This year’s American Music Awards were true celebration of the art! The star-studded spectacular featured some of the biggest names in music being honored for their achievements and delivering some jaw-dropping live performances. 

From Justin Bieber’s soulful medley of new hits — which came 10 years after he made his AMAs debut with a performance of “Pray” — to Jennifer Lopez and Maluma’s world premiere performance of “Pa’ Ti” and “Lonely,” the night was jam-packed with incredible highlights.

With Taraji P. Henson helming the ceremony, fans also got to see a slew of heartfelt acceptance speeches and powerful messages from some of the night’s big winners.

Here’s the complete 2020 American Music Awards winners list.

Read on for some of the biggest moments from the 2020 AMAs!

Justin Bieber and Shawn Mendes Open the Show

Listen… whatever you think of @JustinBieber, you need to at least respect him. He grew up in the limelight, hit rock bottom, crawled his way back, and made you fall in love with his music once again.

The awards show kicked off with Justin Bieber performing his heartbreaking song, “Lonely” — his emotional collaboration with Benny Blanco — before delivering a lively, romantic performance of “Holy.” The 26-year-old musician was accompanied by a group of backup dancers wearing masks as the group performed under neon purple crosses. The opening number then jumped up a notch as Shawn Mendes joined the fray, strumming a guitar and joining Bieber for a performance of their collaboration/duet, “Monster.”

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Later in the evening, Mendes took the stage by himself for a powerhouse performance of his new song “Wonder,” that left his fans fawning over the 22-year-old musician for his vocal talent and magnetic charm.

Taraji P. Henson Celebrates Music and Dance to Kick Things Off

ICONIC: @tarajiphenson dancing "WAP" to open up the 2020 #AMAs.

The Empire star kicked off the show with a tribute to music, owning the entire stage as she performed and danced with a slew of backup dancers to a few modern mega-hits — including two TikTok favorites, “Savage” and “WAP.” Henson disrobed down to a golden, glittery bodysuit throughout the musical medley performance, and certainly proved that she wasn’t afraid of embracing her wild side.


The Weeknd Wows With Pyrotechnics

VIDEO: @TheWeeknd performs his songs "In Your Eyes" and "Save Your Tears" at the #AMAs.

The 30-year-old singer wowed by performing a special rendition of “In Your Eyes” — featuring the legendary Kenny G — just blocks away from the venue in downtown L.A., on one of the city’s famous bridges over the Los Angeles River. The Weeknd — sporting the same bandaged look he’s been rocking all year, on theme with the promotion for his After Hours album — walked along the bridge as cascades of pyrotechnic sparklers burst into the sky around him. He also performed “Save Your Tears,” which marked the song’s TV debut.

Megan Thee Stallion Shares Self-Love Declaration Before ‘Body’ Performance

I love MY body and NOBODY OWNS IT BUT ME🔥

Megan Thee Stallion turned up the heat with her debut TV performance of her new single, “Body.” Dramatically descending from the sky while reclining in an aerialist’s ring to kick off her set, Megan brought down the house with her enthusiastic, body-positive number. Rocking a skintight black bodysuit, and flanked by backup dancers, Megan brought her trademark style and unapologetic sexuality to the risqué performance.


Nelly Takes Us Back to the 2000s With Performance of His Throwback Hits

Nelly is 46? So in the last 20 years he’s not aged a day and I’ve aged 20 years.

After spending all season on Dancing With the Stars reminding fans why he’s such an iconic entertainer, Nelly hit the AMAs stage for a performance of some of his biggest retro hits from his 2000 album, Country Grammar. The 46-year-old rapper, joined by City Spud, performed his classic hits “Country Grammar,” “E.I.” and “Ride Wit Me” to the absolute delight of the limited, socially distanced audience.

Jennifer Lopez and Maluma Debut Their New Music

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Jennifer Lopez and Maluma took over the stage for the world premiere performances of “Pa’ Ti” and “Lonely” — two of the songs they wrote for their upcoming flick, Marry Me. Lopez looked sensational in a semi-sheer bodysuit as she danced in what appeared to be a Chicago-inspired jail motif for her verse on “Pa’ Ti,” before she was joined by Maluma, looking suave in a pinstripe double-breasted suit, for “Lonely,” and the chemistry between the gorgeous performers was palpable. 

Bell Biv DeVoe Perform ‘Poison’

FUN FACT: I had a Bell Biv DeVoe poster in my room for yearsss! 😎@OfficialBBD#BBD#AMAs

You can’t ever go wrong with a reunion of Bell Biv DeVoe, especially when they are delivering a flawless medley performance of “Poison” and “Do Me.” The nostalgia was next level and more than appreciated.


Check out the video below for more on the star-studded American Music Awards!

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