The Weeknd Performs with Kenny G at American Music Awards

Brenda Watkins
November 24, 2020

Canadians Justin Bieber and The Weeknd - the latter sporting a large white face bandage - were the other big winners, with three awards each.

Meanwhile, The Weeknd's incredible 2020 continued, as he picked up the favourite soul/R&B artist award, along with trophies for Favourite Album - Soul/R&B (After Hours) and Favourite Song - Soul/R&B ("Heartless"). "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 to him", he said.

The Weeknd and Roddy Ricch - also nominated for eight awards - will compete for the show's top honor, artist of the year.

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But she was beaten in the best new artist category by Los Angeles singer Doja Cat, who was also named favorite female soul/R&B artist. The performance began with a stripped-down Bieber singing his recent hit "Lonely", with songwriter-producer Benny Blanco on piano, and "Holy", where background dancers wearing masks joined him.

Losing the Artist of the Year award to Swift, Bieber redeemed it with his Dan + Shay collaboration "10,000 Hours", which was named Collaboration of the Year.

The 35-year-old singer looked red hot while presenting the award for Favorite Artist - Soul/R&B to The Weeknd, who appeared on stage with his face covered in bandages. The country-turned-pop superstar grabbed three awards out of her four nominations at the Sunday, November 22 event, including the coveted prize of Artist of the Year.

Becky G, whose parents are Mexican-American, won for best female Latin artist and dedicated her award to immigrant workers.

Nominees are based on streaming, album and digital sales, radio airplay and social activity, and reflect the time period of September 27, 2019, through September 24, 2020.

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