2022 AMAs: Taylor wins, Kelly slams haters, MGK wears a sea urchin outfit

2022 AMAs: Taylor Swift wins big, Kelly Rowland slams haters, MGK dresses like a sea urchin

The 2022 AMAs had many iconic and puzzling moments. Here’s a list of winners and a recap of ceremony moments.

The 50th annual AMAs, aired via ABC, took place on Sunday (November 20) at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. The ceremony was hosted by Wayne Brady and featured a slew of performers, including Lionel Richie, Stevie Wonder, and Pink who performed a heartwarming tribute to Olivia Newton-John.

Leading the pack in terms of nominations this year were Taylor Swift, Beyoncé, and Bad Bunny. During the ceremony, Swift nabbed six awards, one of which being Artist of the Year. This winning sweep led her to smash her own record as “the most decorated AMA winner of all time.”

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Bad Bunny, who received a whopping eight nominations, claimed the categories of Favourite Male Latin Artist and Favourite Latin Album. Meanwhile, Beyoncé won Favorite Female R&B Artist and Favourite R&B Album, thus raising her grand total of AMA wins throughout her career to 16. See the full list of winners here, and check out a few of the most talked-about moments from the 2022 AMAs ceremony below:

#1 – Pink’s tribute to Olivia Newton-John

During the ceremony, Pink delivered a heartfelt rendition of the iconic Grease tune, Hopelessly Devoted To You, in honour of Olivia Newton-John. Check it out below.

#2 – Machine Gun Kelly’s sea urchin-inspired attire

MGK rocked a bold look at the AMAs ceremony, sporting a purple suit covered in spikes. The Bloody Valentine hitmaker drew inspiration from sea urchins for the ensemble, and confessed that the two-piece was “really uncomfortable to pee in.” See it for yourself below.

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#3 – Kelly Rowland silencing the crowd for boo-ing at Chris Brown’s win

Kelly Rowland hushed audience members who boo-d at Chris Brown amid the announcement that he won Favorite Male R&B Artist. Accepting the award on his behalf, as he wasn’t in attendance, Rowland spoke fondly of the Under The Influence hitmaker, who fell out of favour with many fans and industry members alike, following his act of physical assault against Rihanna in 2009.

Thanking him for his contribution to music, Rowland said to displeased crowd members, “excuse me, chill out.” Watch the moment take place below.