2021 American Music Awards: BTS Crowned As the Big Winner

BTS's V, Jungkook, Jimin, Rap Monster (RM), Suga, J-Hope and Jin at the American Music Awards.
BTS's V, Jungkook, Jimin, Rap Monster (RM), Suga, J-Hope and Jin at the American Music Awards. Photo by Rob Latour/Shutterstock (12612438bv)

BTS has been on fire since the beginning of 2021, and it was just a matter of time before major awards started coming their way. The K-pop boy band was crowned as the biggest winner of the night at the American Music Awards and won accolades in three major categories.

BTS was competing against Ariana Grande, Drake, Olivia Rodrigo, Taylor Swift, and The Weeknd for the biggest award of the night—artist of the year. They managed to come out victorious, and also picked up awards for the best pop duo or group and favorite pop song with “Butter”.

It was also a big night for Doja Cat, who dominated the R&B categories. In addition to winning trophies for favorite female R&B artist and favorite R&B album with Planet Her, she also collected the award for collaboration of the year with “Kiss Me More” featuring SZA.

Megan Thee Stallion was right behind with three awards—favorite female hip-hop artist, favorite hip-hop album with Good News, and favorite trending song with “Body”. Olivia Rodrigo collected the award for the new artist of the year, while Lil Nas X picked up the trophy for the best music video with “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)”.

The American Music Awards were held at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on November 21st, with Cardi B serving as the host.


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 0r 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