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Taylor Swift wins Artist of the Year at AMAs 2020

Singer Taylor Swift won Artist of the Year award for the third year in a row at the American Music Awards, but had to skip the ceremony.

In 2019, Swift expressed anger over her former record label, Big Machine Label Group, selling her master recordings to Scooter Braun, who is the manager of singers like Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande. So, she was busy re-recording the albums she made with the label, on November 22, the night of the AMAs, reports

“Thank you so much for this. This is a fan-voted award, which means so much to me. You guys have been beyond wonderful all the years of my career, but especially this one, when we’ve been so far apart, we haven’t been able to see each other in concert, but I still feel really connected to you through the music,” she shared.

“Your reaction to ‘Folklore’ and all the ways in which your imagination honored that album, I just love you so much and am really, really lucky because of you,” she added.

Swift added: “The reason I’m not there tonight is I’m actually re-recording of all my old music, in the studio where we originally recorded it so it’s been amazing, and I can’t wait for you to hear it. Have a great night. I love you so much.”

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Justin Bieber curious about Covid scenario in India

Pop star Justin Bieber is curious about the Covid situation in India, and whether people are wearing masks.

Recently, Bieber held a live session on Instagram, and was joined by Indian Tik Tok star Riyaz Aly. Among other things, they discussed India’s situation during the pandemic.

Bieber, who joined in from home in the US, asked Riyaz: “What’s Covid looking like over there?”

While the video is not clear and is not audible properly due to connection issues, Riyaz replied: “Covid is still going on. Like, a crazy thing is going on.”

To this, Bieber admitted: “Yes, it is pretty crazy.”

He asked if people are wearing masks, to which Riyaz said: “yes”.

“Damn!” Bieber exclaimed.

Bieber recently released his song “Monster” with Shawn Mendes.

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First major US awards show takes place amid pandemic

Lady Gaga dominated the MTV Video Music Awards show on Sunday, with a series of visually arresting outfits, masked performances and four wins, including artist of the year.

Gaga, who went into the show sharing a leading nine nominations with Ariana Grande, stormed the ceremony with multiple costume changes ranging from an exotic bird to a bright green ball gown – all accompanied by exaggerated custom-made face masks and muzzles.

Canadian artist The Weeknd won the top prize, taking video of the year for Blinding Lights. He also took the award for best R&B video for the same song.

The VMAs marked the first major US awards show to take place during the novel coronavirus pandemic. It was filmed without a live audience and with most of the performances recorded in advance because of health guidelines.

Host Keke Palmer opened the ceremony by dedicating it to Black Panther actor Chadwick Boseman, who died on Friday at the age of 43.

In the fan-voted show, Gaga and Grande also won two awards for their collaboration Rain On Me, while Gaga was given a new lifetime achievement trophy, called the Tricon Award.

“This has not been an easy year for a lot of people,” Gaga said. “Stay safe, speak your minds, and I might sound like a broken record but wear a mask.”

America’s national reckoning over systemic racism was also on the minds of performers and presenters after months of street protests over the deaths of Black people at the hands of police.

“It’s our time to be the change we want to see,” said Palmer. “We need to come together, and music has that power.”

The VMAs also recognized essential workers at the frontlines of the outbreak, and handed out trophies to Grande, Justin Bieber and Latin American boy band CNCO for music recorded during novel coronavirus lockdowns.

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