American Music Awards 2022: All the Best Moments & Surprises

From Taylor Swift to GloRilla and Cardi B.
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The 50th annual American Music Awards was a star-studded celebration of the best in music. The 2022 awards were held at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday, November 20, and were hosted by TV personality Wayne Brady.

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Nominations were first announced back in October, and with Bad Bunny, Beyoncé, and Taylor Swift leading the pack with the most noms. This year's AMAs ceremony introduced four new categories — Favorite Afrobeats Artist, Favorite Rock Song, Favorite Rock Album, and Favorite K-pop Artitst — and celebrated legendary musician Lionel Richie as the 2022 Icon Award recipient.

It was an exciting, jam-packed night with heartwarming tributes, stellar performances, incredible red carpet looks, and moving speeches. Dive into the highlight reel of the American Music Awards 2022 below, and check out all the best moments and surprises.

Taylor Swift made AMAs history

Taylor Swift made a clean sweep at the 2022 AMAs, winning all six of the awards she was nominated for: Favorite Music Video, Favorite Female Pop Artist, Favorite Pop Album, Favorite Country Album, Favorite Female Country Album, and Artist of the Year. Last night's six wins solidified Taylor as the most-awarded artist in American Music Awards history — following her are Michael Jackson with 26 wins and Whitney Houston with 22.

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“I have the fans to thank, essentially, for my happiness,” Taylor said in her acceptance speech for the night's biggest prize, Artist of the Year. “And I love you more than I can say. I cannot express how unbelievable it is to me that I still get to do this and that you still care. So, thank you, underlined with 13 exclamation points.”

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GloRilla brought out surprise guest Cardi B

2023 Grammy nominee and rap's newest superstar GloRilla made her AMAs debut with a performance of her hit song “Tomorrow." She turned the energy of the crowd up two full notches when she brought out surprise guest Cardi B — the two rappers shut down the stage with a performance of their collab, the remix “Tomorrow 2.” Cardi and Glo's synchronized choreography will give you enough serotonin for the rest of the week, guaranteed.

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Sabrina Carpenter couldn't hold her Swiftie in

While acting as one of the presenters for the 2022 AMA for Favorite Music Video, Sabrina Carpenter just couldn't hold her Swiftie in, yelling Taylor's name into the mic with a grin. There were already enough cute shots of the singer-songwriters throughout the night as they sat next to each other in the audience, but Sabrina and Taylor's on-stage embrace was the adorable cherry on top of a Swiftie dream.

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Kim Petras shared moving words on the Club Q tragedy

Before unveiling the winner for Favorite Pop Song, presenter Kim Petras shared a warm tribute to the victims of the Club Q tragedy. One day before the awards, on November 19, a gunman killed five people and injured at least 18 in a mass shooting at Club Q, an LGBTQ+ nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colorado. 

“I can't stop thinking about Colorado today,” said the “Unholy” singer candidly. "Gay clubs raised me, basically. And I can confidently say that no one loves pop music more than gay clubs. So, my heart goes out to you.”

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Dove Cameron dedicated her win to the queer community

Dove Cameron took home the 2022 AMA for New Artist of the Year, and her acceptance speech was genuine and deeply moving. Dove also performed at this year's awards, gracing the stage with a rendition of her smash hit “Boyfriend."

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“This is so meaningful to me. I want to start by saying that every award I ever win will always be first and foremost dedicated to the queer community at large,” said Dove. “You guys have carved out such a space for me to be myself and to write music about it and 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.”

The former Disney star and “Bad Idea” singer continued: “On the heels of the tragedy that 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. I want to remind you that you are made absolutely right, and you are so loved and so held, and I want to thank you for supporting me. Thank you for holding the space — I’m holding it for you, too.”

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