From Taylor Swift beating her own record to Dove Cameron’s message of solidarity to the LGBTQIA+ community: here are the top moments from the ceremony.
The 50th Annual American Music Awards 2022 unravelled on Sunday night in LA at the city’s Microsoft Theatre. And, with wins for everyone from Taylor Swift to Beyoncé, Harry Styles and BTS, plus messages of hope from Dove Cameron and a double performance from P!NK – the event proved itself again as one of the essential dates in the global music industry’s calendar.
Head below for our full round-up of just what went down on the night…
Anitta became the first Brazillian artist ever to win an American music award
History-making comes easy to our gal Anitta, as she proved by picking up the gong for Favorite Latin Female Artist at the ceremony, becoming the first Brazilian artist ever to win an AMA. The night wasn’t over there, however, as she took to the stage with another musical game-changer, in the form of rap icon Missy Elliot, who joined her for a performance of their August collaboration “Lobby”. Ticking off a few bucket list moments in one night, she really kills it everytime!
Taylor Swift broke her own record
Bettering ourselves is healthier than competing, right? Well, in the case of Miss Taylor, she managed to achieve both feats, not only beating her own record for the most AMA wins in the award show’s history, but she also made it that bit harder for any other artist to dare to dream of matching her. Picking up six awards, she saw her total AMAs tally rise from 34 to 40. All amazing, however, logistically, where are we storing these all, T?
Dove Cameron spoke directly to her LGBTQIA+ fans following the Club Q shooting
“I want to remind everyone how important queer visibility is and how important our community is,” Dove said when she accepted the award for New Artist Of The Year. The comments from the openly queer artist came after a mass shooting at Colorado LGBTQIA+ venue Club Q on Saturday night. “And I want to direct your attention to organisations like GLAAD and the Trevor Project,” she continued. She beat the likes of Wonderland Autumn/Fall 2022 star GAYLE, Latto, Måneskin and Steve Lacy to take home the award.
P!NK performed “Hopelessly Devoted To You” in tribute to Oliva Newton-John
If there was anyone you would entrust to give a suitable tribute to a late musical icon, P!NK would be up there. Steadfast vocals and consummate performance chops came courtesy of the pop mainstay when she performed Newton-John’s 1978 Grease soundtrack number “Hopelessly Devoted To You”, which has incidentally also attracted new-found 2020s fame after going viral on TikTok. However, fans were treated to a double turn from the star who also opened the ceremony, rollerblading onto the stage in an effervescent rendition of latest single “Never Gonna Not Dance Again”. She also posed on the red carpet with her full family in tow and managed to pick up some popcorn to enjoy during the show. What’s not to love?
Harry Styles, Dua Lipa and Beyoncé picked up awards in absentia
Pop icons of this calibre have busy calendars and for Harry Styles, Dua Lipa and Queen Bey herself, picking up their awards for Favorite Male Pop Artist for Styles, Favorite Collaboration for Lipa, and Favorite R&B Album, Favorite Female R&B Artist and Favorite R&B song for Bey, sadly couldn’t be fitted into their schedules. But, here’s hoping these three will roll in next year, as there’s no red carpet that isn’t missing the type of looks we’ve come to expect from the trio!
BTS made history
Whilst the ultimate K-Pop group, BTS, might be embarking on their hiatus, milestone achievements aren’t yet in short supply. Picking up the first-ever prize for Favorite K-Pop Artist, as well as Favorite Pop Duo or Group for the fourth consecutive time, the South Korean septet bid a celebratory farewell for now to the AMAs.
Sabrina Carpenter served looks and wholesome content with Taylor Swift
Sabrina Carpenter turned out in a glistening Oscar de la Renta two-piece for the ceremony, where she presented Swift with the award for Favorite Music Video. Appearing to poke fun at the height difference between the pair, Swift gave Carpenter a delicate tap on the head mid-embrace on stage. The pair also sat together alongside GAYLE in the show, so we’ve got one thing and one thing only on our mind, when is this supergroup-in-the-making dropping the collab?