Machine Gun Kelly; Photo Courtesy of ABC/AMAs
Machine Gun Kelly; Photo Courtesy of ABC/AMAs

Machine Gun Kelly Crowned Favorite Rock Artist At 2021 American Music Awards

Machine Gun Kelly has been crowned Favorite Rock Artist at the 2021 American Music Awards.

The “Bloody Valentine” singer was on hand to accept the Favorite Rock Artist trophy.

While the winner of this category was originally not going to make the broadcast, the Ohio native said his fans made it clear that they wanted to see the award announced on air during his acceptance speech. 

“Hilarious… Before I accept this award, I wanted to say that [this award] wasn’t going to be televised, but my fans spoke very loudly,” the singer said. “So, I want to give them their credit.”

“I want to accept this for all the aspiring musicians. The ones who desire to play an instrument, wants to rap, wants to sing, not just the rock artists, but all the artists who are rock stars, if you know what I mean.”

“Lastly, I just want to say this, I read a headline that said the age of the rock star is dead, but looks pretty alive to me,” he concluded. 

Also nominated in the category were Foo Fighters, All Time Low, AJR and Glass Animals.

While his girlfriend actress Megan Fox was out filming a new movie, Machine Gun Kelly walked the red carpet in style alongside his 12-year-old daughter, Casie Colson Baker.

Casie Colson Baker and Machine Gun Kelly; Photo by ABC
Casie Colson Baker and Machine Gun Kelly; Photo by ABC

The 2021 American Music Awards also featured performances from Olivia Rodrigo, Bad Bunny with Tainy and Juliete Venegas, Kane Brown, Jason Aldean and Carrie Underwood, BTS, Coldplay, Silk Sonic, Jennifer Lopez, New Edition, New Kids on the Block, Diplo, Måneskin, Mickey Guyton, Tyler, the Creator, Walker Hayes, and Zoe Wees.

The awards ceremony also featured a star-studded list of presenters, including Machine Gun Kelly, Brandy, Ansel Elgort and Rachel Zegler, Anthony Ramos, Billy Porter, D-Nice, Drew Lachey, Joey Fatone and Shawn Stockman, JB Smoove, JoJo Siwa, Liza Koshy, Marsai Martin, Madelyn Cline, Michelle Young, and Winnie Harlow.

Sponsored by Xfinity, the 2021 American Music Awards is produced by MRC Live & Alternative and Jesse Collins Entertainment.

Hosted by Cardi B, the American Music Awards aired live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles at 8/7c on ABC.

The show will stream again on Monday, November 22, 2021, via Hulu.

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