The 50th annual American Music Awards was a star-studded celebration of the best in music. The 2022 awards were held at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday, November 20, and were hosted by TV personality Wayne Brady.
Nominations were first announced back in October, and with Bad Bunny, Beyoncé, and Taylor Swift leading the pack with the most noms. This year's AMAs ceremony introduced four new categories — Favorite Afrobeats Artist, Favorite Rock Song, Favorite Rock Album, and Favorite K-pop Artitst — and celebrated legendary musician Lionel Richie as the 2022 Icon Award recipient.
It was an exciting, jam-packed night with heartwarming tributes, stellar performances, incredible red carpet looks, and moving speeches. Dive into the highlight reel of the American Music Awards 2022 below, and check out all the best moments and surprises.
Taylor Swift made AMAs history
Taylor Swift made a clean sweep at the 2022 AMAs, winning all six of the awards she was nominated for: Favorite Music Video, Favorite Female Pop Artist, Favorite Pop Album, Favorite Country Album, Favorite Female Country Album, and Artist of the Year. Last night's six wins solidified Taylor as the most-awarded artist in American Music Awards history — following her are Michael Jackson with 26 wins and Whitney Houston with 22.
“I have the fans to thank, essentially, for my happiness,” Taylor said in her acceptance speech for the night's biggest prize, Artist of the Year. “And I love you more than I can say. I cannot express how unbelievable it is to me that I still get to do this and that you still care. So, thank you, underlined with 13 exclamation points.”
GloRilla brought out surprise guest Cardi B
2023 Grammy nominee and rap's newest superstar GloRilla made her AMAs debut with a performance of her hit song “Tomorrow." She turned the energy of the crowd up two full notches when she brought out surprise guest Cardi B — the two rappers shut down the stage with a performance of their collab, the remix “Tomorrow 2.” Cardi and Glo's synchronized choreography will give you enough serotonin for the rest of the week, guaranteed.