8 standout moments at the 2022 AMAs

The 2022 American Music Awards took place at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday (November 20). The 2022 AMAs were ably hosted by Wayne Brady and saw Taylor Swift win all six of her categories, extending her win as the most awarded artist in AMAs history. Swift now has 40 AMA wins in the show’s 50-year history, putting her ahead of three late icons: Michael Jackson (26 wins), Whitney Houston (22) and Kenny Rogers (19).

Despite the celebratory tone of the evening, the ABC broadcast came less than 24 hours after a gunman opened fire at a gay nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colo. five died and at least 25 injured. Host Bradyperformer/AMA Best New Artist winner Dove Cameron and presenter (not to mention Hot 100 topper) Kim Petras everyone talked about the attack on the LGBTQ community and touched on the senseless tragedy and resilience of the queer community. This meant that while musical performances (and awards, of course) took up the majority of the evening, many of the more impactful moments came from artists who spoke candidly about the tragedy.

Of course, there was still joy to be found, whether it was through the energetic chemistry of surprise guest Cardi B joining Glo Rilla or Taylor Swift standing up for her fans during three AMAs acceptance speeches. Additionally, the longtime friendship between Smokey Robinson and AMA Icon Award recipient Lionel Richie provided a few laughs, even culminating in an all-star sing-along to an ’80s hit with both Richie and Robison on stage.

Watch the best moments from the 2022 AMAs below.

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