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The 49th Annual American Music Awards were held on November 21, 2021, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, recognizing the most popular artists, singles and albums of 2021. Cardi B hosted the ceremony, following Queen Latifah (1995) as the only female rappers in history to do so.

With Cardi B hosting the lavish affair, fans got a chance to see how a true moment-maker like the “WAP” songstress brings a spark of spontaneity and excitement to the role of emcee.

Silk Sonic Opened the Night in Style

Jennifer Lopez Was Angelic.

The 52-year-old superstar began her performance in a dramatic black gown sitting at a piano. She then did a quick and stunning outfit change, wearing a beige tulle dress with a veil. Scenes from the film flashed behind her as she belted out the deep lyrics.

Cardi B Is Just the Best and Realest

The “WAP” rapper made her hosting debut at this year’s show, where she brought down the house with a dramatic ensemble and her signature humor. “Damn this crowd is loud,” she belted as she welcomed everyone to the 2021 AMAs. “I ain’t gonna lie. I’m a little nervous. I’m sweating.”

Zoe Wees Was a Vocal Powerhouse 

The German pop star commanded the stage in the night’s penultimate performance as she served up a moving and impressive delivery of “Girls Like Us.” Surrounded by back-up dancers on a minimalist stage, Zoe proved you don’t need more than lyrics and a stunningly unique voice to steal the spotlight.

BTS Closed Out the Night Just Right

As always, the band delivered the moves and charm that have made them next-level megastars, and the performance served as a great cap to their big night, where they took home three awards for Artist of the Year, Favorite Pop Duo or Group, and Favorite Pop Song — which they earned for “Butter.”

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