR
WINNER: Taylor Swift, evermore
The Kid LAROI, F*CK LOVE

Favorite pop song

WINNER: BTS, “Butter”
Doja Cat ft. SZA “Kiss Me More”
Dua Lipa, “Levitating”
Olivia Rodrigo “drivers license”
The Weeknd & Ariana Grande, “Save Your Tears (Remix)”

Favorite male country musician

Chris Stapleton
Jason Aldean
WINNER: Luke Bryan
Luke Combs
Morgan Wallen

Cardi B won for her favorite hip-hop song. “Up.”Getty Images for MRC

Favorite female country singer

WINNER: Carrie Underwood
Gabby Barrett
Kacey Musgraves
Maren Morris
Miranda Lambert

Favorite duo or group from your country

WINNER: Dan + Shay
Florida Georgia Line
Lady A
Old Dominion
Zac Brown Band

Favorite country album

Chris Stapleton, Starting Over
WINNER: Gabby Barrett, Goldmine
Lee Brice, Hey World
Luke Bryan, Born Here Live Here Die Here
Morgan Wallen, Dangerous: The Double Album

Favorite song from a country

Chris Stapleton “Starting Over”
Chris Young & Kane Brown, “Famous Friends”
WINNER: Gabby Barrett “The Good Ones”
Luke Combs “Forever After All”
Walker Hayes “Fancy Like”

Favorite male hip-hop artist

WINNER: Drake
Lil Baby
Moneybagg Yo
Polo G
Pop Smoke

Favorite female rapper in hip-hop

Cardi B
Coi Leray
Erica Banks
Megan Thee Stallion is the WINNER
Saweetie

Favorite hip hop album

Drake, Certified Lover Boy
Juice WRLD, Legends Never Die
WINNER: Megan Thee Stallion, Good News
Pop Smoke, Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon
Rod Wave, SoulFly

Favorite hip-hop song

WINNER: Cardi B, “Up”
Internet Money ft. Gunna, Don Toliver & NAV, “Lemonade”
Lil Tjay ft. 6LACK “Calling My Phone”
Polo G, “RAPSTAR”
Pop Smoke “What You Know Bout Love”

Favorite male R&B artist

Chris Brown
Giveon
Tank
WINNER: The Weeknd
Usher

Favorite female R&B artist

WINNER: Doja Cat
H.E.R.
JazmineSullivan
Jhené Aiko
SZA

Favorite R&B album

WINNER: Doja Cat, Planet Her
Giveon, When It’s All Said and Done… Take Time
H.E.R., Back of My Mind
Jazmine Sullivan, Heaux Tales
Queen Naija, missunderstood

Favorite R&B song

WINNER: Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars and Anderson.Paak), “Leave the Door Open”
Chris Brown & Young Thug, “Go Crazy”
Giveon, “Heartbreak Anniversary”
H.E.R., “Damage”
Jazmine Sullivan “Pick Up Your Feelings”

Favorite Latin male artist

WINNER: Bad Bunny
J Balvin
Maluma
Ozuna
Rauw Alejandro

Favorite Latin female artist

WINNER: Becky G
Kali Uchis
KAROL G
Natti Natasha
ROSALÍA

Bad Bunny won the award for best male Latin artist.

Favorite Latin duo or group

WINNER: Banda MS de Sergio Lizárraga
Calibre 50
Eslabon Armado
La Arrolladora Banda El Limón De Rene Camacho
Los Dos Carnales

Favorite Latin album

WINNER: Bad Bunny, El Último Tour Del Mundo
Kali Uchis, Sin Miedo (del Amor y Otros Demonios)
KAROL G, KG0516
Maluma, Papi Juancho
Rauw Alejandro, Afrodisíaco

Favorite Latin song

Bad Bunny & Jhay Cortez, “DÁKITI”
Bad Bunny x ROSALÍA, “LA NOCHE DE ANOCHE”
Farruko, “Pepas”
WINNER: Kali Uchis “telepatía”
Maluma & The Weeknd, “Hawái (Remix)”

Favorite rock artist

AJR
All Time Low
Foo Fighters
Glass Animals
Machine Gun Kelly was the winner

Favorite inspirational artists

CAIN
WINNER: Carrie Underwood
Elevation Worship
Lauren Daigle
Zach Williams

Favorite gospel artist

WINNER: Kanye West
Kirk Franklin
Koryn Hawthorne
Maverick City Music
Tasha Cobbs Leonard

Favorite dance/electronic artist

David Guetta
ILLENIUM
WINNER: Marshmello
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