The 2020 AMAs Were Full of Surprises, and We’ve Got You Covered

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Last night were the 2020 American Music Awards, and although it was different this year due to ongoing circumstances, the venue was flooded with heart, soul, and so much talent. 

Justin Bieber and Shawn Mendes opened the AMA’s with their newest collaboration, “Monster”. Mendes had written a majority of the song when he was younger, but he contacted Bieber, hoping that he would be able to add his own truth to the song. Well, Bieber did NOT disappoint. 

This was Mendes and Bieber’s first live performance together, but hopefully not their last. After “Monster”, Bieber stayed on stage to perform an emotional rendition of his other two hit singles: “Lonely” with Benny Blanco, and “Holy”.

“Empire” actress, Taraji P Henson, hosted the AMA’s. She started off the show with an entertaining dance to some of Meg Thee Stallion’s most viral hits. 

Bad Bunny was supposed to perform “Dákiti” with Jhay Cortez last night, but unfortunately, he revealed this morning that he had contracted COVID-19, and that was why he was unable to attend last night’s AMA’s. We wish a healthy and speedy recovery for Bad Bunny!

Other AMA performers included: Meg Thee Stallion, The Weeknd, JLo, Katy Perry, Darius Rucker, The Weekend, Kenny G, Lewis Capaldi, Billie Eilish, Jennifer Lopez (JLo), Maluma, Bell Biv Devoe, Dua Lipa, Dan + Shay, iann dior, 24kGoldn, Shawn Mendes (Wonder), Lil Baby, Doja Cat, BeBe Rhexa, Machine Gun Kelly, Travis Barker, BTS, Nelly, and City Spud.

The AMA presenters consisted of: Ciara, Cara Delevingne, Derek Hough, Tayshia Adams, Bad Bunny, Laverne Cox, Becky G., Paris Hilton, Anthony Anderson, Christian Serratos, Kristin Cavallari, Megan Fox, and G-Eazy.

Soul/R&B Album: 

  • “Hot Pink” by Doja Cat
  • “Over It” by Summer Walker
  • “After Hours” by The Weeknd (Winner)

Favorite Pop/Rock Song:

  • “Someone You Loved” by Lewis Capaldi
  • “Don’t Start Now” by Dua Lipa (Winner)
  • “Circles” by Post Malone
  • “The Box” by Roddy Ricch
  • “Blinding Lights” by The Weeknd

Favorite Country Song:

  • “10,000 Hours” by Dan + Shay with Justin Bieber (Winner)
  • “The Bones” by Maren Morris
  • “Nobody But You” by Blake Shelton with Gwen Stefani

Female Soul/R&B:

  • Jhené Aiko
  • Doja Cat (Winner)
  • Summer Walker

Favorite Latin Female Artist:

  • Karol G
  • Rosalia
  • Becky G (Winner)

Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Song:

  • “WAP” by Cardi B. feat. Meg Thee Stallion (Winner)
  • “Rockstar” by DaBaby feat. Roddy Ricch
  • “The Box” by Roddy Ricch

Favorite Soul/R&B Song:

  • “No Guidance” by Chris Brown feat. Drake
  • “Playing Games” by Summer Walker
  • “Heartless” by The Weeknd (Winner)

Artist of the Year:

  • Doja Cat (Winner)
  • Lewis Capaldi
  • Roddy Ricch
  • Lewis Capaldi
  • DaBaby
  • Lil Baby
  • Megan Thee Stallion

Pop/Rock Duo/Group:

  • BTS (Winner)
  • Jonas Brothers
  • Maroon 5

Favorite Latin Album:

  • “Emmanuel” by Anuel AA
  • “Las Que No Iban A Salir” by Bad Bunny (Winner)
  • “YHLQMDLG” by Bad Bunny

Favorite Male Soul/R&B Artist:

  • Chris Brown
  • John Legend
  • The Weeknd (Winner)

Collaboration of the Year:

  • “Rain On Me” by Lady GaGa with Ariana Grande
  • “Savage Remix” by Megan Thee Stallion feat. Beyonce 
  • “10,000 Hours” by Dan + Shay feat. Justin Bieber (Winner)
  • “WAP” by Cardi B. feat. Megan Thee Stallion
  • “Rockstar” by DaBaby feat. Roddy Ricch

Artist of the Year:

  • Justin Bieber
  • Post Malone
  • Roddy Ricch
  • Taylor Swift (Winner)
  • The Weeknd

Swift revealed that the reason that she was unable to accept her AMA award in person, was because she is currently re-recording all of her old music. Can you imagine a “Fearless: 2021” album? Um, YES PLEASE.  

Taraji also mentioned that Swift had won the award for favorite pop/rock female and favorite music video.

David Dobrik made a guest appearance as T-Mobile’s spokesperson. Dobrik mentioned Justin Bieber with a smile on face, and clearly, Dobrik is a fan (aren’t we all, though?). We’ll never forget the infamous collaboration between the two. Bieber and Dobrik collaborated earlier this year to promote the release of Bieber’s single, “Yummy”. 

BTS closed out the AMA’s with a beautiful (and colorful) remote performance of “Life Goes On” and “Dynamite”. Their outfits were groovy, and their dance moves were so perfectly synced.

Published by Monica Ring

Screenwriter/Journalist with a passion for storytelling

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