Dick Clark created the American Music Awards as the fans answer to the industry voted Grammy Awards.  The fans choose their favourites in a variety of categories.

Film star Taraji P. Henson hosts the gala event from Los Angeles.  There was a live audience in the auditorium wearing masks and socially distanced.

The night of music and awards begins with a world premiere performance by Sean Mendes and Justin Bieber.

Host Taraji P. Henson is joined by a group of dancers on stage for a performance that includes music by Prince.  Henson noted that as the year comes to an end, we need to come together and love each other.

Ciara presented the first award of the night for Favourite Soul or R&B Album to The Weeknd for his album “After Hours”.  He noted that the last time he won the award, Prince presented it to him.  The Weeknd dedicated his award to Prince.

New mom Katy Perry is joined by Darius Rucker for a performance of her song “Only Love”. 

The award for Favourite Pop or Rock Song went to Dua Lipa for her song “Don’t Stop Now”.  Lipa accepted her award from London.

The Weeknd is joined by saxophone player Kenny G is a live performance on the streets of Los Angeles.

Megan Thee Stallion gives a world premiere performance of her song “Body”.

“Dancing with the Stars” judge Derek Hough presented the award for Favourite Country Song to Dan + Shay with Justin Bieber for “10,000 Hours”.

Lewis Capaldi performed his hit “Before You Go”.

Billie Eilish gives a television debut of her song “Therefore I Am”.

The award for Favourite Female Soul or R&B Artist went to Doja Cat.

Nelly takes a break from dance rehearsals for the “DWTS” finale to celebrate 20 years of his album “Country Grammar”.  The album has been certified with the Diamond Award for selling 10 million copies in the United States.

Latin artist Bad Bunny presents the award for Favourite Female Latin Artist to Becky G.  This is the first year for this award.  She dedicated the award to all the immigrant workers.

Jennifer Lopez is joined by Maluma give a world premiere performance of music from JLo’s upcoming album “Marry Me”. 

Laverne Cox presented the award Favourite Rap or Hip-Hop Song to Cardi B with Megan thee Stallion for their hit “WAP”.  Megan accepted the award.

Dua Lipa gives a television premiere from London of her hit “Levitating”.

Music pioneers Bell Biv Devoe give a performance.

AMA winner Becky G presented the award for Favourite Soul or R&B Song to The Weeknd for his song “Heartless”.

AMA winners and Country music artists Dan + Shay give a performance of “I Should Probably Go to Bed”.

Paris Hilton presents the award for New Artist of the Year to Doja Cat.

24K Golden and Iann Dior perform their chart topping song “Mood”.

Shawn Mendes returns to the AMA stage for a performance.

The award for Favourite Pop Rock Duo or Group went to BTS.  The band accepted the award from their homeland of South Korea.

Lil Baby gives a world premiere performance of “Emotionally Scarred”.

The award for Favourite Latin Album went to Bad Bunny for “YHLQMDLG”

The award for Favourite Male Soul or R&B Artist went to The Weeknd.

Bebe Rexha and Doja Cat pair up for a performance.

Machine Gun Kelly is joined by drummer Travis Barker for a performance.

The Award for Favourite Collaboration of the Year went to Dan + Shay with Justin Bieber for “10,000 Hours”.

The award for Artist of the Year went to Taylor Swift.  She beat out Roddy Ricch, Justin Bieber, The Weeknd, and Post Malone for the award. 

Closing out the night of music, BTS gives a performance from South Korea.

Awards not presented during the live television broadcast:
Favourite Social Artist: BTS
Favourite Music Video: Taylor Swift for “cardigan”
Favourite Male Pop Rock Artist: Justin Bieber
Favourite Female Pop Rock Artist: Taylor Swift
Favourite Pop Rock Album: “Fine Line” by Harry Styles
Favourite Male Country Artist: Kane Brown
Favourite Female Country Artist: Maren Morris
Favourite Country Duo or Group: Dan + Shay
Favourite Country Album: “Fully Loaded: God’s Country” by Blake Shelton
Favourite Male Rap or Hip-Hop Artist: Juice WRLD
Favourite Female Rap or Hip-Hop Artist: Nicki Minaj
Favourite Rap or Hip-Hop Album: “Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial”  by Roddy Ricch
Favourite Male Latin Artist: Bad Bunny
Favourite Latin Song: “Tusa” by Karol G and Nicki Minaj
Favourite Alternative Rock Artist: twenty one pilots
Favourite Adult Contemporary Artist: the Jonas Brothers
Favourite Contemporary Inspirational Artist: Lauren Daigle
Favourite Electronic Dance Music (EDM) Artist: Lady Gaga
Favourite Soundtrack: “Birds of Prey: The Album:”