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American Music Awards 2020 WINNERS: Musics biggest night kicks off in front of limited audience – Daily Mail

Taylor Swift earned the top prize at the 2020 American Music Awards but perhaps the biggest news of all was her announcement that she is currently rerecording all of her old music amid her very public feud with Scooter Braun over the masters of her first six albums.

The 30-year-old singer was not in attendance at the award show held at Los Angeles‘ Microsoft Theater on Sunday night but instead opted to appear via satellite as she accepted the Artist Of The Year Award and made the big revelation. 

She said:  ‘I’m re-recording all my music, and it’s been amazing, and I can’t wait for you to hear it.’

The music gala – which is considered to be one of the biggest in the industry – took place in front of a limited  audience ‘in small groups, from the same families’ with several safety cautions taken including testing amid the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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Huge news: Taylor Swift earned the top prize at the 2020 American Music Awards but perhaps the biggest news of all was her announcement that she is currently rerecording all of her old music amid her very public feud with Scooter Braun over her first five albums

Huge news: Taylor Swift earned the top prize at the 2020 American Music Awards but perhaps the biggest news of all was her announcement that she is currently rerecording all of her old music amid her very public feud with Scooter Braun over her first five albums

Huge news: Taylor Swift earned the top prize at the 2020 American Music Awards but perhaps the biggest news of all was her announcement that she is currently rerecording all of her old music amid her very public feud with Scooter Braun over her first five albums

Threesome: Though Taylor earned the top award of the night, it was The Weeknd who hit the podium the most with three wins during the broadcast

Threesome: Though Taylor earned the top award of the night, it was The Weeknd who hit the podium the most with three wins during the broadcast

Threesome: Though Taylor earned the top award of the night, it was The Weeknd who hit the podium the most with three wins during the broadcast

Interesting approach: The music gala - which is considered to be one of the biggest in the industry - took place in front of a limited audience 'in small groups, from the same families' with several safety cautions taken including testing amid the COVID-19 pandemic

Interesting approach: The music gala - which is considered to be one of the biggest in the industry - took place in front of a limited audience 'in small groups, from the same families' with several safety cautions taken including testing amid the COVID-19 pandemic

Interesting approach: The music gala – which is considered to be one of the biggest in the industry – took place in front of a limited audience ‘in small groups, from the same families’ with several safety cautions taken including testing amid the COVID-19 pandemic

Taylor beat out heavy competition including Justin Bieber, Post Malone, Roddy Ricch, and The Weeknd who took home the most awards of the night with three.

She also won Favorite Music Video and Favorite Female Artist – Pop/Rock though the wins did not make it on the broadcast. The awards added to her success at the show as she has won 32 over her career which is most ever for the AMAs.

The pop megastar made sure to thank her Swifties as she said: ‘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, but I still feel connected to you. 

‘Your reaction to Folklore, I am so lucky. I’m re-recording all my music, and it’s been amazing, and I can’t wait for you to hear it.’

This came just days after it was reported that Scooter Braun sold Swift’s highly-coveted masters from the Big Machine Label Group for over $300 million amid a 17 month feud. 

Revelation: She said: 'I'm re-recording all my music, and it's been amazing, and I can't wait for you to hear it'

Revelation: She said: 'I'm re-recording all my music, and it's been amazing, and I can't wait for you to hear it'

Revelation: She said: ‘I’m re-recording all my music, and it’s been amazing, and I can’t wait for you to hear it’

Wow: The 30-year-old singer was not in attendance at the award show held at Los Angeles ' Microsoft Theater on Sunday night but instead opted to appear via satellite

Wow: The 30-year-old singer was not in attendance at the award show held at Los Angeles ' Microsoft Theater on Sunday night but instead opted to appear via satellite

Huge: She not only accepted the Artist Of The Year Award but also made the big revelation

Huge: She not only accepted the Artist Of The Year Award but also made the big revelation

Wow: The 30-year-old singer was not in attendance at the award show held at Los Angeles ‘ Microsoft Theater on Sunday night but instead opted to appear via satellite as she accepted the Artist Of The Year Award and made the big revelation

Top dog: Taylor beat out heavy competition including Justin Bieber, Post Malone, Roddy Ricch, and The Weeknd who took home the most awards of the night with three

Top dog: Taylor beat out heavy competition including Justin Bieber, Post Malone, Roddy Ricch, and The Weeknd who took home the most awards of the night with three

Top dog: Taylor beat out heavy competition including Justin Bieber, Post Malone, Roddy Ricch, and The Weeknd who took home the most awards of the night with three

The 39-year-old music executive unloaded the master rights to the 30-year-old’s first six albums to Los Angeles-based private equity firm Shamrock Holdings, according to a Monday report from Variety.

The deal, which was sanctioned within the last two weeks, is believed to be over $300 million and may even rise as high as $450 million, according to the entertainment publication.

Braun’s company Ithaca Holdings LLC purchased Nashville-based independent record label Big Machine, which was founded by Scott Borchetta in 2005, in June 2019 for just above $300 million. 

The deal included Swift’s catalog — from her 2006 self-titled debut to 2017’s Reputation – along with all her music videos recorded within that time frame, and her album artwork. 

The Man: Scooter Braun (left) has sold Swift's highly-coveted masters from the Big Machine Label Group for over $300 million according to a report from Variety earlier this week

The Man: Scooter Braun (left) has sold Swift's highly-coveted masters from the Big Machine Label Group for over $300 million according to a report from Variety earlier this week

Face-to-face: Swoft seen on Sunday night

Face-to-face: Swoft seen on Sunday night

The Man: Scooter Braun (left) has sold Swift’s highly-coveted masters from the Big Machine Label Group for over $300 million according to a report from Variety earlier this week

At the time, Swift voiced public outrage that Braun had acquired the rights to her master recordings. She called the situation a ‘worst case scenario’ and said the news made her ‘sad and grossed out’ because, in part, she claims Braun perpetuated ‘incessant, manipulative bullying’ against her for years to ‘dismantle’ her musical legacy.

Following Braun’s sale of Swift’s catalog to Shamrock, the music mogul and his backers will retain the remainder of Big Machine – whose other artists include the likes of Sheryl Crow, Lady A, and Tim McGraw – for a fraction of their original investment.

Shortly after the sale made headlines on Monday, Swift spoke out about it on Twitter, accusing Braun of denying her the chance to own her old masters.

Silenced: Swift claimed on Monday that Braun demanded she sign an 'ironclad' NDA which would silence her before she could begin discussions with BMLG Records about regaining ownership of her songs

Silenced: Swift claimed on Monday that Braun demanded she sign an 'ironclad' NDA which would silence her before she could begin discussions with BMLG Records about regaining ownership of her songs

Silenced: Swift claimed on Monday that Braun demanded she sign an ‘ironclad’ NDA which would silence her before she could begin discussions with BMLG Records about regaining ownership of her songs

Disappointed: The singer also revealed Shamrock Holdings as the private equity firm that bought the masters in a recent deal. She shared a letter she sent Shamrock after they reached out to her to inform her about the deal

Disappointed: The singer also revealed Shamrock Holdings as the private equity firm that bought the masters in a recent deal. She shared a letter she sent Shamrock after they reached out to her to inform her about the deal

Disappointed: The singer also revealed Shamrock Holdings as the private equity firm that bought the masters in a recent deal. She shared a letter she sent Shamrock after they reached out to her to inform her about the deal

A Timeline: Taylor Swift’s feud with Scooter Braun and Scott Borchetta

Taylor Swift signed to Big Machine Records in 2006, which has released all but one of her albums. 

In 2018, Swift signed with Universal Music Group, but Big Machine Records still retains the exclusive rights to her entire back catalogue of master recordings.  

Timeline of a feud: Taylor Swift, seen here this summer, is in dispute with Scooter Braun and Scott Borchetta over her back catalogue

Timeline of a feud: Taylor Swift, seen here this summer, is in dispute with Scooter Braun and Scott Borchetta over her back catalogue

Timeline of a feud: Taylor Swift, seen here this summer, is in dispute with Scooter Braun and Scott Borchetta over her back catalogue

Here’s how the public feud began: 

June 30, 2019: Braun’s $300million deal is announced 

The Wall Street Journal reported that Scooter Braun reached a deal of more than $300million to purchase Big Machine Records and with it, all of Swift’s old music. 

On the same day, Swift shared a blog post saying that for years she pleaded for a chance to own her work but was only given an opportunity to sign back up to Big Machine Records and ‘earn’ one album back at a time, ‘one for every new one I turned in’. 

She claimed in the post that she ‘walked away because I knew once I signed that contract, Scott Borchetta would sell the label, thereby selling me and my future’.

Long working relationship: Taylor Swift signed to Big Machine Records in 2006, which has released all but one of her albums; she is seen with Scott Borchetta in 2013

Long working relationship: Taylor Swift signed to Big Machine Records in 2006, which has released all but one of her albums; she is seen with Scott Borchetta in 2013

Long working relationship: Taylor Swift signed to Big Machine Records in 2006, which has released all but one of her albums; she is seen with Scott Borchetta in 2013

July 1, 2019: Scott Borchetta releases statement on the sale

Borchetta, the man who sold Swift’s catalog to Braun, says the singer has been misleading about the situation, claiming she had the chance to purchase her work and knew well ahead of time of the deal.

In an open letter on the label’s website, Borchetta, 56, who founded Big Machine Label Group, claimed the songstress had a shot earlier at buying the work, which fell through when she inked a pact with Universal Music Group.

On the same day, celebrities voiced their views. Halsey and Cara Delevingne rushed to support Swift as Justin Bieber, Demi Lovato and Braun’s wife, Yael Cohen, voiced their support for him. 

July 2, 2019: Braun faces backlash for bragging about purchase

Braun faced furious backlash over his now-deleted Instagram post that bragged about him ‘buying Taylor Swift’ as he claimed he tried to have a mature conversation with her about the purchase of her catalog of past albums.

When the news first broke – and before Swift responded angrily – Braun was re-posting messages of congratulations from friends and colleagues on his Instagram story.

One of the messages that Braun re-posted and later deleted from his Instagram story congratulated him on ‘buying’ the 29-year singer.

Controversial sale: Scott Borchetta and Scooter Braun in June 2019

Controversial sale: Scott Borchetta and Scooter Braun in June 2019

Controversial sale: Scott Borchetta and Scooter Braun in June 2019

July 3, 2019: Swift’s lawyers deny she knew about $300m sale 

Her lawyer denied claims that Swift had an opportunity to buy her masters before it was eventually sold to Braun.

Borchetta had previously claimed that Swift knew about the sale. 

The lawyer refuted claims that the Shake It Off singer was informed months in advance that Big Machine was up for sale. 

August 21, 2019: Swift confirms she’s re-recording songbook

The singer announced her plans to re-record her songbook to regain control of her master recordings.

August 23, 2019: Swift celebrates release of first album not owned by Braun

Swift told Good Morning American that her Lover album is so special because ‘it’s the first one that I will own’.

On the same day, Swift slammed Braun in a separate interview, saying: ‘And the person who bought my art, he’s never made any art in his life, so he doesn’t know what it’s like.

‘He could never understand that personal connection. When you make something and then someone buys it out from under you…’ she said, referring to Braun.  

August 25, 2019: Swift blasts Borchetta for selling her music

Swift told CBS Sunday that she only found out about the secret $300million deal when it was news online.

‘I found out when it was online, like, when it hit the news,’ she said. 

‘I knew he [Scott Borchetta] would sell my music, I knew he would do that,’ she began.

‘I couldn’t believe who he sold it to, because, we’ve had endless conversations about Scooter Braun and he has 300 million reasons to conveniently forget those conversations.’

September 16, 2019: Braun insists he had no ‘malicious intent’ when buying Taylor Swift’s back catalogue masters 

Braun insisted he had no ‘malicious intent’ when he bought Big Machine Records.

‘I don’t do anything with malicious intent,’ the 38-year-old power broker told Tony Gonzalez’s Wide Open podcast.

‘I try to do things above board. I try to do the right thing. Not everyone’s gonna be happy with everything that you do, and I think in the long-term, I’ve learned this over time, the truth always comes out, and I’m confident in that.’

November 14, 2019:  Swift says she’s banned from singing on TV

Swift claimed that Big Machine Records founder, Borchetta, and music executive Braun have effectively told her ‘shut up or you’ll be punished’. 

She claimed they told her that she wouldn’t be able to perform a planned medley of her greatest hits at the American Music Awards next Sunday where she is due to receive Artist of the Decade.

They have also allegedly denied permission to use her old songs on a Netflix documentary that has been two years in the making.

November 15, 2019: Big Machine Records releases statement denying her claims 

Swift’s former record company hit back at the singer for making ‘false’ claims that the label banned her from singing her own songs on television. 

In a statement, Big Machine Label Group alleged that Swift owes ‘millions of dollars’ to their label and that her social media posts are threatening the safety of their employees.

November 22, 2019: Scooter Braun makes public appeal to end feud after his family received death threats

Braun shared a public letter on Instagram which read in part: ‘Since your public statement last week there have been numerous death threats directed at my family.’

He also said: ‘I assume this was not your intention but it is important that you understand that your words carry a tremendous amount of weight and that your message can be interpreted by some in different ways.’ 

He made it clear he wants to ‘rectify the situation’ and is ‘open to ALL possibilities.’

 Scooter ended his letter with another plea for a resolution – but admitted ‘many’ had told him it was unlikely he and Taylor would meet face-to-face as she’s more interested in creating her own ‘narrative’. 

Scooter ended the post with a screenshot of a threatening message he’d received towards his himself, his wife Yael Cohen and their three young children.

Taking a stand: Taylor began her performance at the American Music Awards on November 24 wearing a white dress shirt with the titles of all her older albums on it

Taking a stand: Taylor began her performance at the American Music Awards on November 24 wearing a white dress shirt with the titles of all her older albums on it

Showing off: She turned around to show Fearless on the back before ditching the garment

Showing off: She turned around to show Fearless on the back before ditching the garment

Taking a stand: Taylor began her performance at the American Music Awards oon November 24 wearing a white dress shirt with the titles of all her albums on it including 1989 and Fearless

November 24, 2019:  Swift performs her hits at the American Music Awards amid controversy

Taylor Swift took aim Scooter Braun and Scott Borchetta during her highly-anticipated Artist of the Decade performance amid their highly-publicized feud before revealing to the audience that she has had the ‘hardest’ year ever.

The 29-year-old hitmaker began her performance at the American Music Awards held at the Microsoft Theater on Sunday wearing a white button-down dress shirt with the titles of all her older albums on it including 1989 and Fearless.

She sang her female empowering hit – The Man – before shedding the top to symbolically hit back at the record executives as they own her old catalog of music despite her writing all of it.  

 The song plays with the perception of men and women in society as she previously explained to Vogue:  ‘If I had made all the same choices, all the same mistakes, all the same accomplishments, how would it read?’ 

It was quite the setlist as she played Love Story, I Knew You Were Trouble, Blank Space, and Shake It Off in that order sandwiched between The Man and Lover. 

December 12, 2019: Swift slams Scooter Braun as she accepted Billboard’s first-ever Woman of the Decade award

Swift took at at Scooter while accepting Billboard's first ever Woman of the Decade award

Swift took at at Scooter while accepting Billboard's first ever Woman of the Decade award

Swift took at at Scooter while accepting Billboard’s first ever Woman of the Decade award 

The Lover hitmaker took aim at the music mogul during her acceptance speech at the Billboard Women in Music Awards 2019 at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles and she also hit out at his supporters.

Taylor told the crowd: ‘Lately there’s been a new shift that has affected me personally, and as your resident loud person, I feel like I need to bring it up. And that’s the unregulated world of private equity coming in and buying up our music as if it’s real estate, or an app, or a shoe line.

‘This happened to me without my approval, consultation or consent.

‘Scooter [Braun] never contacted me or my team to discuss it prior to the sale.’

Taylor also called out a number of Scooter’s supporters, saying it is ‘the definition of the toxic male privilege in our industry to say, ‘Well, he’s always been nice to me.’

‘Of course he’s nice to you; if you’re in this room, you have something he needs.’

April 23, 2020: Taylor Swift slams family of billionaire investor George Soros and nemesis Scooter Braun for their ‘shameless greed’ on the release of a new live album

The superstar took to Instagram to slam the executives in the latest war of words over the ownership of her music.

‘It looks to me like Scooter Braun and his financial backers, 23 Capital, Alex Soros, and the Soros family and The Carlyle Group, have seen the latest balance sheets and realized that paying $330 million for my music wasn’t exactly a wise choice and they need money,’ Swift wrote in the post. 

Swift finished off her note to her 131 million fans with a biting statement aimed at the executives as she wrote: ‘In my opinion… Just another case of shameless greed in the time of the coronavirus. 

‘So tasteless, but very transparent.’ 

The album in question appears to be titled ‘Live From Clear Channel Stripped 2008’ as some diehard Taylor fans were able to find it listed on Spotify. 

Swift wrote: ‘Hey guys – I want to thank my fans for making me aware that my former record label is putting out an ‘album’ of live performances of mine tonight. 

‘This recording is from a 2008 radio show performance I did when I was 18. Big Machine has listed the date as a 2017 release but they’re actually releasing it tonight at midnight.’ 

 November 16, 2020: Taylor Swift’s masters are SOLD by Scooter Braun for over $300 MILLION

Music executive Braun unloaded the master rights to the 30-year-old’s first six albums to an unnamed investment fund according to Variety.

The buyer and actual price has yet to be reported but the deal is believed to be over $300 million and closed within the last two weeks according to the entertainment publication.

The sale comes at an interesting time as Swift is now free to re-record songs from her first five BMLG-issued albums as of this month. 

Shortly after the sale made headlines on Monday, Swift spoke out about it on Twitter, accusing Braun of denying her the chance to own her old masters. 

She detailed how she unsuccessfully tried to negotiate the purchase of the rights to her old music catalog, claiming that Braun demanded she sign an ‘ironclad’ NDA which would silence her before she could even begin discussions with BMLG Records. 

The singer also claimed the masters were sold without her knowledge, and she revealed the name of private equity company Shamrock Holdings as the new owners of her work. 

Along with her post Swift also shared a letter she sent to Shamrock after they reached out to her to inform her of the purchase. 

The Bad Blood hitmaker informed them that she had been excited at the prospect of partnering with them but after learning that Braun is still going to profit off the catalog she realized there was no way forward. 

She detailed how she unsuccessfully tried to negotiate the purchase of the rights to her old music catalog, claiming that Braun demanded she sign an ‘ironclad’ NDA which would silence her before she could even begin discussions with BMLG Records. 

The singer also claimed the masters were sold without her knowledge, and she revealed the name of private equity company Shamrock Holdings as the new owners of her work. 

Along with her post Swift also shared a letter she sent to Shamrock after they reached out to her to inform her of the purchase. 

The Bad Blood hitmaker informed them that she had been excited at the prospect of partnering with them but after learning that Braun is still going to profit off the catalog she realized there was no way forward. 

Though Taylor earned the top award of the night, it was 
The Weeknd who hit the podium the most during the actual event with three wins during the broadcast.  

Ouch: The Weeknd kicked off the award show in fine form as he earned the first win of the night in the Soul/R&B Album category

Ouch: The Weeknd kicked off the award show in fine form as he earned the first win of the night in the Soul/R&B Album category

Ouch: The Weeknd kicked off the award show in fine form as he earned the first win of the night in the Soul/R&B Album category

Grateful: The 30-year-old Canadian crooner - real name Abel Makkonen Tesfaye - was given the honor for his critically acclaimed album, After Hours, at the award show which took place at Los Angeles ' Microsoft Theater on Sunday night

Grateful: The 30-year-old Canadian crooner - real name Abel Makkonen Tesfaye - was given the honor for his critically acclaimed album, After Hours, at the award show which took place at Los Angeles ' Microsoft Theater on Sunday night

Method acting: Viewers may be confused by the singer's appearance as his head was completely wrapped in bandage, however, it has all been part of the character he has played throughout the visuals which have accompanied his recent music including music videos and award show performances

Method acting: Viewers may be confused by the singer's appearance as his head was completely wrapped in bandage, however, it has all been part of the character he has played throughout the visuals which have accompanied his recent music including music videos and award show performances

Grateful: The 30-year-old Canadian crooner – real name Abel Makkonen Tesfaye – was given the honor for his critically acclaimed album, After Hours, at the award show which took place at Los Angeles ‘ Microsoft Theater on Sunday night

Proud: He said: 'Thank you. Wow. Last time I received this award, it was given to me by the late, great prince. 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 award to him. Thank you'

Proud: He said: 'Thank you. Wow. Last time I received this award, it was given to me by the late, great prince. 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 award to him. Thank you'

Proud: He said: ‘Thank you. Wow. Last time I received this award, it was given to me by the late, great prince. 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 award to him. Thank you’

Leggy lady: Ciara looked stunning as she presented the first award of the night to The Weeknd

Leggy lady: Ciara looked stunning as she presented the first award of the night to The Weeknd

Leggy lady: Ciara looked stunning as she presented the first award of the night to The Weeknd

Sweet: The Weeknd was greeted with a smooch from the talented Ciara

Sweet: The Weeknd was greeted with a smooch from the talented Ciara

Sweet: The Weeknd was greeted with a smooch from the talented Ciara 

Triple threat: Lastly he beat out Chris Brown and John Legend for the Favorite Male Artist - Soul/R&B award for his third crystal pyramid of the night

Triple threat: Lastly he beat out Chris Brown and John Legend for the Favorite Male Artist - Soul/R&B award for his third crystal pyramid of the night

Triple threat: Lastly he beat out Chris Brown and John Legend for the Favorite Male Artist – Soul/R&B award for his third crystal pyramid of the night

The 30-year-old Canadian crooner – real name Abel Makkonen Tesfaye – kicked off the award show in fine form as he earned the first win of the night in the Soul/R&B Album category as he was given the honor for his critically acclaimed album After Hours. 

As the Weeknd – who was presented the award by Ciara – had previously received the award from Prince, he dedicated the win to the late legendary musician.

He said: ‘Thank you. Wow. Last time I received this award, it was given to me by the late, great prince. 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 award to him. Thank you.’ 

Viewers may be confused by the singer’s appearance as his head was completely wrapped in bandage, however, it has all been part of the character he has played throughout the visuals which have accompanied his recent music including music videos and award show performances.

Art: The Weeknd later hit the streets of downtown Los Angeles to perform a medley of his After Hour hits including In Your Eyes and Save Your Tears

Art: The Weeknd later hit the streets of downtown Los Angeles to perform a medley of his After Hour hits including In Your Eyes and Save Your Tears

Art: The Weeknd later hit the streets of downtown Los Angeles to perform a medley of his After Hour hits including In Your Eyes and Save Your Tears

Big horn energy: Kenny G joined The Weeknd during the debut performance

Big horn energy: Kenny G joined The Weeknd during the debut performance

Big horn energy: Kenny G joined The Weeknd during the debut performance

In fact just 20 minutes later, he hit the streets of downtown Los Angeles to perform a medley of his After Hour hits including In Your Eyes and Save Your Tears.

His second win of the night came in the Favorite Song – Soul/R&B for his hit Heartless. 

The Weeknd kept his speech short and sweet as he said: ‘Thank you. I love you, too, baby. Thank you. Illangelo  helped me produce this song. Anton [Tammi] directed such an insane music video. I want to thank them, and all the fans at home watching this right now. And, yeah, that’s it. Thank you.’

Lastly he beat out Chris Brown and John Legend for the Favorite Male Artist – Soul/R&B award.

Megan Thee Stallion was a big winner as she accepted the Favorite Song – Rap/Hip-Hop award for her controversial collaboration, WAP, with Cardi B.

The 25-year-old rapper hit the stage to accept the crystal pyramid at the gala event for her hit song at the event.

Rocking it: Megan Thee Stallion was a big winner as she accepted the Favorite Song - Rap/Hip-Hop award for her controversial collaboration, WAP, with Cardi B

Rocking it: Megan Thee Stallion was a big winner as she accepted the Favorite Song - Rap/Hip-Hop award for her controversial collaboration, WAP, with Cardi B

Wow factor: All eyes were on the Texas native

Wow factor: All eyes were on the Texas native

Rocking it: Megan Thee Stallion was a big winner as she accepted the Favorite Song – Rap/Hip-Hop award for her controversial collaboration, WAP, with Cardi B

Cardi was not in attendance but Megan accepted on their behalf as she said:  ‘First of all, hey, y’all. Thank you, everybody, from me and Cardi. We super appreciate this. Thank you to all the people that supported it. 

‘Thank you to all the people that supported, all that people that showed love. We super appreciate it. And just thank you, god, thank you, mama, I know you’re watching over me. And thank you grandma for watching from home.’

Megan looked absolutely stunning in a lime green mini dress featuring a blinged out detailing on the straps and around the chest along with strappy black stilettos. 

Solo act: Cardi was not in attendance but Megan accepted on their behalf as she said: 'First of all, hey, y'all. Thank you, everybody, from me and Cardi. We super appreciate this. Thank you to all the people that supported it'

Solo act: Cardi was not in attendance but Megan accepted on their behalf as she said: 'First of all, hey, y'all. Thank you, everybody, from me and Cardi. We super appreciate this. Thank you to all the people that supported it'

Solo act: Cardi was not in attendance but Megan accepted on their behalf as she said: ‘First of all, hey, y’all. Thank you, everybody, from me and Cardi. We super appreciate this. Thank you to all the people that supported it’

Glittering: Megan grinned from ear-to-ear as she showed off her new trophy

Glittering: Megan grinned from ear-to-ear as she showed off her new trophy

Glittering: Megan grinned from ear-to-ear as she showed off her new trophy 

Jaw dropping: Megan looked absolutely stunning in a lime green mini dress featuring a blinged out detailing on the straps and around the chest

Jaw dropping: Megan looked absolutely stunning in a lime green mini dress featuring a blinged out detailing on the straps and around the chest

Strutting her stuff: She finished off the look with strappy black stilettos

Strutting her stuff: She finished off the look with strappy black stilettos

Jaw dropping: Megan looked absolutely stunning in a lime green mini dress featuring a blinged out detailing on the straps and around the chest along with strappy black stilettos

Top dog: Megan happily walked backstage with her new piece of hardware

Top dog: Megan happily walked backstage with her new piece of hardware

Top dog: Megan happily walked backstage with her new piece of hardware 

Doja Cat was another big winner on the night as she earned two awards: Favorite Female Artist – Soul/R&B and the coveted New Artist Of The Year.

The 25-year-old singer – real name Amala Ratna Zandile Dlamini – beat out heavy competition for the New Artist Of The Year gong including  Lewis Capaldi, DaBaby, Lil Baby, Roddy Ricch, and Megan Thee Stallion.

She said: ‘Wow. Again? Thank you. Thank you so much. Thank you to my fans, and this time I wrote a song about all the people I want to thank because I couldn’t remember names.’ 

Double duty: Doja Cat was another big winner on the night as she earned two awards

Double duty: Doja Cat was another big winner on the night as she earned two awards

Double-fisting: She earned Favorite Female Artist - Soul/R&B and the coveted New Artist Of The Year

Double-fisting: She earned Favorite Female Artist - Soul/R&B and the coveted New Artist Of The Year

Double duty: Doja Cat was another big winner on the night as she earned two awards: Favorite Female Artist – Soul/R&B and the coveted New Artist Of The Year

Stunning: She looked fantastic as she addressed the crowd in her evening gown

Stunning: She looked fantastic as she addressed the crowd in her evening gown

 Stunning: She looked fantastic as she addressed the crowd in her evening gown

Big deal: The 25-year-old singer - real name Amala Ratna Zandile Dlamini - beat out heavy competition for the New Artist Of The Year gong including Lewis Capaldi, DaBaby, Lil Baby, Roddy Ricch, and Megan Thee Stallion

Big deal: The 25-year-old singer - real name Amala Ratna Zandile Dlamini - beat out heavy competition for the New Artist Of The Year gong including Lewis Capaldi, DaBaby, Lil Baby, Roddy Ricch, and Megan Thee Stallion

Ecstatic: Doja had a huge smile on her face

Ecstatic: Doja had a huge smile on her face

Big deal: The 25-year-old singer – real name Amala Ratna Zandile Dlamini – beat out heavy competition for the New Artist Of The Year gong including Lewis Capaldi, DaBaby, Lil Baby, Roddy Ricch, and Megan Thee Stallion

Interesting: She said: 'Wow. Again? Thank you. Thank you so much. Thank you to my fans, and this time I wrote a song about all the people I want to thank because I couldn't remember names'

Interesting: She said: 'Wow. Again? Thank you. Thank you so much. Thank you to my fans, and this time I wrote a song about all the people I want to thank because I couldn't remember names'

Interesting: She said: ‘Wow. Again? Thank you. Thank you so much. Thank you to my fans, and this time I wrote a song about all the people I want to thank because I couldn’t remember names’

The Say So hitmaker then broke into song as she said: ‘So it went — yeti, Gordon, Sal, Lydia, mom, Josh, something, something, something, Peter, John, and Joe. 

‘Thank you guys so much. I love you. This is insane. And stay safe. And I am just, I’m — thank you, I’m out of here. I love you guys so much.’

Despite rising COVID-19 numbers rising across the country, there was a limited audience in attendance as organizers for the award show have taken several precautions to make it as safe an event as possible 

Host Taraji P. Henson acknowledged the audience at the beginning of the show as she said: ‘Wait, do you hear that? That glorious — yes. That’s the glorious sound of alive in the house applause. Yes, we have some special guests here tonight. We invited them in small groups, from the same families. 

Proud: Dua Lipa was the second winner of the night as she earned Favorite Song - Pop/Rock for Don't Stop Now

Proud: Dua Lipa was the second winner of the night as she earned Favorite Song - Pop/Rock for Don't Stop Now

Proud: Dua Lipa was the second winner of the night as she earned Favorite Song – Pop/Rock for Don’t Stop Now

Wonder in white: Becky G looked fantastic as she earned Favorite Female Artist - Latin

Wonder in white: Becky G looked fantastic as she earned Favorite Female Artist - Latin

Simply stunning: She was all smiles

Simply stunning: She was all smiles

Wonder in white: Becky G looked fantastic as she earned Favorite Female Artist – Latin

Happy: She gave a special shoutout to her grandfather

Happy: She gave a special shoutout to her grandfather

Happy: She gave a special shoutout to her grandfather 

Hitmakers: Dan + Shay won Favorite Song - Country for their collaboration with Justin Bieber titled 10,000 Hours

Hitmakers: Dan + Shay won Favorite Song - Country for their collaboration with Justin Bieber titled 10,000 Hours

Hitmakers: Dan + Shay won Favorite Song – Country for their collaboration with Justin Bieber titled 10,000 Hours

‘They’re all here, socially distanced, wearing masks, COVID tested. Yes, we’re very responsible. And like everyone else here, just happy to be out of the house. So let me hear it. Oh, humans, humans. Y’all look so good up there, yes, kings and queens.’

The audience was primarily in the loge and mezzanine areas of the theater as the seats in front of the stage were humorously taken up by cardboard cutouts of A-listers including Beyonce, Jay-Z and Dolly Parton.

A Dick Clark Productions spokesperson told Rolling Stone on Saturday: ‘We have rigorous Covid-19 safety guidelines and protocols in place — approved by the unions and with guidance from L.A. County Department of Public Health — that are beyond what is required.’

Anyone who is entering the venue was tested in advanced and will continue to be tested throughout the production until wrap.

Crossed: It was a night of several performances by some of the biggest stars in music, however, no doubt the most talked about one will be from Jennifer Lopez

Crossed: It was a night of several performances by some of the biggest stars in music, however, no doubt the most talked about one will be from Jennifer Lopez

Crossed: It was a night of several performances by some of the biggest stars in music, however, no doubt the most talked about one will be from Jennifer Lopez

Twosome: The 51-year-old appeared with Maluma, as they performed collabs from their upcoming romantic comedy Marry Me

Twosome: The 51-year-old appeared with Maluma, as they performed collabs from their upcoming romantic comedy Marry Me

Twosome: The 51-year-old appeared with Maluma, as they performed collabs from their upcoming romantic comedy Marry Me

Wow factor: Striped lights lit her up, as she showcased her body in a sheer black catsuit, while performing their tracks Pa Ti and Lonely

Wow factor: Striped lights lit her up, as she showcased her body in a sheer black catsuit, while performing their tracks Pa Ti and Lonely

Sultry: It was quite the sexy display

Sultry: It was quite the sexy display

Wow factor: Striped lights lit her up, as she showcased her body in a sheer black catsuit, while performing their tracks Pa Ti and Lonely

Steamy: Lopez extended her killer legs as she stood atop a table, before she sat opposite Maluma, delivering a sexy musical interrogation

Steamy: Lopez extended her killer legs as she stood atop a table, before she sat opposite Maluma, delivering a sexy musical interrogation

Steamy: Lopez extended her killer legs as she stood atop a table, before she sat opposite Maluma, delivering a sexy musical interrogation

Back-to-back: She left him for centerstage, leading the dancers in a sizzling chair dance, flaunting her gorgeous figure in the barely-there ensemble

Back-to-back: She left him for centerstage, leading the dancers in a sizzling chair dance, flaunting her gorgeous figure in the barely-there ensemble

Back-to-back: She left him for centerstage, leading the dancers in a sizzling chair dance, flaunting her gorgeous figure in the barely-there ensemble

Facial coverings were also required for anyone not on stage inside of the venue with the one exception being background dancers who will also be required to wear masks.

The production spokesperson told the music publication: ‘Everyone inside our footprint, with the exception of artists on stage who are singing or speaking, will be wearing facial coverings and maintain social distancing at all times. 

‘When artists are not on stage singing, presenting, or accepting an award, they will be wearing personal protective equipment (PPE). Additionally, we disinfect our set every evening and in between performances during pre-production, rehearsals and in the live show.’  

Dua Lipa was the second winner of the night as she earned Favorite Song – Pop/Rock for Don’t Stop Now. 

Comeback: Justin Bieber kicked off the show as he did a medley of hits including Lonely and Holy

Comeback: Justin Bieber kicked off the show as he did a medley of hits including Lonely and Holy

Comeback: Justin Bieber kicked off the show as he did a medley of hits including Lonely and Holy

Happy: Justin definitely looked in his element

Happy: Justin definitely looked in his element

Casual cool: Bieber donned a blue and white checked jacket and orange beanie

Casual cool: Bieber donned a blue and white checked jacket and orange beanie

Happy: Justin definitely looked in his element

Dynamic duo: Katy Perry and Darius Rucker performed a new version of her it Only Love

Dynamic duo: Katy Perry and Darius Rucker performed a new version of her it Only Love

Dynamic duo: Katy Perry and Darius Rucker performed a new version of her it Only Love

Rock star: Billie Eilish gave her premiere performance of Therefore I Am

Rock star: Billie Eilish gave her premiere performance of Therefore I Am

Sweet sounds: She put on a fantastic performance

Sweet sounds: She put on a fantastic performance

Rock star: Billie Eilish gave her premiere performance of Therefore I Am

Bond: Her brother FINNEAS joined her on stage as he played the bass whole wearing a face mask

Bond: Her brother FINNEAS joined her on stage as he played the bass whole wearing a face mask

Bond: Her brother FINNEAS joined her on stage as he played the bass whole wearing a face mask

Living legend: Nelly performed several hits as he celebrated Country Grammar's 20th anniversary

Living legend: Nelly performed several hits as he celebrated Country Grammar's 20th anniversary

Goes hell for leather: At one point he called the record 'the best album of all-time'

Goes hell for leather: At one point he called the record 'the best album of all-time'

Living legend: Nelly performed several hits as he celebrated Country Grammar’s 20th anniversary

The 25-year-old hitmaker accepted the award via satellite in London as she said:  ‘Oh, my god. Thank you so much. Thank you, amas. Thank you to all the fans and the listeners, I’m so grateful and so honored. This is so surreal and exciting. And I’m lost for words. Thank you so much to my team, my managers, Ben and Jules. Thank you, Kathy, my label, Warner records. 

‘Oh, my god. This is crazy. Thank you so much to my team, my girls, my friends, my family, and a massive thank you to my collaborators because I couldn’t have done this song without you guys. Thank you so much. We have to celebrate. We have to celebrate. Thank you.’

It was a night of several performances by some of the biggest stars in music, however, no doubt the most talked about one will be from Jennifer Lopez. 

Hostess with the mostess: Taraji then hit the stage to do an impressive and energetic dance routine set to top pop music including Megan Thee Stallion before doing her monologue

Hostess with the mostess: Taraji then hit the stage to do an impressive and energetic dance routine set to top pop music including Megan Thee Stallion before doing her monologue

Hostess with the mostess: Taraji then hit the stage to do an impressive and energetic dance routine set to top pop music including Megan Thee Stallion before doing her monologue

Shining star: She certainly showed off her twerking skills

Shining star: She certainly showed off her twerking skills

Shimmering: The host rocked a beige jumpsuit featuring sparkles all over it

Shimmering: The host rocked a beige jumpsuit featuring sparkles all over it

Shining star: She certainly showed off her twerking skills

Lonely? Taraji is shown being surrounded by an ocean of empty seats during one of her introductions

Lonely? Taraji is shown being surrounded by an ocean of empty seats during one of her introductions

Lonely? Taraji is shown being surrounded by an ocean of empty seats during one of her introductions 

Wow factor: The talented actress showed off a very leggy look

Wow factor: The talented actress showed off a very leggy look

All eyes on her: She looked stunning as always

All eyes on her: She looked stunning as always

Wow factor: The talented actress showed off a very leggy look 

The 51-year-old appeared with Maluma, as they performed collabs from their upcoming romantic comedy Marry Me.

She stood on a dark smokey stage, as a cross-shaped spotlight illuminated her glam mug and blonde beach waves.

Striped lights lit her up, as she showcased her body in a sheer black catsuit, while performing their tracks Pa Ti and Lonely. 

Lopez extended her killer legs as she stood atop a table, before she sat opposite Maluma, delivering a sexy musical interrogation. 

Golden girl: Cara Delevingne was one of the many presenters

Golden girl: Cara Delevingne was one of the many presenters

Golden girl: Cara Delevingne was one of the many presenters

Glitter: The model demanded attention in a shimmering gold suit

Glitter: The model demanded attention in a shimmering gold suit

Racy: She wore the shiny suit over a nude-colored cami

Racy: She wore the shiny suit over a nude-colored cami

Glitter: The model demanded attention in a shimmering gold suit

She left him for centerstage, leading the dancers in a sizzling chair dance, flaunting her gorgeous figure in the barely-there ensemble.

Justin Bieber kicked off the show as he did a medley of hits including Lonely and Holy before welcoming Shawn Mendes to the stage to end with their latest collaboration song Monster. 

Though the pandemic has made it a unique year, host Taraji promised everyone an ‘electrifying night of music’ with the awards.

Taraji then hit the stage to do an impressive and energetic dance routine set to top pop music including Megan Thee Stallion before doing her monologue.  

A-list crowd? The audience was primarily in the loge and mezzanine areas of the theater as the seats in front of the stage were humorously taken up by cardboard cutouts of stars including Beyonce and Jay-Z

A-list crowd? The audience was primarily in the loge and mezzanine areas of the theater as the seats in front of the stage were humorously taken up by cardboard cutouts of stars including Beyonce and Jay-Z

A-list crowd? The audience was primarily in the loge and mezzanine areas of the theater as the seats in front of the stage were humorously taken up by cardboard cutouts of stars including Beyonce and Jay-Z

Aligned: Dolly Parton was also shown as a cutout along with Rosalia

Aligned: Dolly Parton was also shown as a cutout along with Rosalia

Aligned: Dolly Parton was also shown as a cutout along with Rosalia

2020 American Music Awards Winners

Artist Of The Year 

Justin Bieber 

Post Malone 

Roddy Ricch 

Taylor Swift – WINNER

The Weeknd  

Top dog: Taylor Swift earned the top prize Artist Of The Year

Top dog: Taylor Swift earned the top prize Artist Of The Year

Top dog: Taylor Swift earned the top prize Artist Of The Year

 

New Artist Of The Year

Lewis Capaldi

Doja Cat – WINNER

DaBaby

Lil Baby

Roddy Ricch

Megan Thee Stallion

Say So: Doja Cat was another big winner on the night as she earned two awards: Favorite Female Artist - Soul/R&B and the coveted New Artist Of The Year

Say So: Doja Cat was another big winner on the night as she earned two awards: Favorite Female Artist - Soul/R&B and the coveted New Artist Of The Year

Say So: Doja Cat was another big winner on the night as she earned two awards: Favorite Female Artist – Soul/R&B and the coveted New Artist Of The Year

 

Collaboration Of The Year

Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion – WAP 

DaBaby ft. Roddy Ricch – Rockstar

Dan + Shay with Justin Bieber – 10,000 Hours – WINNER

Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande – Rain On Me

Megan Thee Stallion ft. Beyoncé – Savage Remix

Double duty: Dan + Shay earned Collaboration Of The Year for 10,000 Hours for their work with Justin Bieber

Double duty: Dan + Shay earned Collaboration Of The Year for 10,000 Hours for their work with Justin Bieber

Double duty: Dan + Shay earned Collaboration Of The Year for 10,000 Hours for their work with Justin Bieber

 

Favorite Social Artist

BTS – WINNER

Billie Eilish

EXO

Ariana Grande

NCT 127 

Dynamite: South Korean pop kings BTS won Favorite Social Artist

Dynamite: South Korean pop kings BTS won Favorite Social Artist

Dynamite: South Korean pop kings BTS won Favorite Social Artist 

 

Favorite Music Video

Doja Cat – Say So

Future ft. Drake – Life Is Good

Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande – Rain On Me

Taylor Swift – cardigan – WINNER

The Weeknd – Blinding Lights

 

Favorite Male Artist – Pop/Rock

Justin Bieber – WINNER

Post Malone

The Weeknd

Holy: Justin Bieber beat out Post Malone and The Weeknd to earn Favorite Male Artist - Pop/Rock

Holy: Justin Bieber beat out Post Malone and The Weeknd to earn Favorite Male Artist - Pop/Rock

Holy: Justin Bieber beat out Post Malone and The Weeknd to earn Favorite Male Artist – Pop/Rock

 

Favorite Female Artist – Pop/Rock

Dua Lipa

Lady Gaga

Taylor Swift – WINNER

 

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

Lewis Capaldi – Someone You Loved

Dua Lipa – Don’t Start Now – WINNER

Post Malone – Circles

Roddy Ricch – The Box

The Weeknd – Blinding Lights

 

Proud: Dua Lipa was the second winner of the night as she earned Favorite Song - Pop/Rock for Don't Stop Now

Proud: Dua Lipa was the second winner of the night as she earned Favorite Song - Pop/Rock for Don't Stop Now

Proud: Dua Lipa was the second winner of the night as she earned Favorite Song – Pop/Rock for Don’t Stop Now

Favorite Male Artist – Country

Kane Brown – WINNER

Luke Combs

Morgan Wallen

 

Favorite Female Artist – Country

Gabby Barrett

Miranda Lambert

Maren Morris

 

Favorite Duo Or Group – Country

Dan + Shay – WINNER

Florida Georgia Line

Old Dominion

 

Favorite Album – Country

Luke Combs – What You See Is What You Get

Blake Shelton – Fully Loaded: God’s Country – WINNER

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

DaBaby

Juice WRLD – WINNER

Roddy Ricch

 

Favorite Female Artist – Rap/Hip-Hop

Cardi B

Nicki Minaj – WINNER

Megan Thee Stallion

 

Favorite Album – Rap/Hip-Hop

Lil Baby – My Turn

Lil Uzi Vert – Eternal Atake

Roddy Ricch – Please Excuse Me For Being Antisocial – WINNER

 

Favorite Song – Rap/Hip-Hop

Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion – WAP – WINNER

DaBaby ft. Roddy Ricch – Rockstar

Roddy Ricch – The Box

Rocking it: Megan Thee Stallion was a big winner as she accepted the Favorite Song - Rap/Hip-Hop award for her controversial collaboration, WAP, with Cardi B

Rocking it: Megan Thee Stallion was a big winner as she accepted the Favorite Song - Rap/Hip-Hop award for her controversial collaboration, WAP, with Cardi B

Rocking it: Megan Thee Stallion was a big winner as she accepted the Favorite Song – Rap/Hip-Hop award for her controversial collaboration, WAP, with Cardi B

 

Favorite Male Artist – Soul/R&B

Chris Brown

John Legend

The Weeknd – WINNER

 

Favorite Female Artist – Soul/R&B

Jhene Aiko

Doja Cat – WINNER

Summer Walker

 

Favorite Album – Soul/R&B

Doja Cat – Hot Pink

Summer Walker – Over It

The Weeknd – After Hours – WINNER

Threesome: Though Taylor earned the top award of the night, it was The Weeknd who hit the podium the most with three wins during the broadcast

Threesome: Though Taylor earned the top award of the night, it was The Weeknd who hit the podium the most with three wins during the broadcast

Threesome: Though Taylor earned the top award of the night, it was The Weeknd who hit the podium the most with three wins during the broadcast

 

Favorite Song – Soul/R&B

Chris Brown ft. Drake – No Guidance

Summer Walker – Playing Games

The Weeknd – Heartless – WINNER

 

Favorite Male Artist – Latin

Bad Bunny – WINNER

J Balvin

Ozuna

Latino gang:Bad Bunny won Favorite Male Artist - Latin and Favorite Album - Latin for YHLQMDLG

Latino gang:Bad Bunny won Favorite Male Artist - Latin and Favorite Album - Latin for YHLQMDLG

Latino gang:Bad Bunny won Favorite Male Artist – Latin and Favorite Album – Latin for YHLQMDLG

 

Favorite Female Artist – Latin

Becky G – WINNER

KAROL G

Rosalía

Wonder in white: Becky G beat out Karol G and Rosalia to win Favorite Female Artist - Latin

Wonder in white: Becky G beat out Karol G and Rosalia to win Favorite Female Artist - Latin

Wonder in white: Becky G beat out Karol G and Rosalia to win Favorite Female Artist – Latin

 

Favorite Album – Latin

Anuel AA – Emmanuel

Bad Bunny – Las que no iban a salir

Bad Bunny – YHLQMDLG – WINNER

 

Favorite Song – Latin

Bad Bunny – Vete

Black Eyed Peas X J Balvin – RITMO (Bad Boys For Life)

KAROL G & Nicki Minaj – Tusa – WINNER

 

Favorite Artist – Alternative Rock

Billie Eilish

Tame Impala

twenty one pilots – WINNER

 

Favorite Artist – Adult Contemporary

Lewis Capaldi

Jonas Brothers – WINNER

Maroon 5

 

Favorite Artist – Contemporary Inspirational

Lauren Daigle – WINNER

for KING & COUNTRY

Kanye West

High praise: Devotional singer Lauren Daigle earned Favorite Artist - Contemporary Inspirational

High praise: Devotional singer Lauren Daigle earned Favorite Artist - Contemporary Inspirational

High praise: Devotional singer Lauren Daigle earned Favorite Artist – Contemporary Inspirational

 

Favorite Artist – Electronic Dance Music (EDM)

Kygo

Lady Gaga – WINNER

Marshmello

 

Favorite Soundtrack

Birds of Prey: The Album – WINNER

Frozen II

Trolls: World Tour

 

 

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