On November 20, 2022, at Los Angeles’ Microsoft Theater, the 50th Annual American Music Awards were given out in honor of the best recording artists and songs released between September 24, 2021, and September 22, 2022. The live ABC broadcast was presented by Wayne Brady. Hulu will begin streaming it the next day.
On October 13, 2022, the nominees were announced. This year, voters can cast their ballots for their favorite acts in four brand-new categories: Afrobeats Artist, K-pop Artist, Rock Song, and Rock Album.
With eight, Bad Bunny had the most nominations of any artist, while Beyoncé and Taylor Swift tied for the most among female musicians with six. The most nominations for a band were received by Imagine Dragons and Meskin.
Swift swept all six categories in which she was nominated, including Artist of the Year, and increased her record for most AMA victories to 40. Yola was honored with the Song of Soul award. The Icon Award went to Lionel Richie.
Who Is Hosting?
In October of 2022, ABC made the official announcement that Wayne Brady would be hosting the awards show. “I couldn’t be more thrilled and humbled to host the 2018 AMAs,” “the winner of “The Masked Singer” declared at the time in a statement.
“It’s great to be a part of a night where music lovers get their voices heard, especially as an artist and music enthusiast. The show is huge, so I’m bringing all my jokes, songs, and dances.
Who Is Performing?
The first wave of performers included names like Carrie Underwood and Imagine Dragons and then names like J.I.D. and P! NK and then names like Terms and Wizkid and Yola and then names like Bebe Rexha and David Guetta and Lil Baby and Dove Cameron and Anitta and GloRilla.
Who Will Be Honored at The AMAs?
Lionel Richie is going to be honored with the Icon Award, given to musicians who have made a significant impact on the music industry on a global scale. If accepted, the “Hello” singer will become the only performer in the show’s 30-year history to appear on stage at every single ceremony.
Who Is Paying Tribute to Olivia Newton-John?
On November 14, Dick Clark Productions and ABC revealed that Grease star Pink would be honored during the awards show. Newton-John lost her fight with breast cancer in August.
Winners and Nominees
It was on October 13, 2022, that the list of nominees was made public. On Good Morning America, Becky G revealed the nominations for New Artist of the Year. The Twitter account for the AMAs was used to announce the nominees for the remaining categories.
Bad Bunny led all artists with eight nominations, including Artist of the Year, a category he had never been nominated for before. A record-breaking seven artists were nominated for the same award this year, surpassing the previous high of five at any of the previous five presentations.
Among them was Taylor Swift, who now has a total of eight nominations in this category. Swift and Beyoncé are the most nominated female acts, while Drake is tied for second with six nominations. There were four groups nominated this year, and both Imagine Dragons and Mneskin received the same number of nods.
A total of 40 performers, including Anitta, Jack Harlow, Latto, and Terms, were nominated for the first time. After being nominated for the first time in AMA history at the very first ceremony in 1974, Elton John garnered two nominations this year, for Collaboration of the Year and Favourite Touring Artist.
Except for Favorite K-pop Artist, voting began on the AMA’s website and Twitter the day nominations were released. In addition to the traditional categories, this year saw the addition of two for Afrobeats and one for K-pop, as well as two for rock: favorite song and album.
After theatres reopened and tours resumed earlier this year due to the lifting of pandemic restrictions, the awards for Favorite Soundtrack and Favorite Touring Artist were reinstated. Popular Song in the Trends no longer exists.
Starting on November 1, users of the aforementioned networks plus the AMAs’ brand-new Discord server could cast their votes for their favorite K-pop artist. Only in this category did voting extend into the day of the presentation (all other categories closed on November 14), and it ended an hour into the ceremony.
Tetris Kelly from Billboard, Tiffany Taylor from The Hollywood Reporter, and K-pop artist Mark Tuan presented a Twitter and Discord audio broadcast to announce the winners of 25 non-televised awards in advance of the program.
The remaining details were exposed during the actual telecast. Swift ended up winning all six of the awards that she was nominated for, including Artist of the Year, making her the night’s big winner. She now has a total of 40 awards, making her the most decorated performer in the event’s history.
John was nominated for Collaboration of the Year, and he won it for the first time since 1988. Yola received the first-ever Song of Soul award for her contribution to the Elvis soundtrack with the song “Break the Bough,” which “highlights a rising, mission-driven artist who has inspired change and invoked social justice via their lyrics.” The Icon Award went to Lionel Richie.
Artist of The Year
Taylor Swift *WINNER
New Artist of The Year
Dove Cameron *WINNER
Favorite Male Pop Artist
Harry Styles *WINNER
Favorite Female Pop Artist
Taylor Swift *WINNER