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American Music Awards 2020 WINNERS: Music’s biggest night kicks off in front of limited audience


The Weeknd kicked off the 2020 American Music Awards in fine form as he earned the first win of the night in the Soul/R&B Album category.

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.

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.

Ouch: The Weeknd kicked off the 2020 American Music Awards in fine form as he earned the first win of the night in the Soul/R&B Album category

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.

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.

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. 

‘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.’

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.

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.’ 

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. 

Planned performances from Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, The Weeknd and Billie Eilish are already generating buzz.

The Canadian crooner will be back at the AMAs for the first time in four-years, set to woo the crowd with a medley of songs, including “Holy” and “Lonely” with special guest Benny Blanco,  

Smile singer Perry will mark 10-years since her first appearance on the show.

Meanwhile, Blinding Lights artist The Weeknd’s track Save Your Tears will get its television debut with the help of saxophonist Kenny G.

Billie Eilish will also give her premiere performance of Therefore I Am. 

Other artists include Bebe Rexha & Doja Cat, Dan + Shay, Lewis Capaldi, Machine Gun Kelly, Bad Bunny & Jhay Cortez, BTS, Dua Lipa, Jennifer Lopez & Maluma, Lil Baby, Megan Thee Stallion, Nelly, Shawn Mendes and Bell Biv DeVoe.

In addition to his performance, The Weeknd will be competing in eight categories, tied with Roddy Ricch for the most nominations. 

Megan Thee Stallion was able to earn five while Bieber, Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, Doja Cat, Bad Bunny and DaBaby each received four nominations.

Swift already holds the record of most AMAs, with 29, so scoring any more would assure she keeps that top spot.

The 2020 AMAs will air live on ABC on Sunday, Nov. 22 at 8 p.m. ET/PT 

2020 American Music Awards Winners

Artist Of The Year 

Justin Bieber 

Post Malone 

Roddy Ricch 

Taylor Swift 

The Weeknd  

The Weeknd has eight nominations, leading the pack

New Artist Of The Year

Lewis Capaldi

Doja Cat


Lil Baby

Roddy Ricch

Megan Thee Stallion

Roddy Rich is tied with The Weeknd for the most nominations, also with eight

Collaboration Of The Year

Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion – WAP

DaBaby ft. Roddy Ricch – Rockstar

Dan + Shay with Justin Bieber – 10,000 Hours

Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande – Rain On Me

Megan Thee Stallion ft. Beyoncé – Savage Remix

Megan Thee Stallion was honored with five nods

Favorite Social Artist


Billie Eilish


Ariana Grande

NCT 127 

Taylor Swift has four nominations. She also holds the record for most AMAs ever

Favorite Music Video

Doja Cat – Say So

Future ft. Drake – Life Is Good

Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande – Rain On Me

Taylor Swift – cardigan

The Weeknd – Blinding Lights

Favorite Male Artist – Pop/Rock

Justin Bieber

Post Malone

The Weeknd

Lady Gaga earned four nominations

Favorite Female Artist – Pop/Rock

Dua Lipa

Lady Gaga

Taylor Swift

Favorite Duo Or Group – Pop/Rock


Jonas Brothers

Maroon 5

BTS received two nods. They’ll also be performing their hit Dynamite

Favorite Album – Pop/Rock

Harry Styles – Fine Line

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

 Post Malone is up for three awards

Favorite Male Artist – Country

Kane Brown

Luke Combs

Morgan Wallen

Favorite Female Artist – Country

Gabby Barrett

Miranda Lambert

Maren Morris

Favorite Duo Or Group – Country

Dan + Shay

Florida Georgia Line

Old Dominion

 Dan + Shay have three nominations and will also be  performing

Favorite Album – Country

Luke Combs – What You See Is What You Get

Blake Shelton – Fully Loaded: God’s Country

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


Juice WRLD

Roddy Ricch

DaBaby earned four nominations

Favorite Female Artist – Rap/Hip-Hop

Cardi B

Nicki Minaj

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

Favorite Song – Rap/Hip-Hop

Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion – WAP

DaBaby ft. Roddy Ricch – Rockstar

Roddy Ricch – The Box

The Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion collaboration WAP earned two nominations on its own

Favorite Male Artist – Soul/R&B

Chris Brown

John Legend

The Weeknd

Favorite Female Artist – Soul/R&B

Jhene Aiko

Doja Cat

Summer Walker

Favorite Album – Soul/R&B

Doja Cat – Hot Pink

Summer Walker – Over It

The Weeknd – After Hours

Doja Cat received four nominations. She’ll be performing with Bebe Rexha at the show

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

J Balvin


J Balvin has two award nominations

Favorite Female Artist – Latin

Becky G



Favorite Album – Latin

Anuel AA – Emmanuel

Bad Bunny – Las que no iban a salir

Bad Bunny – YHLQMDLG

Favorite Song – Latin

Bad Bunny – Vete

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

KAROL G & Nicki Minaj – Tusa

Billie Eilish is up for two awards. She will also give her premiere performance of Therefore I Am

Favorite Artist – Alternative Rock

Billie Eilish

Tame Impala

twenty one pilots

Favorite Artist – Adult Contemporary

Lewis Capaldi

Jonas Brothers

Maroon 5

Devotional singer Lauren Daigle is up for favorite Contemporary Inspirational artist

Favorite Artist – Contemporary Inspirational

Lauren Daigle


Kanye West

Favorite Artist – Electronic Dance Music (EDM)


Lady Gaga


Favorite Soundtrack

Birds of Prey: The Album

Frozen II

Trolls: World Tour

Jennifer Lopez, Dua Lipa, and Cara Delevingne bring the sparkle on the red carpet of the 2020 AMAs

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