Machine Gun Kelly looks sharp in purple suit covered in black spikes as he calls out his detractors

Machine Gun Kelly looks sharp in purple suit covered in black spikes as he calls out his detractors for criticizing his foray into rock music: ‘I’m not done exploring the universe’

Machine Gun Kelly looked sharp while accepting an award onstage at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday. 

The 32-year-old singer-songwriter donned an all purple suit with a blazer over his bare chest and matching slacks. 

His outfit was covered in long black spikes, and he wore big platform black boots with much smaller spikes on the ankles. 

Sharp: Machine Gun Kelly looked sharp while accepting an award onstage at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday

Sharp: Machine Gun Kelly looked sharp while accepting an award onstage at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday

The long spikes on his blazer seemed to nearly poke Lionel Richie in the face while the pair sat alongside one another.  

His hair, dyed an almost white blonde, fell in messily down to the middle of his neck and covered his eyes in the front. 

Kim won American Music Award for Favorite Alternative Artist at the big event, and he blasted his critics onstage. 

Lots of color: The 32-year-old singer-songwriter donned an all purple suit with a blazer over his bare chest and matching slacks

 Lots of color: The 32-year-old singer-songwriter donned an all purple suit with a blazer over his bare chest and matching slacks

Spiky: His outfit was covered in long black spikes, and he wore big platform black boots with much smaller spikes on the ankles

Spiky: His outfit was covered in long black spikes, and he wore big platform black boots with much smaller spikes on the ankles

Getting close to his face: The long spikes on his blazer seemed to nearly poke Lionel Richie in the face while the pair sat alongside one another

Getting close to his face: The long spikes on his blazer seemed to nearly poke Lionel Richie in the face while the pair sat alongside one another

AMAs 2022 WINNERS: AT A GLANCE

 ARTIST OF THE YEAR: Taylor Swift

NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR: Dove Cameron

FAVORITE POP SONG: Harry Styles – As It Was

FAVORITE COUNTRY ALBUM: Taylor Swift – Red

FAVORITE MALE HIP-HOP ARTIST: Kendrick Lamar

FAVORITE FEMALE HIP-HOP ARTIST: Nicki Minaj

FAVORITE MALE R&B ARTIST: Chris Brown

FAVORITE FEMALE R&B ARTIST: Beyoncé

FAVORITE MALE LATIN ARTIST: Bad Bunny

FAVORITE FEMALE LATIN ARTIST: Anitta

FAVORITE ROCK ARTIST: Machine Gun Kelly

 FAVORITE ROCK SONG: Måneskin – Beggin’

FAVORITE AFROBEATS ARTIST: Wizkid

FAVORITE MUSIC VIDEO: Taylor Swift – All Too Well (Taylor’s Version)

FAVORITE MALE POP ARTIST: Harry Styles

FAVORITE FEMALE POP ARTIST: Taylor Swift

FAVORITE POP GROUP OR DUO: BTS

FAVORITE POP ALBUM: Taylor Swift – Red (Taylor’s Version)

FAVORITE MALE COUNTRY ARTIST: Morgan Wallen

FAVORITE FEMALE COUNTRY ARTIST: Taylor Swift

FAVORITE COUNTRY DUO OR GROUP: Dan + Shay

FAVORITE K-POP ARTIST: BTS

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He began his comments by joking about the height of the microphone as the 6’4″ artist bent over to speak. 

‘I just want to say I’m petitioning for larger mic stands next time,’ he said. 

The Emo Girl singer continued, ‘This suit is really uncomfortable to pee in.’  

He then got into the criticisms against his foray into rock music by saying, ‘There have been some people in the rock community who have called me a tourist, but they’re wrong. I’m a rocketman.’ 

Pale locks: His hair, dyed an almost white blonde, fell in messily down to the middle of his neck and covered his eyes in the front

Pale locks: His hair, dyed an almost white blonde, fell in messily down to the middle of his neck and covered his eyes in the front

Coming after the haters: He then got into the criticisms against his foray into rock music by saying, 'There have been some people in the rock community who have called me a tourist, but they’re wrong. I’m a rocketman

Coming after the haters: He then got into the criticisms against his foray into rock music by saying, ‘There have been some people in the rock community who have called me a tourist, but they’re wrong. I’m a rocketman

‘We weren’t born on the moon but we looked at it and we were curious and then we went there, supposedly,’ he expanded. 

‘These last two rock albums to me were me going to the moon, and I’m not done exploring the universe. I am all genres, I’ll see you…’ he said, ending his statement with some word or words that were bleeped out. 

Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor is possibly the biggest example of a rockstar calling out MGK which he did last year. He said, ‘I hate the artists that failed in one genre and decided to go rock, and I think he knows who he is.’  

Kelly released his sixth studio album Mainstream Sellout which was nominated for the American Music Award for Favorite Rock Album though it lost to the band Ghost’s Impera. 

This is the second year in a row that Kelly has won the American Music Award for Favorite Alternative Artist.  

Back-to-back: This is the second year in a row that Kelly has won the American Music Award for Favorite Alternative Artist

Back-to-back: This is the second year in a row that Kelly has won the American Music Award for Favorite Alternative Artist

American Music Awards 2022: WINNERS

ARTIST OF THE YEAR 

Adele 

Bad Bunny 

Beyoncé 

Drake 

Harry Styles 

Taylor Swift (Winner)

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 (Winner)

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 (Winner)

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 (Winner)

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) (Winner)

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 (Winner)

FAVORITE MALE HIP-HOP ARTIST  

Drake

Future

Kendrick Lamar (Winner)

Lil Baby

Lil Durk

FAVORITE FEMALE HIP-HOP ARTIST  

Cardi B

GloRilla

Latto

Megan Thee Stallion

Nicki Minaj (Winner)

FAVORITE MALE R&B ARTIST  

Brent Faiyaz

Chris Brown (Winner)

Givēon

Lucky Daye

The Weeknd

FAVORITE FEMALE R&B ARTIST 

Beyoncé (Winner)

Doja Cat

Muni Long

Summer Walker

SZA

FAVORITE MALE LATIN ARTIST  

Bad Bunny (Winner)

Farruko

J Balvin

Jhayco

Rauw Alejandro

FAVORITE FEMALE LATIN ARTIST  

Anitta (Winner)

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’ (Winner)

Red Hot Chili Peppers – Black Summer

FAVORITE ROCK ALBUM

Coldplay – Music of the Spheres

Ghost – Impera (Winner)

Imagine Dragons – Mercury – Act 1

Machine Gun Kelly – mainstream sellout

Red Hot Chili Peppers – Unlimited Love

FAVORITE DANCE/ELECTRONIC ARTIST  

Diplo

Marshmello (Winner)

Swedish House Mafia

The Chainsmokers

Tiësto

FAVORITE AFROBEATS ARTIST  

Burna Boy

CKay

Fireboy DML

Tems

Wizkid (Winner)

 

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) (Winner)

FAVORITE MALE POP ARTIST

Bad Bunny

Drake

Ed Sheeran

Harry Styles (Winner)

The Weeknd

FAVORITE FEMALE POP ARTIST

Adele

Beyoncé

Doja Cat

Lizzo

Taylor Swift (Winner)

FAVORITE POP GROUP OR DUO

BTS (Winner)

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) (Winner)

The Weeknd – Dawn FM

FAVORITE MALE COUNTRY ARTIST

Chris Stapleton

Cody Johnson

Luke Combs

Morgan Wallen (Winner)

Walker Hayes

FAVORITE FEMALE  COUNTRY ARTIST

 Carrie Underwood

Lainey Wilson

Maren Morris

Miranda Lambert

Taylor Swift (Winner)

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 (Winner)

Lil Durk – 7220

Polo G – Hall of Fame 2.0

FAVORITE HIP-HOP SONG  

Future ft. Drake & Tems – Wait For U (Winner)

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 (Winner)

Drake – Honestly, Nevermind

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

Summer Walker – Still Over It

The Weeknd – Dawn FM

FAVORITE LATIN DUO OR GROUP  

Banda MS de Sergio Lizárraga

Calibre 50

Eslabon Armado

Grupo Firme

Yahritza Y Su Esencia (Winner)

FAVORITE LATIN ALBUM  

Bad Bunny – Un Verano Sin Ti (Winner)

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 (Winner)

FAVORITE INSPIRATIONAL ARTIST  

Anne Wilson

for King & Country (Winner)

Katy Nichole

Matthew West

Phil Wickham

FAVORITE GOSPEL ARTIST  

CeCe Winans

DOE

E. Dewey Smith

Maverick City Music

Tamela Mann (Winner)

FAVORITE SOUNDTRACK  

ELVIS (Winner)

Encanto

Sing 2

Stranger Things: Soundtrack from the Netflix Series, Season 4

Top Gun: Maverick

FAVORITE K-POP ARTIST  

Blackpink

BTS (Winner)

Seventeen

Tomorrow X Together

Twice

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

 

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