American Music Awards 2022: The winners

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The 2022 American Music Awards aired Sunday night on ABC. Here’s the complete list of winners:

ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Taylor Swift

NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Dove Cameron

COLLABORATION OF THE YEAR
Elton John & Dua Lipa “Cold Heart -PNAU Remix”

FAVORITE TOURING ARTIST
Coldplay

FAVORITE MUSIC VIDEO
Taylor Swift, “All Too Well (Taylor’s Version)”

FAVORITE MALE POP ARTIST
Harry Styles

FAVORITE FEMALE POP ARTIST
Taylor Swift

FAVORITE POP DUO OR GROUP
BTS

FAVORITE POP ALBUM
Taylor Swift Red (Taylor’s Version)

FAVORITE POP SONG
Harry Styles, “As It Was”

FAVORITE DANCE/ELECTRONIC ARTIST
Marshmello

FAVORITE SOUNDTRACK
ELVIS

FAVORITE K-POP ARTIST
BTS

FAVORITE MALE COUNTRY ARTIST
Morgan Wallen

FAVORITE FEMALE COUNTRY ARTIST
Taylor Swift

FAVORITE COUNTRY DUO OR GROUP
Dan + Shay

FAVORITE COUNTRY ALBUM
Taylor Swift, Red (Taylor’s Version)

FAVORITE COUNTRY SONG
Morgan Wallen, “Wasted on You”

FAVORITE MALE HIP-HOP ARTIST
Kendrick Lamar

FAVORITE FEMALE HIP-HOP ARTIST
Nicki Minaj

FAVORITE HIP-HOP ALBUM
Kendrick Lamar, Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers

FAVORITE HIP-HOP SONG
Future ft. Drake & Tems, “WAIT FOR U”

FAVORITE MALE R&B ARTIST
Chris Brown

FAVORITE FEMALE R&B ARTIST
Beyoncé

FAVORITE R&B ALBUM
Beyoncé, Renaissance

FAVORITE R&B SONG
Wizkid ft. Tems, “Essence”

FAVORITE AFROBEATS ARTIST
Wizkid

FAVORITE ROCK ARTIST
Machine Gun Kelly

FAVORITE ROCK SONG
Måneskin, “Beggin’”

FAVORITE ROCK ALBUM
Ghost, Impera

FAVORITE MALE LATIN ARTIST
Bad Bunny

FAVORITE FEMALE LATIN ARTIST
Anitta

FAVORITE LATIN DUO OR GROUP
Yahritza Y Su Esencia

FAVORITE LATIN ALBUM
Bad Bunny, Un Verano Sin Ti

FAVORITE LATIN SONG
Sebastián Yatra, “Dos Oruguitas”

FAVORITE GOSPEL ARTIST
Tamela Mann

FAVORITE INSPIRATIONAL ARTIST
for KING & COUNTRY

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Taylor Swift, Beyoncé, Morgan Wallen among early American Music Award winners

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The American Music Awards are happening tonight live on ABC, starting at 8 p.m. ET, but ahead of the show, winners in 26 categories have been announced.

So far, the big winner is Taylor Swift, who’s captured three trophies, as well as Beyoncé, rapper Kendrick Lamar, Latin superstar Bad Bunny and country star Morgan Wallen, each with two.  Other winners include Ghost, Elton John, Nicki Minaj and Coldplay.

Swift is nominated in an additional three categories tonight, and if she wins them, she’ll become the most decorated artist in AMA history.

The American Music Awards, hosted by Wayne Brady, will feature performances by Pink, Imagine Dragons, Carrie Underwood, Stevie Wonder and more.

Here are all the pre-show winners:

ARTIST AWARDS
Collaboration of the Year: Elton John & Dua Lipa “Cold Heart – PNAU Remix”
Favorite Dance/Electronic Artist: Marshmello
Favorite Female Country Artist: Taylor Swift
Favorite Female Hip-Hop Artist: Nicki Minaj
Favorite Female Pop Artist: Taylor Swift
Favorite Female R&B Artist: Beyoncé
Favorite Gospel Artist: Tamela Mann
Favorite Inspirational Artist: for KING & COUNTRY
Favorite Latin Duo or Group: Yahritza Y Su Esencia
Favorite Male Country Artist: Morgan Wallen
Favorite Male Hip-Hop Artist: Kendrick Lamar
Favorite Male Latin Artist: Bad Bunny
Favorite Male Pop Artist: Harry Styles
Favorite Pop Duo Or Group: BTS
Favorite Touring Artist: Coldplay

ALBUM AWARDS
Favorite Country Album: Taylor Swift, Red (Taylor’s Version)
Favorite Hip-Hop Album: Kendrick Lamar, Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers
Favorite Latin Album: Bad Bunny, Un Verano Sin Ti
Favorite R&B Album: Beyoncé, Renaissance
Favorite Rock Album: Ghost, Impera
Favorite Soundtrack: ELVIS

SONG AWARDS
Favorite Country Song: Morgan Wallen, “Wasted On You”
Favorite Latin Song: Sebastián Yatra, “Dos Oruguitas”

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Nashville notes: Keith Urban’s music video, Scotty McCreery takes ‘Same Truck’ deluxe + more

Keith Urban just released the music video for his newest song, “Street Called Main.” It was filmed in Portland, Tennessee.

The deluxe version of Scotty McCreery’s Same Truck album arrived on Friday. The new release adds six songs to the original track list.

Blanco Brown and rapper T.I. are planning to release a collaborative album. They put out a new song off the upcoming project called “Trap Still Bumpin’” on Friday.

Brian Kelley released a new song Friday called “Florida Strong.” It’s a tribute to his home state, and through the end of this year, 100% of the royalties from the song will be split equally between the American Red Cross and the Florida Disaster Fund in support of hurricane relief.

Stagecoach Festival has announced its 2023 Palomino Stage lineup, featuring performances from Americana and roots acts like Tyler Childers, Turnpike Troubadours, Marty Stuart and more. The festival — headlined by Luke Bryan, Kane Brown and Chris Stapleton — will take place in April.

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Blake Shelton, Jimmie Allen, Dan + Shay + more will be spending Christmas in Rockefeller Center

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Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani are among the stars bringing holiday cheer to New York City this season, as they sign on for NBC’s annual Christmas in Rockefeller tree lighting and special.

“This is one of those things you grew up hearing about,” Gwen explains to TODAY. “I was from Los Angeles, so I never went to New York when I was a little girl. So it’s even a bigger deal for me to be here and be part of this.”

The duo — who are performing their festive duet, “You Make it Feel Like Christmas” — are one of a number of performing acts with country connections.

Jimmie Allen, Dan + Shay, Brett Eldredge and Mickey Guyton are all also a part of the holiday special.

Plenty of razzle-dazzle will be furnished by stars from other genres, too. Alicia Keys, The Shindellas, Katharine McPhee and the Muppets of Sesame Street are all also on the bill.

2022 marks the 90th annual iteration of the Rockefeller Center tree lighting tradition. The ceremony dates back to 1933, and Rockefeller Center has been putting Christmas trees in its plaza since 1931.

The Christmas in Rockefeller Center special airs November 30 from 8 to 10 p.m. ET. After that, the tree will be lit every day through Christmas from 6 a.m. to 12 a.m. ET.

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Carly Pearce shares some snapshots as she starts her next record: “I can’t wait to share where I am”

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After dropping several hints about new music on the way, Carly Pearce is ready to formally start her next chapter.

The singer is currently in the studio working on her next record. She shared some snapshots of the process with her fans, and a note that reflects on what’s going on in her life, both musically and personally.

“I told y’all I’ve been loving what I’ve been writing — so it’s time to start the next record, which we did this week,” Carly wrote alongside the images. “So much has changed in my life, for the good. I can’t wait to share where I am.”

In the pictures she shared, we see Carly standing at a microphone and in conversation with her collaborators. The final shot is a close-up image of a page of music, the phrase “We Don’t Fight Anymore” written across the top of the page.

When Carly’s next album arrives, it will be the follow-up to 29: Written in Stone, a batch of songs that chronicle the loss, heartbreak and grief she experienced during a challenging couple of years. Those years were dominated by a few major events in her life, including her divorce from fellow singer Michael Ray and the death of her longtime producer, Busbee.

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Brothers Osborne to headline free SEC Championship Concert performance

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Brothers Osborne are celebrating the SEC Championship Game early next month with a headlining performance at the T-Mobile SEC Championship Concert, PR Newswire reports.

“Pumped to take part in the South’s second favorite holiday in December, the SEC Championship game. It’s going to be one hell of a game,” says John Osborne, one half of the sibling duo.

The band’s SEC Championship Concert appearance is the latest in an exciting string of events for Brothers Osborne. Most recently, they unveiled the launch of their WhiskeyPig Legends whiskey line.

The brothers’ SEC Championship Concert will be free and open to the public for all fans, no ticket to the game required. It will take place on December 3 — ahead of the big game — at Atlanta’s Georgia World Congress Center at 12 p.m. ET.

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“High Note”: Dierks Bentley’s new Billy Strings collab features the who’s who of bluegrass greats

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Dierks Bentley leans into his rootsy side in “High Note,” a duet with Grammy-winning bluegrass star Billy Strings.

Billy provides raucous vocal harmony on this twangy barnburner, and that isn’t all: He also demonstrates his famed guitar chops with a special instrumental feature. In fact, the song doubles as an all-star bluegrass jam session, with the legendary Jerry Douglas on dobro, Sam Bush on mandolin and acoustic flatpicker Bryan Sutton furnishing another guitar line.

It was Bryan who first introduced Dierks to Billy’s talents about seven years ago, the country star explains in a statement, saying that it started with a comment from Bryan that “the future of bluegrass was in good hands.”

Dierks continues, “I’ve cut songs like this since my first record, and I knew I wanted to have [Billy] on this one, I’m such a huge fan. It was a lot of fun to have him, Jerry, Sam and Bryan all passing licks around — having them all on this record means a lot to me personally.”

“High Note” follows “Gold,” the first single off of Dierks’ upcoming new album.

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Shania Twain to receive the Music Icon Award at the 2022 People’s Choice Awards

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Shania Twain is getting a special honor at the upcoming People’s Choice Awards.

The superstar will receive the Music Icon Award in recognition of her historic, four-decade-long career as the best-selling female country-pop artist of all time.

“I’m so incredibly honored to be named Music Icon,” Shania says in a statement. “I have some of the greatest fans in the world. They have supported me since the early days, and it’s their love and passion that keeps me going. I’m thrilled to go back on tour and bring my new music and fan favorites to them, and what better way to start than at the People’s Choice Awards!”

Shania is gearing up to launch her Queen of Me Tour in 2023 after her new album — of the same name — drops in early February.

In addition to getting a special honor at the People’s Choice Awards, Shania is also planning to perform a medley of her greatest hits at the awards show.

The show will take place December 6 at 9 p.m. ET in Santa Monica, California. It will air simultaneously on NBC and E!, with a special pre-show red carpet broadcast airing on E! at 7 p.m ET.

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The great cranberry sauce debate: Thomas Rhett + more weigh in on this controversial Thanksgiving dish

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Thanksgiving is just around the corner, which means that lots of country stars are headed home for the holidays and, of course, a big family meal.

But if you’re planning to bring cranberry sauce to your Thanksgiving party, be warned — it’s a pretty polarizing dish. Dinner guests tend to either love or hate it, and country stars are no different.

If you’re headed to Conner Smith or Gary LeVox’s house for Thanksgiving, you better come prepared with a green bean casserole or a pumpkin pie instead, because neither of them are fans of cranberry.

“Cranberry sauce doesn’t do anything for me. I’ve never looked at that and wanted to eat it,” Conner says in an interview with his record label.

“I could just care less about the cranberry sauce, I really could,” Gary agrees in a separate interview.

Brett Young’s not a fan either — though it’s a “tradition” for his family, he tells CMT, so it’s usually on the table. 

Thomas Rhett admits he’s just confused about why the dish is part of Thanksgiving dinner at all. “I need to probably go back into the history books to understand why, but that is one item that I skip over every time,” he says.

But don’t throw out that can of cranberry sauce, especially if Carly Pearce is your Thanksgiving dinner guest. She says it’s always on her “perfect Thanksgiving plate” along with turkey, dressing, gravy, sweet potato and pie.

And if you’re anything like Trisha Yearwood, maybe you’ll just update your cranberry sauce into something a little more refined. Check out her cranberry relish recipe for a fresh twist on a holiday staple.

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Zac Brown is “on call” anytime Dolly decides she’s ready to rock

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Dolly Parton is now a bona fide rocker after her induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame a couple weeks ago. This Saturday, you can check out the ceremony when it premieres on HBO.

For the once-in-a-lifetime honor, Dolly asked Zac Brown Band to back her up.

“Yeah, that was a privilege,” Zac tells ABC Audio. “We got to be Dolly’s band for her Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction, and it was surreal. She’s so good still. So beautiful, so sweet.”

“And everybody that was there came and sat in with us,” he adds. “You know, it was pretty insane. It was definitely one of those kind of pinch yourself moments. Those are the milestones for me, getting to share the stage with people that meant so much to me.”

The “Out in the Middle” hitmaker even admits to being a little starstruck.

Judas Priest, they were awesome. Rob [Halford] was super nice,” Zac recalls. “Annie LennoxLionel RichieEminem — it was insane. Carly Simon. And all the people that were there doing the speeches and actually presenting the awards, too, you know: [BruceSpringsteen, [JohnMellencampBrandi CarlilePink. It was pretty insane, the whole thing.”

And if Dolly should desire Zac’s talents when she makes the potential rock album she’s been teasing?

“Absolutely, yeah! I’m on call for Dolly whenever she needs it,” he says. 

See Dolly and ZBB’s performance together Saturday at 8 p.m. ET when the 2022 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony streams on HBO.

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