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The 2022 American Music Awards were headlined by two performances from Pink, while Taylor Swift won six trophies, bringing her lifetime total to 40.
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Pop juggernaut Taylor Swift became the top-awarded artist in AMAs history with her six wins at the awards show Sunday night, which included favorite female pop artist, favorite country album and artist of the year. In total, Swift has won 40 times at the AMAs.
“In the past few years, I have released more music than I did in the entire decade preceding that, and I really feel like that’s down to the fact you, the fans, made it clear that you wanted to hear lots of music that I would make,” Swift said while accepting artist of the year. “You encouraged me.”
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Bad Bunny, who scored eight nominations, clinched prizes for favorite male Latin artist and favorite Latin album. Meanwhile, Beyoncé boosted her career tally for AMA wins to 16, taking home awards for favorite female R&B artist and album.
The night was also full of tributes to titans in the music industry. Lionel Richie, recipient of the AMAs 2022 Icon Award, was introduced by Smokey Robinson.
After a video tribute played onstage, Richie thanked his family, friends and manager during his acceptance speech and reflected on his long career and 40-year history with the AMAs.
Legend Stevie Wonder and Charlie Puth continued with the tribute by performing some of Richie’s biggest hits including “Say You, Say Me,” “Easy,” “Brick House” and concluded it with “We Are the World.”
For the latter, the duo was joined by Melissa Etheridge, Yola, Jimmie Allen and others.
The AMAs, hosted by actor and comedian Wayne Brady, also featured electrifying performances from some of the biggest stars in music, including Pink, who paid tribute to Olivia Newton-John with a powerful rendition of “Hopelessly Devoted to You,” Dove Cameron, GloRilla with Cardi B, Carrie Underwood, Lil Baby and Anitta.
Check out the biggest winners of the night below (in bold):
Artist of the year
New artist of the year
Collaboration of the year
“We Don’t Talk About Bruno” – Carolina Gaitán, Mauro Castillo, Adassa, Rhenzy Feliz, Diane Guerrero, Stephanie Beatriz & the ‘Encanto’ cast
“Cold Heart (PNAU Remix)” – Elton John & Dua Lipa
“Wait for U” – Future, Drake & Tems
“Industry Baby” – Lil Nas X & Jack Harlow
“Stay” – The Kid Laroi & Justin Bieber
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