2022 American Music Awards — The Winners

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The 50th annual American Music Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles was a night of comic relief, special tributes and honors, and a celebration of the best artists across multiple genres.

Hosted by comedian and actor Wayne Brady, the awards ceremony featured appearances by P!nk, who performed her new single “Never Gonna Not Dance Again” and gave a tribute to Olivia Newton-John, singing her iconic Grease hit “Hopelessly Devoted to You.” Other performers included Carrie Underwood, Imagine Dragons, Glorilla, Bebe Rexha, Dove Cameron, and Yola, among others.

Bad Bunny led the 2022 AMA nominations with eight nods, including Artist of the Year, which put him up against Taylor Swift and Beyoncé, who were both up for six awards, and Adele and Harry Styles, who received five nominations each.

Taylor Swift wins big at the 2022 American Music Awards (Photo: ABC)

Of his eight nods, Bad Bunny picked up two awards for Favorite Male Latin Artist and Favorite Latin Album for Un Verano Sin Ti, while Swift won all six awards she was contending for at the AMAs, including the coveted Artist of the Year, bringing her total American Music Award wins to 40.

“I have the fans to thank essentially for my happiness,” said Swift during one of her acceptance speeches. “I cannot express how unbelievable it is to me that I still do this and that you still care.”

Later in the evening, Lionel Richie was honored with the 2022 AMA Icon Award. Richie, who was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on Nov. 5, is the “only artist in history to be featured on the AMAs stage in every decade since the show’s inception,” according to Dick Clark Productions.

Lionel Richie honored with AMA Icon Award, medley tribute and all-star rendition of “We Are the World” (Photo: ABC)

To honor the 17-time AMA winner, Stevie Wonder and Charlie Puth sat at their pianos and performed through a medley of Richie’s greatest hits before closing on a star-studded version of his 1985 hit “We Are The World,” featuring Melissa Etheridge, Yola and more singing along.

Below is the full list of 2022 AMA winners.

Icon Award
Lionel Richie

Artist of the Year
Adele
Bad Bunny
Beyoncé
Drake
Harry Styles
Taylor Swift *WINNER
The Weeknd

New Artist of the Year
Dove Cameron *WINNER
Gayle
Steve Lacy
Latto
Måneskin

Collaboration of the Year
Future featuring Drake and Tems – “Wait For U”
Carolina Gaitán, Mauro Castillo, Adassa, Rhenzy Feliz, Diane Guerrero,
Stephanie Beatriz, and the Encanto Cast – “We Don’t Talk About Bruno”
Elton John and Dua Lipa – “Cold Heart (Pnau remix)” *WINNER
The Kid Laroi and Justin Bieber – “Stay”
Lil Nas X featuring Jack Harlow – “Industry Baby”

Favorite Touring Artist
Bad Bunny
Coldplay *WINNER
Elton John
The Rolling Stones
Ed Sheeran

Favorite Music Video
Adele – “Easy on Me”
Bad Bunny featuring Chencho Corleone – “Me Porto Bonito”
Lil Nas X featuring Jack Harlow – “Industry Baby”
Harry Styles – “As It Was”
Taylor Swift – All Too Well: The Short Film *WINNER

Favorite Male Pop Artist
Bad Bunny
Drake
Ed Sheeran
Harry Styles *WINNER
The Weeknd

Favorite Female Pop Artist
Adele
Beyoncé
Doja Cat
Lizzo
Taylor Swift *WINNER

Favorite Pop Duo or Group
BTS *WINNER
Coldplay
Imagine Dragons
Måneskin
OneRepublic

Favorite Pop Album
Adele – 30
Bad Bunny – Un Verano Sin Ti
Beyoncé – Renaissance
Harry Styles – Harry’s House
Taylor Swift – Red (Taylor’s Version) *WINNER
The Weeknd – Dawn FM

Favorite Pop Song
Adele – “Easy on Me”
Carolina Gaitán, Mauro Castillo, Adassa, Rhenzy Feliz, Diane Guerrero,
Stephanie Beatriz and the Encanto Cast – “We Don’t Talk About Bruno”
The Kid Laroi and Justin Bieber – “Stay”
Lizzo – “About Damn Time”
Harry Styles – “As It Was” *WINNER

Favorite Male Country Artist
Luke Combs
Walker Hayes
Cody Johnson
Chris Stapleton
Morgan Wallen *WINNER

Favorite Female Country Artist
Miranda Lambert
Maren Morris
Taylor Swift *WINNER
Carrie Underwood
Lainey Wilson

Favorite Country Duo or Group
Dan + Shay *WINNER
Lady A
Old Dominion
Parmalee
Zac Brown Band

Favorite Country Album
Luke Combs – Growin’ Up
Walker Hayes – Country Stuff: The Album
Cody Johnson – Human: The Double Album
Taylor Swift – Red (Taylor’s Version) *WINNER
Carrie Underwood – Denim & Rhinestones

Favorite Country Song
Jordan Davis featuring Luke Bryan – “Buy Dirt”
Cody Johnson – “‘Til You Can’t”
Dustin Lynch featuring MacKenzie Porter – “Thinking ‘Bout You”
Chris Stapleton – “You Should Probably Leave”
Morgan Wallen – “Wasted on You” *WINNER

Favorite Male Hip-Hop Artist
Drake
Future
Kendrick Lamar *WINNER
Lil Baby
Lil Durk

Favorite Female Hip-Hop Artist
Cardi B
GloRilla
Latto
Megan Thee Stallion
Nicki Minaj *WINNER

Favorite Hip-Hop Album
Future – I Never Liked You
Gunna – DS4Ever
Kendrick Lamar – Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers *WINNER
Lil Durk – 7220
Polo G – Hall of Fame 2.0

Favorite Hip-Hop Song
Future featuring Drake and Tems – “Wait For U” *WINNER
Jack Harlow – “First Class”
Kodak Black – “Super Gremlin”
Latto – “Big Energy”
Lil Nas X featuring Jack Harlow – “Industry Baby”

Favorite Male R&B Artist
Chris Brown *WINNER
Brent Faiyaz
Givēon
Lucky Daye
The Weeknd

Favorite Female R&B Artist
Beyoncé *WINNER
Doja Cat
Muni Long
SZA
Summer Walker

Favorite R&B Album
Beyoncé – Renaissance *WINNER
Drake – Honestly, Nevermind
Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars & Anderson .Paak) – An Evening with Silk Sonic
Summer Walker – Still Over It
The Weeknd – Dawn FM

Favorite R&B Song
Beyoncé – “Break My Soul” *WINNER
Muni Long – “Hrs And Hrs”
Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars & Anderson .Paak) – “Smokin out the Window”
SZA – “I Hate U”
Wizkid featuring Tems – “Essence”

Favorite Male Latin Artist
Bad Bunny *WINNER
Farruko
J Balvin
Jhayco
Rauw Alejandro

Favorite Female Latin Artist
Anitta *WINNER
Becky G
Kali Uchis
Karol G
Rosalía

Favorite Latin Duo or Group
Banda MS de Sergio Lizárraga
Calibre 50
Eslabon Armado
Grupo Firme
Yahritza Y Su Esencia *WINNER

Favorite Latin Album
Bad Bunny – Un Verano Sin Ti *WINNER
Farruko – La 167
J Balvin – Jose
Rauw Alejandro – Vice Versa
Rosalía – Motomami

Favorite Latin Song
Bad Bunny featuring Chencho Corleone – “Me Porto Bonito”
Becky G x Karol G – “Mamiii”
Karol G – “Provenza”
Rauw Alejandro – “Todo de Ti”
Sebastián Yatra – “Dos Oruguitas” *WINNER

Favorite Rock Artist
Imagine Dragons
The Lumineers
Machine Gun Kelly *WINNER
Måneskin
Red Hot Chili Peppers

Favorite Rock Song
Kate Bush – “Running Up That Hill (A Deal with God)”
Foo Fighters – “Love Dies Young”
Imagine Dragons x JID – “Enemy”
Måneskin – “Beggin’” *WINNER
Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Black Summer”

Favorite Rock Album
Coldplay – Music of the Spheres
Ghost – Impera *WINNER
Imagine Dragons – Mercury – Act 1
Machine Gun Kelly – Mainstream Sellout
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Unlimited Love

Favorite Inspirațional Artist
For King & Country *WINNER
Katy Nichole
Matthew West
Phil Wickham
Anne Wilson

Favorite Gospel Artist
DOE
Maverick City Music
Tamela Mann *WINNER
E. Dewey Smith
CeCe Winans

Favorite Dance/Electronic Artist
The Chainsmokers
Diplo
Marshmello *WINNER
Swedish House Mafia
Tiësto

Favorite Soundtrack
Elvis *WINNER
Encanto
Sing 2
Stranger Things: Soundtrack from the Netflix Series, Season 4
Top Gun: Maverick

Favorite Afrobeats Artist
Burna Boy
CKay
Fireboy DML
Tems
Wizkid *WINNER

Favorite K-Pop Artist
Blackpink
BTS *WINNER
Seventeen
Tomorrow X Together
Twice

Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images for dcp

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