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BTS made history with this big win at the American Music Awards

Christi Carras, Los Angeles Times on

Published in Entertainment News

The 2021 American Music Awards went smooth like butter for the superstars of BTS, who landed three prizes and delivered not one, but two show-stopping performances.

The South Korean boy band made AMAs history Sunday as the first Asian group to win the top award of the night: artist of the year. The "Butter" hit-makers also took home the honors for pop group and pop song for a total of nine AMAs.

Other big winners included Doja Cat and Megan Thee Stallion, who each scored three awards. Doja Cat received the honors for collaboration, female R&B artist and R&B album, while Megan Thee Stallion collected prizes for trending song, female hip-hop artist and hip-hop album.

Heading into the evening with the most nominations was Olivia Rodrigo, who scored the award for best new artist.

Here's a sampling of standout moments from the ceremony, hosted by rapper Cardi B from Los Angeles' Microsoft Theater and televised by ABC.

Cardi B is the hostess with the mostest

 

The rap sensation slayed her awards-show hosting debut Sunday, bringing her trademark candor and enthusiasm — as well as several flamboyant fashion moments — to the AMAs stage.

"I ain't gonna lie, I'm a little nervous. I'm shaking," she said at the top of the show. "Woo! My underarms itch. Woo! I'm sweating. I'm gonna tell y'all right now at home, I might get things messed up, and I might stutter. But whatever, whatever, whatever. I'm giving looks."

Cardi B's "Up" won the prize for hip-hop song.

Silk Sonic opens the show with finesse

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