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BTS storm back to live performances at American Music Awards, win favourite pop group

The K-pop superstars joined Coldplay on stage for a rendition of the hit single My Universe. 

BTS storm back to live performances at American Music Awards, win favourite pop group

Coldplay and BTS perform during the Annual American Music Awards at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles, California, U.S., November 21, 2021. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

K-pop band BTS and Taylor Swift were among the early winners at the American Music Awards on Sunday (Nov 21) in a show hosted live by rapper Cardi B in Los Angeles.

BTS was named favourite pop group, the first of three awards the South Korean group is nominated for on the largest fan-voted show in the world.

"We're just a small boy band from Korea which just united by the love of music, and all we want to do is spread good vibes," said BTS singer Kim Nam-Joon, known as RM.

BTS joined Coldplay on stage for a rendition of their single My Universe in a post-pandemic return to live performances for the K-pop band, whose single Butter ruled the Billboard singles charts in the US for 10 weeks this summer.

BTS will face off against Swift, newcomer Olivia Rodrigo, The Weeknd, rapper Drake and Ariana Grande for the night's biggest prize artist of the year.

Swift, who did not attend Sunday's ceremony, last year won the title for a record sixth time.

On Sunday, she took home the trophies for favourite female artist and best pop album for her lockdown album evermore.

"I'm so lucky to be in your life, and to get to have you in mine," Swift told fans in a video acceptance speech.

First-time host Cardi B pulled off a series of extravagant costume changes and confessed she was worried about messing up.

"I'm a little nervous. I'm shaking," the Bodak Yellow rapper said, sporting a head-to-toe black feather headdress.

Rodrigo, 18, who burst onto the charts in January, went into Sunday's show with a leading seven nods including artist of the year, best new artist, and favourite pop song for her debut single, drivers license.

Olivia Rodrigo performs during the Annual American Music Awards at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles, California, U.S., November 21, 2021. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Canadian R&B singer The Weeknd followed with six nominations, while Doja Cat, reggaeton star Bad Bunny and first-time nominee R&B singer Giveon had five apiece.

Doja Cat picked up three awards on Sunday, including for her Kiss Me More collaboration with SZA, while Megan Thee Stallion, who on Saturday pulled out of performing on the show citing personal issues, won for favourite female hip-hop artiste.

Other artistes due to perform later on Sunday include Jennifer Lopez, Latin star Bad Bunny, Italian Eurovision song contest winners Maneskin, and country singer Carrie Underwood.

The nominees were based on Billboard music chart performance, streaming and album sales, radio play and social media engagement, and the winners were chosen entirely by fans.

Source: Reuters/sr

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