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    •  Despite rising COVID-19 numbers rising across the country, there was a limited audience in attendance ‘in small groups, from the same families’
    • Organizers for the award show have taken several precautions to make it as safe an event as possible 
    •  Anyone who is entering the venue was tested in advanced and the production crew has worked with unions and received guidance from  L.A. County Department of Public Health
    • Facial coverings were also required for anyone not on stage inside of the venue with the one exception being background dancers who will also be required to wear masks 

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    The Weeknd kicked off the 2020 American Music Awards in fine form as he earned the first win of the night in the Soul/R&B Album category.

    The  30-year-old Canadian crooner – real name Abel Makkonen Tesfaye – was given the honor for his critically acclaimed album, After Hours, at the award show which took place at Los Angeles‘ Microsoft Theater on Sunday night.

    The music gala – which is considered to be one of the biggest in the industry – took place in front of a limited  audience ‘in small groups, from the same families’ with several safety cautions taken including testing amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Ouch: The Weeknd kicked off the 2020 American Music Awards in fine form as he earned the first win of the night in the Soul/R&B Album category

    As the Weeknd – who was presented the award by Ciara – had previously received the award from Prince, he dedicated the win to the late legendary musician.

    He said: ‘Thank you. Wow. Last time I received this award, it was given to me by the late, great prince. And, you know, he’s the reason I get to constantly challenge the genre of r&b. And, yeah, I’d like to dedicate this award to him. Thank you.’ 

    Despite rising COVID-19 numbers rising across the country, there was a limited audience in attendance as organizers for the award show have taken several precautions to make it as safe an event as possible 

    Host Taraji acknowledged the audience at the beginning of the show as she said: ‘Wait, do you hear that? That glorious — yes. That’s the glorious sound of alive in the house applause. Yes, we have some special guests here tonight. We invited them in small groups, from the same families. 

    ‘They’re all here, socially distanced, wearing masks, COVID tested. Yes, we’re very responsible. And like everyone else here, just happy to be out of the house. So let me hear it. Oh, humans, humans. Y’all look so good up there, yes, kings and queens.’

    A Dick Clark Productions spokesperson told Rolling Stone on Saturday: ‘We have rigorous Covid-19 safety guidelines and protocols in place — approved by the unions and with guidance from L.A. County Department of Public Health — that are beyond what is required.’

    Anyone who is entering the venue was tested in advanced and will continue to be tested throughout the production until wrap.

    Facial coverings were also required for anyone not on stage inside of the venue with the one exception being background dancers who will also be required to wear masks.

    The production spokesperson told the music publication: ‘Everyone inside our footprint, with the exception of artists on stage who are singing or speaking, will be wearing facial coverings and maintain social distancing at all times. 

    ‘When artists are not on stage singing, presenting, or accepting an award, they will be wearing personal protective equipment (PPE). Additionally, we disinfect our set every evening and in between performances during pre-production, rehearsals and in the live show.’

    Hosted by Taraji P. Henson, the

    Though the pandemic has made it a unique year, the Empire star promised everyone an ‘electrifying night of music’ with the awards.

    Planned performances from Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, The Weeknd and Billie Eilish are already generating buzz.

    The Canadian crooner will be back at the AMAs for the first time in four-years, set to woo the crowd with a medley of songs, including “Holy” and “Lonely” with special guest Benny Blanco,  

    Smile singer Perry will mark 10-years since her first appearance on the show.

    Meanwhile, Blinding Lights artist The Weeknd’s track Save Your Tears will get its television debut with the help of saxophonist Kenny G.

    Billie Eilish will also give her premiere performance of Therefore I Am. 

    Other artists include Bebe Rexha & Doja Cat, Dan + Shay, Lewis Capaldi, Machine Gun Kelly, Bad Bunny & Jhay Cortez, BTS, Dua Lipa, Jennifer Lopez & Maluma, Lil Baby, Megan Thee Stallion, Nelly, Shawn Mendes and Bell Biv DeVoe.

    In addition to his performance, The Weeknd will be competing in eight categories, tied with Roddy Ricch for the most nominations. 

    Megan Thee Stallion was able to earn five while Bieber, Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, Doja Cat, Bad Bunny and DaBaby each received four nominations.

    Swift already holds the record of most AMAs, with 29, so scoring any more would assure she keeps that top spot.

    The 2020 AMAs will air live on ABC on Sunday, Nov. 22 at 8 p.m. ET/PT 

    2020 American Music Awards Nominations

    Artist Of The Year 

    Justin Bieber 

    Post Malone 

    Roddy Ricch 

    Taylor Swift 

    The Weeknd  

    The Weeknd has eight nominations, leading the pack

    The Weeknd has eight nominations, leading the pack

     

    New Artist Of The Year

    Lewis Capaldi

    Doja Cat

    DaBaby

    Lil Baby

    Roddy Ricch

    Megan Thee Stallion

    Roddy Rich is tied with The Weeknd for the most nominations, also with eight

    Roddy Rich is tied with The Weeknd for the most nominations, also with eight

     

    Collaboration Of The Year

    Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion – WAP

    DaBaby ft. Roddy Ricch – Rockstar

    Dan + Shay with Justin Bieber – 10,000 Hours

    Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande – Rain On Me

    Megan Thee Stallion ft. Beyoncé – Savage Remix

    Megan Thee Stallion was honored with five nods

    Megan Thee Stallion was honored with five nods

     

    Favorite Social Artist

    BTS

    Billie Eilish

    EXO

    Ariana Grande

    NCT 127 

    Taylor Swift has four nominations. She also holds the record for most AMAs ever

    Taylor Swift has four nominations. She also holds the record for most AMAs ever

     

    Favorite Music Video

    Doja Cat – Say So

    Future ft. Drake – Life Is Good

    Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande – Rain On Me

    Taylor Swift – cardigan

    The Weeknd – Blinding Lights

     

    Favorite Male Artist – Pop/Rock

    Justin Bieber

    Post Malone

    The Weeknd

    Lady Gaga earned four nominations

    Lady Gaga earned four nominations

     

    Favorite Female Artist – Pop/Rock

    Dua Lipa

    Lady Gaga

    Taylor Swift

     

    Favorite Duo Or Group – Pop/Rock

    BTS

    Jonas Brothers

    Maroon 5

    BTS received two nods. They'll also be performing their hit Dynamite

    BTS received two nods. They’ll also be performing their hit Dynamite

     

    Favorite Album – Pop/Rock

    Harry Styles – Fine Line

    Taylor Swift – folklore

    The Weeknd – After Hours

      

    Favorite Song – Pop/Rock

    Lewis Capaldi – Someone You Loved

    Dua Lipa – Don’t Start Now

    Post Malone – Circles

    Roddy Ricch – The Box

    The Weeknd – Blinding Lights

    Post Malone is up for three awards

     Post Malone is up for three awards

     

    Favorite Male Artist – Country

    Kane Brown

    Luke Combs

    Morgan Wallen

     

    Favorite Female Artist – Country

    Gabby Barrett

    Miranda Lambert

    Maren Morris

     

    Favorite Duo Or Group – Country

    Dan + Shay

    Florida Georgia Line

    Old Dominion

    Dan + Shay have three nominations and will also be  performing

     Dan + Shay have three nominations and will also be  performing

     

    Favorite Album – Country

    Luke Combs – What You See Is What You Get

    Blake Shelton – Fully Loaded: God’s Country

    Morgan Wallen – If I Know Me

     

    Favorite Song – Country

    Dan + Shay with Justin Bieber – 10,000 Hours

    Maren Morris – The Bones

    Blake Shelton (Duet with Gwen Stefani) – Nobody But You

     

    Favorite Male Artist – Rap/Hip-Hop

    DaBaby

    Juice WRLD

    Roddy Ricch

    DaBaby earned four nominations

    DaBaby earned four nominations

     

    Favorite Female Artist – Rap/Hip-Hop

    Cardi B

    Nicki Minaj

    Megan Thee Stallion

     

    Favorite Album – Rap/Hip-Hop

    Lil Baby – My Turn

    Lil Uzi Vert – Eternal Atake

    Roddy Ricch – Please Excuse Me For Being Antisocial

     

    Favorite Song – Rap/Hip-Hop

    Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion – WAP

    DaBaby ft. Roddy Ricch – Rockstar

    Roddy Ricch – The Box

    The Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion collaboration WAP earned two nominations on its own

    The Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion collaboration WAP earned two nominations on its own

     

    Favorite Male Artist – Soul/R&B

    Chris Brown

    John Legend

    The Weeknd

     

    Favorite Female Artist – Soul/R&B

    Jhene Aiko

    Doja Cat

    Summer Walker

     

    Favorite Album – Soul/R&B

    Doja Cat – Hot Pink

    Summer Walker – Over It

    The Weeknd – After Hours

    Doja Cat received four nominations. She'll be performing with Bebe Rexha at the show

    Doja Cat received four nominations. She’ll be performing with Bebe Rexha at the show

     

    Favorite Song – Soul/R&B

    Chris Brown ft. Drake – No Guidance

    Summer Walker – Playing Games

    The Weeknd – Heartless

     

    Favorite Male Artist – Latin

    Bad Bunny

    J Balvin

    Ozuna

    J Balvin has two award nominations

    J Balvin has two award nominations

     

    Favorite Female Artist – Latin

    Becky G

    KAROL G

    Rosalía

     

    Favorite Album – Latin

    Anuel AA – Emmanuel

    Bad Bunny – Las que no iban a salir

    Bad Bunny – YHLQMDLG

     

    Favorite Song – Latin

    Bad Bunny – Vete

    Black Eyed Peas X J Balvin – RITMO (Bad Boys For Life)

    KAROL G & Nicki Minaj – Tusa

    Billie Eilish is up for two awards. She will also give her premiere performance of Therefore I Am

    Billie Eilish is up for two awards. She will also give her premiere performance of Therefore I Am

     

    Favorite Artist – Alternative Rock

    Billie Eilish

    Tame Impala

    twenty one pilots

     

    Favorite Artist – Adult Contemporary

    Lewis Capaldi

    Jonas Brothers

    Maroon 5

     

    Devotional singer Lauren Daigle is up for favorite Contemporary Inspirational artist

    Devotional singer Lauren Daigle is up for favorite Contemporary Inspirational artist

    Favorite Artist – Contemporary Inspirational

    Lauren Daigle

    for KING & COUNTRY

    Kanye West

     

    Favorite Artist – Electronic Dance Music (EDM)

    Kygo

    Lady Gaga

    Marshmello

     

    Favorite Soundtrack

    Birds of Prey: The Album

    Frozen II

    Trolls: World Tour

     

     

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