AMAs 2022 WINNERS: Dove Cameron dedicates new artist of the year honor to the ‘queer community’

AMAs 2022 WINNERS: Dove Cameron dedicates new artist of the year honor to the ‘queer community at large’ as music’s big night kicks off

Dove Cameron won the honors for best new artist of the year at the 2022 American Music Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles Sunday.

Cameron, 26, defeated fellow nominees GAYLE, Latto, Måneskin and Steve Lacy for the honor.

The Disney Channel alum thanked ‘the queer community at large’ in accepting the award.

The latest: Dove Cameron won the honors for best new artist of the year at the 2022 American Music Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles Sunday

The latest: Dove Cameron won the honors for best new artist of the year at the 2022 American Music Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles Sunday

‘This is so meaningful to me,’ she said. ‘I want to start by saying that every award that I ever win will always first and foremost be dedicated to the queer community at large.’

She said, ‘I’ve never felt safer or more loved and more supported, and I hope I can give you some semblance of that same feeling in my music.’

She continued: ‘On the heels of what happened at Club Q in Colorado Springs, I want to remind everyone how important queer visibility is and how important our community is. 

‘And I want to direct your attention to organizations like GLAAD and The Trevor Project for what you can do right now … thank you for holding the space – I’m holding it for you too.’

Cameron defeated fellow nominees GAYLE, Latto, Måneskin and Steve Lacy for the honor

Cameron defeated fellow nominees GAYLE, Latto, Måneskin and Steve Lacy for the honor 

The Disney Channel alum thanked 'the queer community at large' in accepting the award

The Disney Channel alum thanked ‘the queer community at large’ in accepting the award 

Machine Gun Kelly took home the honors for favorite rock artist. He bested a field including Imagine Dragons, Måneskin, Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Lumineers.

MGK, 32, whose real name is Colson Baker, thanked the fans for voting him into the honors.

The tall musician joked, ‘I’m petitioning for larger mic stands next time.’

He said that ‘there have been some people in the rock community who have called me a tourist, but they’re wrong – I’m a rocket man.

He continued: ‘We weren’t born on the moon, but we looked at it and we were curious, and we went there supposedly. And these last two rock albums to me were me going to the moon. But I’m not done exploring the universe yet.’

Dan + Shay took home the award for favorite country duo or group, besting a field including Lady A, Old Dominion, Parmalee and Zac Brown Band. 

Machine Gun Kelly took home the honors for favorite rock artist

Machine Gun Kelly took home the honors for favorite rock artist 

He bested a field including Imagine Dragons, Måneskin, Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Lumineers

He bested a field including Imagine Dragons, Måneskin, Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Lumineers 

The tall musician joked, ‘I'm petitioning for larger mic stands next time'

The tall musician joked, ‘I’m petitioning for larger mic stands next time’

The artist said that 'there have been some people in the rock community who have called me a tourist, but they're wrong - I'm a rocket man'

The artist said that ‘there have been some people in the rock community who have called me a tourist, but they’re wrong – I’m a rocket man’

Puerto Rican rapper and singer Bad Bunny landed the most nominations at this year’s American Music Awards.

He leads fellow rapper Drake and pop superstars Beyonce and Taylor Swift on the list of contenders.

Bad Bunny received a total of eight AMA nominations and will compete for artist of the year against British singers Adele and Harry Styles and Canadian musician The Weeknd.

Drake, Beyonce and Swift also are in the running for artist of the year and received six nominations each.

On top: Puerto Rican rapper and singer Bad Bunny leads the nominations for this year's American Music Awards. Seen in September

On top: Puerto Rican rapper and singer Bad Bunny leads the nominations for this year’s American Music Awards. Seen in September

The nominations are based on performances on the Billboard music charts, streaming and album sales, radio play and social media engagement. 

Winners will be determined by fan votes and announced at the ceremony at Microsoft Theater at L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles.

Bad Bunny’s other nods included favorite male pop artist, favorite music video and favorite touring artist.

The singer set a record this year for the highest-grossing tour by a Latin artist in history. His album ‘Un Verano Sin Ti’ just topped the Billboard charts for a 13th week.

Bey is on the list: He leads fellow rapper Drake and pop superstars Beyonce and Taylor Swift on the list of contenders

Bey is on the list: He leads fellow rapper Drake and pop superstars Beyonce and Taylor Swift on the list of contenders

If Bad Bunny wins all eight awards he is eligible for, he would tie 1980s superstars Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston for the most AMA wins in a single year.

Organizers added a category this year for favorite K-pop artist. Contenders are BTS, BLACKPINK, SEVENTEEN, Tomorrow X Together and Twice.  

First-time AMA nominees included rapper Jack Harlow, K-pop band BLACKPINK and Scandinavian DJ group Swedish House Mafia.

In country music categories, Chris Stapleton, Luke Combs and Morgan Wallen are among the nominees for favorite male country artist.

Carrie Underwood, Maren Morris and Miranda Lambert will compete for favorite female country artist. 

Pink is set to honor the late Olivia Newton–John with a musical performance at the show.

The performance in Newton–John’s memory follows her death at age 73 in August from a years-long battle with breast cancer.   

The beloved British–Australian singer and actress had a lengthy association with the award show.

She co-hosted the ceremony with Aretha Franklin and Glen Campbell in 1976, two years before her success in films spread to the US with her role in 1978’s Grease.   

Newton–John was also presented with 10 AMAs during her lengthy career.

Pink (real name: Alecia Moore) was previously announced as a performer at the AMAs, and her tribute number will be her second performance of the evening.

The hitmaker is also scheduled to give her new single Never Gonna Not Dance Again its live performance debut. 

Lionel Richie will also be honored at the ceremony, where he is set to receive the Icon Award.

Stevie Wonder will be leading the performance for his contemporary, while Charlie Puth and Ari Lennox will be joining the keyboard virtuoso for a medley of Richie’s most popular material.

The ceremony, which is being hosted by Wayne Brady, was previously announced to have performances from Carrie Underwood, Imagine Dragons, JID, and Yola, among others. 

Bebe Rexha and David Guetta will be performing their hit I’m Good (Blue), while Dove Cameron will make her debut at the show with a performance of her song Boyfriend.

The rapper GloRilla and Anitta will also be making their performance debuts at the show. 

The 2021 ceremony saw K-Pop icons BTS earn the most wins with three including top honor artist of the year as the most nominated singer Olivia Rodrigo earned new artist of the year.

The seven member South Korean pop boyband – who also earned favorite pop group or duo and favorite pop song  – was given the most coveted crystal pyramid trophy of the night as they beat out heavy hitters including Ariana Grande, Drake, Olivia Rodrigo, Taylor Swift, and The Weeknd.

She is on the list: Carrie Underwood (pictured in September), Maren Morris and Miranda Lambert will compete for favorite female country artist

She is on the list: Carrie Underwood (pictured in September), Maren Morris and Miranda Lambert will compete for favorite female country artist

American Music Awards 2022: NOMINATIONS

ARTIST OF THE YEAR 

Adele 

Bad Bunny 

Beyoncé 

Drake 

Harry Styles 

Taylor Swift 

The Weeknd

NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Dove Cameron (Winner)

GAYLE

Latto

Måneskin

Steve Lacy

COLLABORATION OF THE YEAR

Carolina Gaitán, Mauro Castillo, Adassa, Rhenzy Feliz, Diane Guerrero, Stephanie Beatriz & Encanto Cast – We Don’t Talk About Bruno

Elton John & Dua Lipa – Cold Heart – PNAU Remix

Future ft. Drake & Tems – WAIT FOR U

Lil Nas X ft. Jack Harlow – INDUSTRY BABY

The Kid LAROI & Justin Bieber – STAY

FAVORITE TOURING ARTIST

Bad Bunny

Coldplay

Ed Sheeran

Elton John

The Rolling Stones  

FAVORITE POP SONG 

Adele – Easy on Me

Carolina Gaitán, Mauro Castillo, Adassa, Rhenzy Feliz, Diane Guerrero, Stephanie Beatriz & Encanto Cast –  We Don’t Talk About Bruno

Harry Styles – As It Was

Lizzo – About Damn Time

The Kid LAROI & Justin Bieber – Stay

FAVORITE COUNTRY ALBUM  

Carrie Underwood – Denim & Rhinestones

Luke Combs – Growin’ Up

Cody Johnson – Human: The Double Album

Taylor Swift – Red (Taylor’s Version)

Walker Hayes – Country Stuff: The Album

FAVORITE COUNTRY SONG  

Chris Stapleton – You Should Probably Leave

Cody Johnson – Til You Can’t

Dustin Lynch ft. MacKenzie Porter –  Thinking ‘Bout You

Jordan Davis ft. Luke Bryan – Buy Dirt

Morgan Wallen – Wasted on You

FAVORITE MALE HIP-HOP ARTIST  

Drake

Future

Kendrick Lamar

Lil Baby

Lil Durk

FAVORITE FEMALE HIP-HOP ARTIST  

Cardi B

GloRilla

Latto

Megan Thee Stallion

Nicki Minaj

FAVORITE MALE R&B ARTIST  

Brent Faiyaz

Chris Brown

Givēon

Lucky Daye

The Weeknd

FAVORITE FEMALE R&B ARTIST

Beyoncé

Doja Cat

Muni Long

Summer Walker

SZA

FAVORITE MALE LATIN ARTIST  

Bad Bunny

Farruko

J Balvin

Jhayco

Rauw Alejandro

FAVORITE FEMALE LATIN ARTIST  

Anitta

Becky G

Kali Uchis

Karol G

Rosalía

FAVORITE ROCK ARTIST  

Imagine Dragons

Machine Gun Kelly (Winner)

Måneskin

Red Hot Chili Peppers

The Lumineers

FAVORITE ROCK SONG  

Foo Fighters – Love Dies Young

Imagine Dragons x JID – Enemy

Kate Bush – Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God)

Måneskin – Beggin’

Red Hot Chili Peppers – Black Summer

FAVORITE ROCK ALBUM

Coldplay – Music of the Spheres

Ghost – Impera

Imagine Dragons – Mercury – Act 1

Machine Gun Kelly – mainstream sellout

Red Hot Chili Peppers – Unlimited Love

FAVORITE DANCE/ELECTRONIC ARTIST  

Diplo

Marshmello

Swedish House Mafia

The Chainsmokers

Tiësto

FAVORITE AFROBEATS ARTIST  

Burna Boy

CKay

Fireboy DML

Tems

Wizkid

 

FAVORITE MUSIC VIDEO

Adele – Easy On Me

Bad Bunny ft. Chencho Corleone – Me Porto Bonito

Harry Styles – As It Was

Lil Nas X ft. Jack Harlow – INDUSTRY BABY

Taylor Swift – All Too Well (Taylor’s Version)

FAVORITE MALE POP ARTIST

Bad Bunny

Drake

Ed Sheeran

Harry Styles

The Weeknd

FAVORITE FEMALE POP ARTIST

Adele

Beyoncé

Doja Cat

Lizzo

Taylor Swift

FAVORITE POP GROUP OR DUO

BTS

Coldplay

Imagine Dragons

Måneskin

OneRepublic

FAVORITE POP ALBUM

Adele – 30 

Bad Bunny – Un Verano Sin Ti

Beyoncé – Renaissance

Harry Styles – Harry’s House

Taylor Swift – Red (Taylor’s Version)

The Weeknd – Dawn FM

FAVORITE MALE COUNTRY ARTIST

Chris Stapleton

Cody Johnson

Luke Combs

Morgan Wallen

Walker Hayes

FAVORITE FEMALE  COUNTRY ARTIST

 Carrie Underwood

Lainey Wilson

Maren Morris

Miranda Lambert

Taylor Swift

FAVORITE COUNTRY DUO OR GROUP

Dan + Shay (Winner)

Lady A

Old Dominion

Parmalee

Zac Brown Band

FAVORITE HIP-HOP ALBUM  

Future –  I Never Liked You

Gunna – DS4EVER

Kendrick Lamar – Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers

Lil Durk – 7220

Polo G – Hall of Fame 2.0

FAVORITE HIP-HOP SONG  

Future ft. Drake & Tems – Wait For U

Jack Harlow – First Class

Kodak Black – Super Gremlin

Latto – Big Energy

Lil Nas X ft. Jack Harlow – Industry Baby

FAVORITE R&B ALBUM  

Beyoncé – Renaissance

Drake – Honestly, Nevermind

Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars & Anderson .Paak) – An Evening with Silk Sonic

Summer Walker – Still Over It

The Weeknd – Dawn FM

FAVORITE R&B SONG

Beyoncé – Break My Soul

Muni Long – Hrs And Hrs

Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars & Anderson .Paak) – Smokin Out The Window”

SZA – I Hate U

Wizkid ft. Tems – Essence

FAVORITE LATIN DUO OR GROUP  

Banda MS de Sergio Lizárraga

Calibre 50

Eslabon Armado

Grupo Firme

Yahritza Y Su Esencia

FAVORITE LATIN ALBUM  

Bad Bunny – Un Verano Sin Ti

Farruko – La 167

J Balvin – Jose

Rauw Alejandro -Vice Versa

Rosalía – Motomami

FAVORITE LATIN SONG  

Bad Bunny ft. Chencho Corleone – Me Porto Bonito

Becky G x Karol G – MAMIII

Karol G – Provenza

Rauw Alejandro – Todo de Ti

Sebastián Yatra – Dos Oruguitas

FAVORITE INSPIRATIONAL ARTIST  

Anne Wilson

for King & Country

Katy Nichole

Matthew West

Phil Wickham

FAVORITE GOSPEL ARTIST  

CeCe Winans

DOE

E. Dewey Smith

Maverick City Music

Tamela Mann

FAVORITE SOUNDTRACK  

ELVIS

Encanto

Sing 2

Stranger Things: Soundtrack from the Netflix Series, Season 4

Top Gun: Maverick

FAVORITE K-POP ARTIST  

Blackpink

BTS

Seventeen

Tomorrow X Together

Twice

 

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