Taylor Swifts breaks own AMA record

Non-televised award winners announced for 2021 edition

Ahead of tonight’s (Nov 20th) 2021 American Music Awards (AMAs), the world’s largest fan-voted awards show, MRC Live & Alternative and ABC has announced the night’s first group of winners during a special TikTok livestream hosted by Billboard’s Tetris Kelly and The Hollywood Reporter’s Tiffany Taylor, featuring award-winning singer-songwriter JoJo as co-host.

Taylor Swift nabbed one win during the pre-show and is still eligible for tonight’s top honor, Artist of the Year. Swift, who is up against fellow global superstars Ariana Grande, BTS, Drake, Olivia Rodrigo and The Weeknd, broke her own record ahead of tonight’s show by winning a seventh time for Favorite Female Pop Artist and adding a win to top her previous record for most AMA wins of all time, now with 33. Gabby Barrett took home her first-ever American Music Awards wins, sweeping both of her categories. Other early winners announced include Ed Sheeran, Luke Bryan, Carrie Underwood, Doja Cat, Kanye West, Megan Thee Stallion, The Weekend and more.

Live from the AMAs red carpet, the group revealed winners in 21 categories. The remaining winners will be announced tonight when Cardi B hosts the AMAs live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday, Nov. 21, at 8:00 p.m. EST/PST on ABC and streaming next day on Hulu.

Tonight’s 2021 American Music Awards promises to be an epic night, featuring collaborations and special performances from some of today’s top artists including Bad Bunny with Tainy and Julieta Venegas, BTS, Coldplay, Olivia Rodrigo, Carrie Underwood and Jason Aldean, Kane Brown, New Edition and New Kids on the Block, Diplo, Maneskin, Mickey Guyton, Tyler, The Creator, Walker Hayes, Zoe Wees, Chlöe, Givēon, Silk Sonic, and Jennifer Lopez.


Favorite Male Pop Artist: Ed Sheeran
Favorite Female Pop Artist: Taylor Swift
Favorite Male Country Artist: Luke Bryan
Favorite Female Country Artist: Carrie Underwood
Favorite Country Duo or Group: Dan + Shay
Favorite Male Hip-Hop Artist: Drake
Favorite Female Hip-Hop Artist: Megan Thee Stallion
Favorite Male R&B Artist: The Weeknd
Favorite Female R&B Artist: Doja Cat
Favorite Male Latin Artist: Bad Bunny
Favorite Latin Duo or Group: Banda MS de Sergio Lizárraga
Favorite Inspirational Artist: Carrie Underwood
Favorite Gospel Artist: Kanye West
Favorite Dance/Electronic Artist: Marshmello
Collaboration of the Year: Doja Cat ft. SZA “Kiss Me More”


Favorite Country Album: Gabby Barrett “Goldmine”
Favorite Hip-Hop Album: Megan Thee Stallion “Good News”
Favorite R&B Album: Doja Cat “Planet Her”


Favorite Music Video: Lil Nas X “MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)”
Favorite Country Song: Gabby Barrett “The Good Ones”
Favorite R&B Song: Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak) “Leave The Door Open”

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