The American Music Awards returned in live capacity on Sunday (Nov.21) and didn’t miss a beat.
No longer in a virtual capacity, the American Music Awards marked its triumphant return Sunday night and had the perfect host in Cardi B to mark the occasion. The Bronx native made her hosting debut and didn’t disappoint, bringing her infectious energy and showcasing her impeccable style with numerous wardrobe changes.
Cardi B looks of the night — A THREAD: pic.twitter.com/9TQutn5JQb
— BuzzFeed (@BuzzFeed) November 22, 2021
— GIPHY Pop (@GiphyPop) November 22, 2021
As far as the winners are concerned, it was a good night for some of our favorites, like Megan Thee Stallion, who took home three AMAs for Best Trending Song for her smash hit “Body,” Best Female Hip-Hop Artist, and Favorite Hip-Hop Album for debut Good News. Megan Thee Stallion was supposed to be in attendance to perform with BTS but announced due to an “unexpected personal matter,” she could no longer attend.
Hotties I was so excited to go to the @AMAs and perform with @BTS_official, but due to an unexpected personal matter, I can no longer attend I’m so sad! I really can’t wait to hit the stage with my guys and perform #BTS_Butter real soon!
— TINA SNOW (@theestallion) November 20, 2021
Cardi B also added one more trophy to her growing collection, winning in the Favorite Hip-Hop Song category for her single “Up.” Other winners this site particularly cared for were Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak), winning Favorite R&B Song for “Leave The Door Open,” Drake winning Favorite Male Hip-Hop Artist, and Kanye West strangely winning Favorite Gospel Artist. Doja Cat’s dominance continued. She closed out her year, taking home AMAs for Best Collaboration for her song “Kiss Me More,” featuring SZA and Favorite Female R&B Artist, another head-scratcher, but congratulations. The Weekend took home the Favorite Male R&B Artist award, and Lil Nas X’s snowflake triggering video “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” won the Favorite Music Video Category.
We also got some great performances as well.
Silk Sonic hit the stage fresh off the release of their insanely-anticipated album An Evening With Silk Sonic. Mini-Beyoncé in the making, Chloë gave us an energetic “Have Mercy” performance that would make her mentor proud. Tyler the Creator was Tyler and didn’t disappoint. Giveon used his soulful voice to slow things down a bit with “Heartbreak Anniversary.”
The highlight of the night went to NKOTB and New Edition who’s “Battle of Boston” joint performance that served as a kickoff from their upcoming joint tour felt more like a nostalgic celebration than a “verzuz” moment.
The AMAs were definitely on point this year. For more performances and some reactions, hit the gallery below.
Photos: Kevin Winter / Getty
1. Giveon- “Heartbreak Anniversary”
2. Jennifer Lopez | On My Way LIVE from Marry Me Movie | American Music Awards 2021
3. Bruno Mars & Anderson .Paak as Silk Sonic – Smokin Out The Window (LIVE American Music Awards 2021)
4. Tyler the creator preforms “MASSA” at 2021 American music awards
— Holly Robinson Peete (@hollyrpeete) November 22, 2021
— alexia ୭̥⋆*｡ | nat day! (@bustismedia) November 22, 2021
They still got it.
— bri (@DearBelcalis) November 22, 2021
Cardi B looked amazing and did a fantastic job.
— Female Rap Room (@FemaleRapRoom) November 22, 2021
Gotta love Cardi B.
cardi b just booked a christmastime appearance from jojo siwa for kulture while hosting an awards show
that’s a MOM truly seizing the moment and making shit happen
— AP style (@adelleplaton) November 22, 2021
Someone frame this picture of all six members of New Edition. Legends. pic.twitter.com/i6v4Swg81e
— 𝚋𝚛𝚘𝚘𝚔𝚕𝚢𝚗’𝚜 𝚊𝚖𝚋𝚊𝚜𝚜𝚊𝚍𝚘𝚛. (@travisfromdabk_) November 22, 2021
— ESSENCE (@Essence) November 22, 2021
I know New Edition went through their highs and lows (individually and as a group), but I’m really grateful that all the members are still here to see how much they’re truly appreciated and respected for what they brought to music. Especially these last few years. #AMAs pic.twitter.com/kaD5kFvGIH
— The Undefeated (@TheUndefeated) November 22, 2021