2021 American Music Awards: BTS Takes Top Honors

BTS at the 2021 American Music Awards.
BTS at the 2021 American Music Awards. Photo by Rob Latour/Shutterstock (12612438bv)

It’s BTS’s world and we’re just living in it! After breaking records and topping the charts with several hit songs this year, the K-pop boy band conquered the American Music Awards. The group won awards in three major categories, closely followed by Doja Cat and Megan Thee Stallion.

BTS was in the running for the biggest award of the night—artist of the year—and managed to beat the likes of Ariana Grande, Drake, Olivia Rodrigo, Taylor Swift, and The Weeknd to take it home. They also collected the accolades for the best pop duo or group and favorite pop song with “Butter”.

Doja Cat and Megan Thee Stallion walked away with three awards each, as well. Doja shared the award for collaboration of the year with SZA for “Kiss Me More” and won two additional awards in the R&B field. Stallion came out victorious in two hip-hop categories and won the award for the favorite trending song with “Body”.

The list of major winners also included Swift, Bad Bunny, and Gabby Barrett, with two awards each. Olivia Rodrigo managed to pick up the trophy for the new artist of the year, after topping the list of nominations with seven nods.

American Music Awards came back to Los Angeles on November 21st, and Cardi B was in charge of hosting the festivities.


New Artist of the Year

Olivia Rodrigo

Artist of the Year


Collaboration of the Year

“Kiss Me More” – Doja Cat ft. SZA

Favorite Trending Song

“Body” – Megan Thee Stallion

Favorite Music Video

“MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)” – Lil Nas X

Favorite Male Pop Artist

Ed Sheeran

Favorite Female Pop Artist

Taylor Swift

Favorite Pop Duo or Group


Favorite Pop Album

 “evermore” – Taylor Swift

Favorite Pop Song

“Butter” – BTS

Favorite Male Country Artist

Luke Bryan

Favorite Female Country Artist

Carrie Underwood

Favorite Country Duo or Group

Dan + Shay

Favorite Country Album

“Goldmine” – Gabby Barrett

Favorite Country Song

 “The Good Ones” – Gabby Barrett

Favorite Male Hip-Hop Artist


Favorite Female Hip-Hop Artist

Megan Thee Stallion

Favorite Hip-Hop Album

 “Good News” – Megan Thee Stallion

Favorite Hip-Hop Song

 “Up” – Cardi B

Favorite Male R&B Artist

The Weeknd

Favorite Female R&B Artist

Doja Cat

Favorite R&B Album

“Planet Her” – Doja Cat

Favorite R&B song

“Damage” – H.E.R.

Favorite Male Latin Artist

Bad Bunny

Favorite Female Latin Artist

Becky G

Favorite Latin Duo or Group

Banda MS de Sergio Lizárraga

Favorite Latin Album


Favorite Latin Song

“telepatía” – Kali Uchis

Favorite Rock Artist

Machine Gun Kelly

Favorite Inspirational Artist

Carrie Underwood

Favorite Gospel Artist

Kanye West

Favorite Dance/Electronic Artist