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‘American Idol’s Gabby Barrett Beats Judge Luke Bryan at the 2021 AMAs

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The 2021 American Music Awards, also known as the AMAs, aired Sunday night on ABC, and a few talent show judges and former contestants won big at the event. American Idol finalist Gabby Barrett had an especially impressive showing with two major awards.

Gabby Barrett, More Stars Win at the AMAs

Former American Idol star Gabby Barrett skyrocketed to stardom after her time on Season 16 of the show, and her success continued at the AMAs, as she won both Favorite Country Album for Goldmine and Favorite Country Song for “The Good Ones.” Barrett beat big names such as Luke Bryan and Chris Stapleton, as well as former The Voice star Morgan Wallen.

American Idol Season 4 winner Carrie Underwood also took home two awards Sunday night, in addition to performing during the broadcast. Underwood won both Favorite Female Country Artist and Favorite Inspirational Artist.

Idol judge Bryan also took home the Favorite Male Country Artist title. Moving away from American Idol, this season’s The Voice Mega Mentor Ed Sheeran also walked away with an award for Favorite Male Pop Artist, with his friend and former Mega Mentor Taylor Swift winning Favorite Female Pop Artist and Favorite Pop Album for Evermore.



Carrie Underwood, Jason Aldean Perform ‘If I Didn’t Love You’

In addition to winning two awards on Sunday night, Carrie Underwood also performed. She joined Jason Aldean (who served as a Battle Advisor this season on The Voice) to sing their track “If I Didn’t Love You” as part of the event’s “My Hometown” segment.

Underwood and Aldean performed on an outdoor stage in downtown Nashville. Aldean played piano while he sang, and Underwood stood nearby in a dramatic black gown. The stage floor was decorated with chandeliers, and the pair was backed up by a band.

Sunday night’s event also featured a performance from New Kids on the Block, who shared the AMAs stage with band New Edition in the Battle of Boston, singing some of their most iconic tracks like “You Got It (The Right Stuff)” and “Candy Girl.”

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