2022 American Music Awards (AMAs) recap

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A stunning and bright night occurred recently at the annual event of the 2022 American Music Awards, which was hosted by Wayne Brady. The night marked the AMAs 50th year of existing as an award show. 

The AMAs is an award show which honors artists, their music and their accomplishments for that year. An artist winning an award at the AMAs is completely dependent on the fans since they’re the ones voting for that artist. 

The AMAs has had multiple well known events occur at the location such as Britney Spears and Justin Timberlakes matching denim couple outfit and Katy Perry’s (controversial) performance of her song “Unconditional.”

Plenty of popular household names got nominated for awards that night, but only the winners could take home the awards including the AMAs Artist of the Year Award. Here are the winners of the night:

Artist of the Year: 

Taylor Swift 

New Artist of the Year:

Dove Cameron  

Collaboration of the Year:

Elton John & Dua Lipa, “Cold Heart – PNAU Remix”

Favorite Touring Artist:


Favorite Music Video:

Taylor Swift, “All Too Well (Taylor’s Version)”

Favorite Male Pop Artist:

Harry Styles 

Favorite Female Pop Artist:

Taylor Swift 

Favorite Pop Duo or Group:


Favorite Pop Album:

Taylor Swift, Red (Taylor’s Version) 

Favorite Pop Song:

Harry Styles, “As It Was”

Favorite Male Country Artist:

Morgan Wallen

Favorite Female Country Artist:

Taylor Swift 

Favorite Country Duo or Group: 

Dan + Shay

Favorite Country Album:

Taylor Swift: Red (Taylor’s Version)

Favorite Country Song:

Morgan Wallen, “Wasted on You” 

Favorite Male Hip-Hop Artist:

Kendrick Lamar

Favorite Female Hip-Hop Artist:

Nicki Minaj 

Favorite Hip-Hop Album:

Kendrick Lamar, Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers

Favorite Hip-Hop Song:

Future ft. Drake & Tems, “Wait for U” 

Favorite Male R&B Artist:

Chris Brown 

Favorite Female R&B Artist:


Favorite R&B Album:

Beyoncé, Renaissance

Favorite R&B Song:

Beyoncé, “Break My Soul” 

Favorite Male Latin Artist:

Bad Bunny 

Favorite Female Latin Artist:


Favorite Latin Duo or Group:

Yahritza Y Su Esencia 

Favortie Latin Album: 

Bad Bunny, Un Verano Sin Ti

Favorite Latin Song:

Sebastián Yatra, “Dos Oruguitas” 

Favorite Rock Artist:

Machine Gun Kelly

Favorite Rock Song (new):

Måneskin, “Beggin'”

Favorite Rock Album (new):

Ghost, Impera

Favorite Inspirational Artist:

For King & Country

Favorite Gospel Artist:

Tamela Mann 

Favorite Dance/Electronic Artist:


Favorite Soundtrack:


Favorite Afrobeats Artist (new):


Favorite K-pop Artist (new):


Icon Award: 

Lionel Richie 

One highlight was Taylor Swift, a 46 time Grammy Award Nominee and 11 time Grammy Award Winner, being nominated for an award in six categories and winning the award in all of those categories  This includes the Artist of the Year Award. Her winnings of the night marked her gaining in total 40 AMAs in her music career, cementing her position as the artist with the most AMAs in the AMAs history.

Another occurrence at the AMAs was when Kelly Rowland announced that Chris Brown won his award for “Favorite Male R&B Artist.” There was an immediate backlash from the audience.  They started to boo Chris Brown, most likely because of the situation that occurred with him and Rihana back in 2009.

Lionel Richie was given a significant award that night on stage, too. He earned the “Icon Award” at age 73 which is only gifted to an artist after they’ve had a long lasting legacy in music. Additionally, Lionel Richie also performed on stage with other artists (Stevie Wonder, Ari Lennox, Smokey Robinson, Jimmie Allen and Muni Long) to sing the song “We Are The World,” a song by Lionel Richie himself. 

That’s the full recap of the 2022 American Music Awards!