BTS wins Artist of the Year at 2021 American Music Awards

Published November 22, 2021, 11:32 AM

by Jonathan Hicap

Grammy-nominated K-pop superstars BTS won Artist of the Year, the highest honor, and two more awards at the 2021 American Music Awards (AMAs) held on Nov. 21 at 8 p.m. EST/PST (Nov. 22 in the Philippines) at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

Besides bagging the Artist of the Year, BTS also won Favorite Pop Duo or Group and Favorite Pop Song for “Butter” at the 2021 AMAs.

BTS won Artist of the Year, Favorite Pop Duo or Group and Favorite Pop Song for “Butter” at the 2021 American Music Awards (Photos: AMAs)

For Artist of the Year, BTS won over Ariana Grande, Drake, Olivia Rodrigo, Taylor Swift and The Weeknd. This is their first time to win the award.

For the Favorite Pop Duo or Group award, BTS edged out AJR, Glass Animals, Maroon 5 and Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak). This is the third time for BTS to bag the award, winning their first in 2018 and the second last year.

It is the first time for BTS to win Favorite Pop Song. Other nominees in the category were Doja Cat ft. SZA’a “Kiss Me More,” Dua Lipa’s “Levitating,” Olivia Rodrigo’s “drivers license” and The Weeknd & Ariana Grande’s “Save Your Tears (Remix).”

This is the fourth straight year that BTS won at the AMAs. In 2018, they won Favorite Social Artist and Favorite Duo or Group-Pop/Rock.

In 2019, they bagged Favorite Social Artist and Tour of the Year, and in 2020, they grabbed Favorite Social Artist and Favorite Duo or Group-Pop/Rock.

In total, they have won nine awards at the AMAs since 2018.

“Nominees are based on key fan interactions – as reflected on the Billboard charts – including streaming, album sales, song sales and radio airplay. These measurements are tracked by Billboard and its data partner MRC Data, and cover the time period September 25, 2020, through September 23, 2021. The American Music Awards winners are voted entirely by fans,” according to MRC.

Here are the winners at the 2021 American Music Awards:

ARTIST OF THE YEAR

BTS – WINNER

Ariana Grande

Drake

Olivia Rodrigo

Taylor Swift

The Weeknd

NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Olivia Rodrigo – WINNER

24kGoldn

Giveon

Masked Wolf

The Kid LAROI

COLLABORATION OF THE YEAR

Doja Cat ft. SZA “Kiss Me More” – WINNER

24kGoldn ft. iann dior “Mood”

Bad Bunny & Jhay Cortez “DÁKITI”

Chris Brown & Young Thug “Go Crazy”

Justin Bieber ft. Daniel Caesar & Giveon “Peaches”

FAVORITE TRENDING SONG

Megan Thee Stallion “Body” – WINNER

Erica Banks “Buss It”

Måneskin “Beggin’”

Olivia Rodrigo “drivers license”

Popp Hunna “Adderall (Corvette Corvette)”

FAVORITE MUSIC VIDEO

Lil Nas X “MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)” – WINNER

Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak) “Leave The Door Open”

Cardi B “Up”

Olivia Rodrigo “drivers license”

The Weeknd “Save Your Tears”

FAVORITE MALE POP ARTIST

Ed Sheeran – WINNER

Drake

Justin Bieber

Lil Nas X

The Weeknd

FAVORITE FEMALE POP ARTIST

Taylor Swift – WINNER

Ariana Grande

Doja Cat

Dua Lipa

Olivia Rodrigo

FAVORITE POP DUO OR GROUP

BTS – WINNER

AJR

Glass Animals

Maroon 5

Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak)

FAVORITE POP ALBUM

Taylor Swift “evermore” – WINNER

Ariana Grande “Positions”

Dua Lipa “Future Nostalgia”

Olivia Rodrigo “SOUR”

The Kid LAROI “F*CK LOVE”

FAVORITE POP SONG

BTS “Butter” – WINNER

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 ARTIST

Luke Bryan – WINNER

Chris Stapleton

Jason Aldean

Luke Combs

*Morgan Wallen

FAVORITE FEMALE COUNTRY ARTIST

Carrie Underwood – WINNER

Gabby Barrett

Kacey Musgraves

Maren Morris

Miranda Lambert

FAVORITE COUNTRY DUO OR GROUP

Dan + Shay – WINNER

Florida Georgia Line

Lady A

Old Dominion

Zac Brown Band

FAVORITE COUNTRY ALBUM

Gabby Barrett “Goldmine” – WINNER

Chris Stapleton “Starting Over”

Lee Brice “Hey World”

Luke Bryan “Born Here Live Here Die Here”

*Morgan Wallen “Dangerous: The Double Album”

FAVORITE COUNTRY SONG

Gabby Barrett “The Good Ones” – WINNER

Chris Stapleton “Starting Over”

Chris Young & Kane Brown “Famous Friends”

Luke Combs “Forever After All”

Walker Hayes “Fancy Like”

FAVORITE MALE HIP-HOP ARTIST

Drake – WINNER

Lil Baby

Moneybagg Yo

Polo G

Pop Smoke

FAVORITE FEMALE HIP-HOP ARTIST

Megan Thee Stallion – WINNER

Cardi B

Coi Leray

Erica Banks

Saweetie

FAVORITE HIP-HOP ALBUM

Megan Thee Stallion “Good News” – WINNER

Drake “Certified Lover Boy”

Juice WRLD “Legends Never Die”

Pop Smoke “Shoot For The Stars Aim For The Moon”

Rod Wave “SoulFly”

FAVORITE HIP-HOP SONG

Cardi B “Up” – WINNER

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

The Weeknd – WINNER

Chris Brown

Giveon

Tank

Usher

FAVORITE FEMALE R&B ARTIST

Doja Cat – WINNER

H.E.R.

Jazmine Sullivan

Jhené Aiko

SZA

FAVORITE R&B ALBUM

Doja Cat “Planet Her” – WINNER

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

Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak) “Leave The Door Open” – WINNER

Chris Brown & Young Thug “Go Crazy”

Giveon “Heartbreak Anniversary”

H.E.R. “Damage”

Jazmine Sullivan “Pick Up Your Feelings”

FAVORITE MALE LATIN ARTIST

Bad Bunny – WINNER

J Balvin

Maluma

Ozuna

Rauw Alejandro

FAVORITE FEMALE LATIN ARTIST

Becky G

Kali Uchis

KAROL G

Natti Natasha

ROSALÍA

FAVORITE LATIN DUO OR GROUP

Banda MS de Sergio Lizárraga – WINNER

Calibre 50

Eslabon Armado

La Arrolladora Banda El Limón De Rene Camacho

Los Dos Carnales

FAVORITE LATIN ALBUM

Bad Bunny “EL ÚLTIMO TOUR DEL MUNDO” – WINNER

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”

Kali Uchis “telepatía”

Maluma & The Weeknd “Hawái (Remix)”

FAVORITE ROCK ARTIST

Machine Gun Kelly – WINNER

AJR

All Time Low

Foo Fighters

Glass Animals

FAVORITE INSPIRATIONAL ARTIST

Carrie Underwood – WINNER

CAIN

Elevation Worship

Lauren Daigle

Zach Williams

FAVORITE GOSPEL ARTIST

Kanye West – WINNER

Kirk Franklin

Koryn Hawthorne

Maverick City Music

Tasha Cobbs Leonard

FAVORITE DANCE/ELECTRONIC ARTIST

Marshmello – WINNER

David Guetta

ILLENIUM

Regard

Tiësto

 
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