Katy Perry's stunning American Music Awards performance was dedicated to her father

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Katy Perry dedicated her American Music Awards performance to her father, Keith Hudson.

The 36-year-old singer returned to the stage for the first time since welcoming her daughter Daisy Dove Bloom - whose father is actor Orlando Bloom - into the world in August.

Katy was joined by former Hootie and the Blowfish frontman Darius Rucker for a “reimagined” rendition of her track Only Love from her latest LP Smile.

Ahead of the debut performance of the track at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles, the pop megastar revealed the performance was a tribute to her parent.

Alongside a snap of Katy as a baby in her dad's arms, she wrote on Instagram: "tonight’s @amas performance is for my father (sic)"

The AMAs - which were hosted by Taraji P. Henson - featured a number of dazzling performances from the likes of Dua Lipa, The Weeknd, Megan Thee Stallion, Nelly, and BTS.

Dua - who couldn't be in Los Angeles due to travel restrictions amid the coronavirus pandemic - wowed as she levitated off the stage at the Royal Albert Hall in London during her performance of her hit single, Levitating.

The Weeknd - who took home three prizes on the night for Favourite Male Soul/R&B Artist, Favourite Soul/R&B Song for Heartless and Favourite Soul/R&B Album for After Hours - performed outside of the venue in downtown LA.

The Blinding Lights hitmaker gave the world premiere performance of In Your Eyes and Save Your Tears with Kenny G.

A street was closed off for the performance, which saw the Canadian musician don bandages on his face as pyrotechnics were set off all around him.

Jennifer Lopez and Maluma put on a smouldering set as they gave the world premiere performance of Pa' Ti and Lonely, which they co-wrote for their upcoming rom-com, Marry Me.

South Korean boy band BTS also dazzled as they performed Life Goes On for the first time, as well as hit single Dynamite at Seoul's Olympic Stadium.

In an evening of firsts, Billie Eilish also performed Therefore I Am for the first time and turned the stage red as she walked through a maze of hallways before joining her brother and producer Finneas and drummer Andrew Marshall.

The evening kicked off with Justin Bieber and Shawn Mendes giving the debut performance of their collaboration Monster, while the former also performed his solo tracks Lonely and Holy.

Taylor Swift, The Weeknd and Dan + Shay were the big winners of the night, taking home three prizes apiece.

The 2020 American Music Awards winners are:

Artist Of The Year

Justin Bieber

Post Malone

Roddy Ricch

Taylor Swift – winner

The Weeknd

New Artist Of The Year

Lewis Capaldi

Doja Cat – winner


Lil Baby

Roddy Ricch

Megan Thee Stallion

Collaboration Of The Year

Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion – ‘WAP’

DaBaby ft. Roddy Ricch – ‘Rockstar’

Dan + Shay with Justin Bieber – ’10,000 Hours’ – winner

Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande – ‘Rain On Me’

Megan Thee Stallion ft. Beyoncé – ‘Savage (Remix)’

Favourite Social Artist

BTS – winner

Billie Eilish


Ariana Grande

NCT 12

Favourite Music Video

Doja Cat – ‘Say So’

Future ft. Drake – ‘Life Is Good’

Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande – ‘Rain On Me’

Taylor Swift – ‘Cardigan’ – winner

The Weeknd – ‘Blinding Lights’

Favourite Male Artist – Pop/Rock

Justin Bieber – winner

Post Malone

The Weeknd

Favourite Female Artist – Pop/Rock

Dua Lipa

Lady Gaga

Taylor Swift – winner

Favourite Duo or Group – Pop/Rock

BTS – winner

Jonas Brothers

Maroon 5

Favourite Album – Pop/Rock

Harry Styles – ‘Fine Line’ – winner

Taylor Swift – ‘Folklore’

The Weeknd – ‘After Hours’

Favourite Song – Pop/Rock

Lewis Capaldi – ‘Someone You Loved’

Dua Lipa – ‘Don’t Start Now’ – winner

Post Malone – ‘Circles’

Roddy Ricch – ‘The Box’

The Weeknd – ‘Blinding Lights’

Favourite Male Artist – Country

Kane Brown – winner

Luke Combs

Morgan Wallen

Favourite Female Artist – Country

Gabby Barrett

Miranda Lambert

Maren Morris – winner

Favourite Duo or Group – Country

Dan + Shay – winner

Florida Georgia Line

Old Dominion

Favourite Album – Country

Luke Combs – ‘What You See Is What You Get’

Blake Shelton – ‘Fully Loaded: God’s Country’ – winner

Morgan Wallen – ‘If I Know Me’

Favourite Song – Country

Dan + Shay with Justin Bieber – ’10,000 Hours’ – winner

Maren Morris – ‘The Bones’

Blake Shelton with Gwen Stefani – ‘Nobody But You’

Favourite Male Artist – Rap/Hip-Hop


Juice WRLD – winner

Roddy Ricch

Favourite Female Artist – Rap/Hip-Hop

Cardi B

Nicki Minaj – winner

Megan Thee Stallion

Favourite Album – Rap/Hip-Hop

Lil Baby – ‘My Turn’

Lil Uzi Vert – ‘Eternal Atake’

Roddy Ricch – ‘Please Excuse Me For Being Antisocial’ – winner

Favourite Song – Rap/Hip-Hop

Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion – ‘WAP’ – winner

DaBaby ft. Roddy Ricch – ‘Rockstar’

Roddy Ricch – ‘The Box’

Favourite Male Artist – Soul/R&B

Chris Brown

John Legend

The Weeknd – winner

Favourite Female Artist – Soul/R&B

Jhene Aiko

Doja Cat – winner

Summer Walker

Favourite Album – Soul/R&B

Doja Cat – ‘Hot Pink’

Summer Walker – ‘Over It’

The Weeknd – ‘After Hours’ – winner 

Favourite Song – Soul/R&B

Chris Brown ft. Drake – ‘No Guidance’

Summer Walker – ‘Playing Games’

The Weeknd – ‘Heartless’ – winner

Favourite Male Artist – Latin

Bad Bunny – winner

J Balvin


Favourite Female Artist – Latin

Becky G – winner



Favourite Album –  Latin

Anuel AA – ‘Emmanuel’

Bad Bunny – ‘Las que no iban a salir’

Bad Bunny – ‘YHLQMDLG’ – winner

Favourite Song – Latin

Bad Bunny – ‘Vete’

Black Eyed Peas X J Balvin – ‘RITMO (Bad Boys For Life)’

KAROL G & Nicki Minaj – ‘Tusa’ – winner

Favourite Artist – Alternative Rock

Billie Eilish

Tame Impala

Twenty One Pilots – winner

Favourite Artist – Adult Contemporary

Lewis Capaldi

Jonas Brothers – winner

Maroon 5

Favourite Artist – Contemporary Inspirational

Lauren Daigle – winner


Kanye West

Favourite Artist – EDM


Lady Gaga – winner


Favourite Soundtrack

‘Birds Of Prey: The Album’ – winner

‘Frozen 2’

‘Trolls: World Tour’

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