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