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Diplo spins Slipknot’s “Wait and Bleed” as Machine Gun Kelly is introduced at the American Music Awards

Posted by Ramon Gonzales in News on November 23, 2021

The DJ/Producer trusted to provide the soundtrack for the evening managed to sneak in some metal into the broadcast.

The 49th edition of the American Music Awards took place over the weekend with a host music’s biggest stars all convening at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles to honor the year’s standouts. 

Hosted by pop culture fixture and hip hop superstar Cardi B, the event also featured Diplo as the house DJ for the evening, selecting the soundtrack for the night in between presenters and performances. 

It was especially brief but for those that might have missed it, Diplo managed to slide in some selections that were surprising for the network television broadcast. Possibly injecting a bit of his own personal taste in the ceremony, Diplo also flexed his versatility when he dropped some metal into the set.

Arguably the best-timed bumper music drop happened when Machine Gun Kelly took to the stage to help present the ‘New Artist of the Year’ award. As MGK emerged onstage the first bars of Slipknot’s “Wait and Bleed” can be heard. The selection underscored Diplo not only has some range but equally a good sense of humor.

Machine Gun Kelly would go on to take home the hardware for ‘Favorite Rock Artist’ of the year, edging out the likes of Foo Fighters, Glass Animals, All Time Low, and AJR in the category. During his acceptance, MGK spoke about the success of his crossover album in Tickets To My Downfall and dedicated the win to emerging artists, “all the aspiring musicians – the one who wants to play an instrument, wants to rap, wants to sing. Not just the rock artists, but all the artists who are rock stars.”

Find a complete list the winners from the 2021 American Music Awards below.

ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Ariana Grande

BTS (WINNER)

Drake

Olivia Rodrigo

Taylor Swift

The Weeknd

NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR

24kGoldn

Giveon

Masked Wolf

Olivia Rodrigo (WINNER)

The Kid LAROI

COLLABORATION OF THE YEAR

24kGoldn ft. iann dior “Mood”

Bad Bunny & Jhay Cortez “DÁKITI”

Chris Brown & Young Thug “Go Crazy”

Doja Cat ft. SZA “Kiss Me More” (WINNER) 

Justin Bieber ft. Daniel Caesar & Giveon “Peaches”

FAVORITE TRENDING SONG

Erica Banks “Buss It”

Måneskin “Beggin’”

Megan Thee Stallion “Body” (WINNER)

Olivia Rodrigo “drivers license”

Popp Hunna “Adderall (Corvette Corvette)”

FAVORITE MUSIC VIDEO

Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak) “Leave The Door Open”

Cardi B “Up”

Lil Nas X “MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)” (WINNER) 

Olivia Rodrigo “drivers license”

The Weeknd “Save Your Tears”

FAVORITE MALE POP ARTIST

Drake

Ed Sheeran (WINNER) 

Justin Bieber

Lil Nas X

The Weeknd

FAVORITE FEMALE POP ARTIST

Ariana Grande

Doja Cat

Dua Lipa

Olivia Rodrigo

Taylor Swift (WINNER)

FAVORITE POP DUO OR GROUP

AJR

BTS (WINNER)

Glass Animals

Maroon 5

Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak)

FAVORITE POP ALBUM

Ariana Grande “Positions”

Dua Lipa “Future Nostalgia”

Olivia Rodrigo “SOUR”

Taylor Swift “evermore” (WINNER)

The Kid LAROI “F*CK LOVE”

FAVORITE POP SONG

BTS “Butter” (WINNER)

Doja Cat ft. SZA “Kiss Me More”

Dua Lipa “Levitating”

Olivia Rodrigo “drivers license”

The Weeknd & Ariana Grande “Save Your Tears (Remix)”

FAVORITE MALE COUNTRY ARTIST

Chris Stapleton

Jason Aldean

Luke Bryan (WINNER) 

Luke Combs

*Morgan Wallen

FAVORITE FEMALE COUNTRY ARTIST

Carrie Underwood (WINNER) 

Gabby Barrett

Kacey Musgraves

Maren Morris

Miranda Lambert

FAVORITE COUNTRY DUO OR GROUP

Dan + Shay (WINNER) 

Florida Georgia Line

Lady A

Old Dominion

Zac Brown Band

FAVORITE COUNTRY ALBUM

Chris Stapleton “Starting Over”

Gabby Barrett “Goldmine” (WINNER) 

Lee Brice “Hey World”

Luke Bryan “Born Here Live Here Die Here”

*Morgan Wallen “Dangerous: The Double Album”

FAVORITE COUNTRY SONG

Chris Stapleton “Starting Over”

Chris Young & Kane Brown “Famous Friends”

Gabby Barrett “The Good Ones” (WINNER) 

Luke Combs “Forever After All”

Walker Hayes “Fancy Like”

FAVORITE MALE HIP-HOP ARTIST

Drake (WINNER) 

Lil Baby

Moneybagg Yo

Polo G

Pop Smoke

FAVORITE FEMALE HIP-HOP ARTIST

Cardi B

Coi Leray

Erica Banks

Megan Thee Stallion (WINNER) 

Saweetie

FAVORITE HIP-HOP ALBUM

Drake “Certified Lover Boy”

Juice WRLD “Legends Never Die”

Megan Thee Stallion “Good News” (WINNER) 

Pop Smoke “Shoot For The Stars Aim For The Moon”

Rod Wave “SoulFly”

FAVORITE HIP-HOP SONG

Cardi B “Up” (WINNER)

Internet Money ft. Gunna, Don Toliver & NAV “Lemonade”

Lil Tjay ft. 6LACK “Calling My Phone”

Polo G “RAPSTAR”

Pop Smoke “What You Know Bout Love”

FAVORITE MALE R&B ARTIST

Chris Brown

Giveon

Tank

The Weeknd (WINNER) 

Usher

FAVORITE FEMALE R&B ARTIST

Doja Cat (WINNER) 

H.E.R.

Jazmine Sullivan

Jhené Aiko

SZA

FAVORITE R&B ALBUM

Doja Cat “Planet Her” (WINNER) 

Giveon “When It’s All Said And Done… Take Time”

H.E.R. “Back of My Mind”

Jazmine Sullivan “Heaux Tales”

Queen Naija “missunderstood”

FAVORITE R&B SONG

Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak) “Leave The Door Open” (WINNER) 

Chris Brown & Young Thug “Go Crazy”

Giveon “Heartbreak Anniversary”

H.E.R. “Damage”

Jazmine Sullivan “Pick Up Your Feelings”

FAVORITE MALE LATIN ARTIST

Bad Bunny (WINNER) 

J Balvin

Maluma

Ozuna

Rauw Alejandro

FAVORITE FEMALE LATIN ARTIST

Becky G (WINNER)

Kali Uchis

KAROL G

Natti Natasha

ROSALÍA

FAVORITE LATIN DUO OR GROUP

Banda MS de Sergio Lizárraga (WINNER) 

Calibre 50

Eslabon Armado

La Arrolladora Banda El Limón De Rene Camacho

Los Dos Carnales

FAVORITE LATIN ALBUM

Bad Bunny “EL ÚLTIMO TOUR DEL MUNDO” (WINNER)

Kali Uchis “Sin Miedo (del Amor y Otros Demonios)”

KAROL G “KG0516”

Maluma “PAPI JUANCHO”

Rauw Alejandro “Afrodisíaco”

FAVORITE LATIN SONG

Bad Bunny & Jhay Cortez “DÁKITI”

Bad Bunny x ROSALÍA “LA NOCHE DE ANOCHE”

Farruko “Pepas”

Kali Uchis “telepatía” (WINNER)

Maluma & The Weeknd “Hawái (Remix)”

FAVORITE ROCK ARTIST

AJR

All Time Low

Foo Fighters

Glass Animals

Machine Gun Kelly (WINNER)

FAVORITE INSPIRATIONAL ARTIST

CAIN

Carrie Underwood (WINNER) 

Elevation Worship

Lauren Daigle

Zach Williams

FAVORITE GOSPEL ARTIST

Kanye West (WINNER) 

Kirk Franklin

Koryn Hawthorne

Maverick City Music

Tasha Cobbs Leonard

FAVORITE DANCE/ELECTRONIC ARTIST

David Guetta

ILLENIUM

Marshmello (WINNER) 

Regard

Tiësto


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