American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift was voted the was named artist of the year at the American Music Awards and won two other trophies in a ceremony.
It was a record sixth win by Swift of the top prize at the fan-voted show, although she was absent from the Los Angeles ceremony and accepted her trophy by video, thanking fans for their support of her surprise lockdown album “folklore.”
She said “have been beyond wonderful all the years of my career, but especially this one when we’ve been so far apart, we haven’t been able to see each other in concert” because of the pandemic.
“The reason I’m not there tonight is I’m actually recording all of my old music in the studio where we originally recorded it,” Swift added. “So, it’s been amazing, and I can’t wait for you to hear it.”
Swift has been locked in a feud with celebrity music manager and businessman Scooter Braun since his company purchased her music catalog last year from Swift’s former music label.
Swift now has 32 AMA wins, the most by any artist in the show’s history.
Canadian singer The Weeknd, sporting a large white face bandage, was the other big winner, taking the trophies for best soul/R&B male artist as well as his album “After Hours” and song “Heartless.”
Masked dancers kicked off with Justin Bieber singing his hits “Lonely” and “Holy” before being joined by Shawn Mendes for their duet “Monster.”
K-pop group BTS won two, for best pop/rock group and favorite social artists and closed the show with a version of their hits “Dynamite” and “Life Goes On” from South Korea.
Rapper Megan Thee Stallion marked her debut performance at the American Music Awards with “Body” and later accepted the best rap/hip-hop song trophy for her raunchy summer collaboration “WAP” with Cardi B.
But she was beaten in the best new artist category by Los Angeles singer Doja Cat, who was also named favorite female soul/R&B artist.
Bieber and country duo Dan + Shay won two for their collaboration on “10,000 Hours,” while Katy Perry gave her first major performance since giving birth to a baby girl in August.