This year’s American Music Awards saw a myriad of new artists and industry veterans, alike, get the recognition they deserve, be it was through trophies or live performances. From Billie Eilish, Lil Nas X and Lizzo to Taylor Swift, the three-hour plus show was packed with talent and triumph.
One of the night’s biggest stories was Taylor Swift who, despite her current dispute with record label / management personnel, kept it classy on Sunday night when she surpassed Michael Jackson‘s all-time record of 29 AMA awards. The Pennsylvania native was further recognized as Artist of the Decade and performed a medley of her biggest hits – including “The Man,” “Love Story,” “I Knew You Were Trouble,”, “Blank Space” and “Lover” – for the Microsoft Theater crowd.
While Swift dominated the annual ceremony, it was also a big night for Billie Eilish who nabbed her first two awards, for best alternative rock artist and new artist of the year as she delivered her first AMA performance – a fiery rendition of “all the good girls go to hell.” And fellow new artist, Lil Nas X won favorite song rap/hip-hop for “Old Town Road.” featuring Billy Ray Cyrus.
This year’s televised awards also paid homage to classic rock acts like Green Day who took the stage and rocked out in celebration of their album Dookie’s 25th anniversary.