Highlights from AMAs 2021 – Billboard
On Sunday, November 21, the 2021 American Music Awards showcased the best and brightest artists in music. Cardi B kept the crowd entertained as the host with her brand of unfiltered jokes between a series of spectacular performances from BTS, Bad Bunny, Tyler, the Creator and more.
Below, find the best moments of the night:
Cardi B and JoJo Siwa make plans for Christmas
Cardi called Siwa at her hosting concert for not hosting her daughter Kulture Kiari’s birthday party due to the teenager’s busy schedule.
“I see you, JoJo Siwa. Let me tell you something: my husband was trying to get JoJo Siwa for my daughter’s birthday party but she is reserved and busy. So JoJo Siwa, can you please come see my daughter on Christmas? Cardi asked, to which JoJo gave a thumbs up. “I know you are very expensive – let me tell you something, these rappers didn’t nothing on JoJo Siwa.
Siwa then responded to Cardi’s comment by announcing the award for favorite pop group or duo – which went to BTS – saying, “Cardi, I’ll see what I can do for Christmas. … I can’t wait to meet Kulture. She is raised by a superstar.
Machine Gun Kelly Brings Daughter Casie To AMAs
MGK has been on most of his recent red carpet events with his girlfriend Megan Fox, but this time he chose to bring his 12-year-old daughter, Casie Baker, to an awards show. The father-daughter duo posed on the red carpet together, occasionally holding hands, and were later spotted sitting together in the audience before winning the Favorite Rock Artist Award.
Taylor Swift evermore Acceptance speech
Swift is working hard to promote the recent release of Red (Taylor version), but she made sure to send a message to her fans while remotely accepting the award for favorite pop album from AMAs. “It is such an incredible honor that you are doing this to always. I’ve always been so proud of this album, “the singer said in a pre-recorded message.” I’ve always watched always like folkloree is an adventurous and fun younger sister. Also to the fans, thank you for the incredible support with which you have given me Red, my version.
Tyler, the creator brings a blizzard to AMAs
Tyler, the creator went abstract with his performance of “Massa,” taking the AMA stage in a fleece-lined hat, puffer jacket and shorts and turning the Xfinity stage into a snow-filled winter wonderland. by running the Call me if you get lost track in front of a ski lodge, later ending the intriguing exhibit by flying off the stage in the back of a moped.
Bad Bunny becomes futuristic
The Puerto Rican rapper drew on science fiction for his performance of “Lo Siento BB: /” alongside Tainy and Julieta Venegas, who appeared during the performance with his face projected onto the robotic body of a pianist. Bunny sang the lyrics to the song in a capsule suspended above the Microsoft Theater crowd wearing a Cyclops mask as futuristic images and tech body scans streamed onto LED screens behind him.
BTS wins favorite duo or pop group
After taking the AMA stage to perform “My Universe” with Coldplay, the K-pop superstars accepted the award for favorite duo or pop group – much to the delight of the fans in attendance, who chanted. “BTS! BTS!” before they are announced as the prize winners. RM had the pleasure of delivering the group’s speech, telling the audience, “It took four years to be on this stage, to get this trophy. We’re actually a small group of boys from Korea, just united by the love of music. All we want to do is spread the love and the good vibes. Without ARMY, we couldn’t have done anything.
NKOTB and the “Battle of Boston” from the new edition
Boston Pride was the name of the game at AMAs as New Kids on the Block and New Edition took to the awards stage in a return performance of their greatest hits. NKOTB opened with “You Got It (Right Stuff)” and then performed “Step By Step”, “Please Don’t Go Girl” and “Hangin ‘Tough”. When it was their turn to take the mic, New Edition dazzled audiences with “Mr. Telephone Man,” “Is This the End,” “Can You Endure the Rain” and “If Not love ”, which makes for a truly unforgettable AMA moment.
BTS closes the night with “Butter”
After winning the coveted Artist of the Year award, BTS took to the stage for the second time with an energetic performance of their Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 track “Butter.” The Bangtan boys wore stylish, all-yellow outfits to sing their hit – minus Megan Thee Stallion, who dropped out of the show due to an unexpected personal issue – and got the audience on their feet, wrapping up an evening filled with performances from the the biggest stars of the music industry.
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