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American Music Awards 2021: Machine Gun Kelly wins favorite rock artist


The 2021 American Music Awards rocked Los Angeles’ Microsoft Theater Sunday night, with Machine Gun Kelly taking home the honor of favorite rock artist.

“Hilarious,” MGK said while staring down at the mic that was definitely not adjusted to his height.  The nearly six-foot-four star then picked up the stand to continue his speech, revealing the award “wasn’t going to be televised, but my fans spoke loudly.  So, I want to give them their credit.”

During his speech, the “My Ex’s Best Friend” singer also shouted out “all the aspiring musicians, the one who desires to play an instrument, wants to rap, wants to sing — not just the rock artists, but all the artists who are rock stars.”

I read a headline that said the age of the rockstar is dead,” he said in closing before holding up his award, “But looks pretty alive to me.”

AJRAll Time LowFoo Fighters and Glass Animals were also nominated for the honor.

AJR and Glass Animals also represented in the favorite pop duo or group category, but lost to the K-pop group BTS.

Måneskin, who were up for favorite trending song, flew all the way from Italy to perform their hit “Beggin'” for the first time before an American audience.

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