Ghost wins inaugural rock category at 2022 American Music Awards

Ghost was one of three rock winners at the American Music Awards on Sunday night (November 20), and while the win will certainly raise their profile, Tobias Forge was still a bit of an unknown at the awards show, smiling a smirking through a viral moment on the AMA carpet of reporters and photographers as he was dubbed “Mr. Ghost” by a photographer.

The American Music Awards have been known to go more pop over the years, often with rock bands transitioning to pop frequently winning the rock awards. So it was a nice surprise this year when Ghost was one of the nominees announced for the inaugural rock album category (the addition of another rock category was also welcome for rock fans who may not have -not always feel well represented at the ceremony).

Ghosts Impera was one of the highest-ranking rock albums of 2022, but it fell into a rock album category that included Coldplay, Imagine Dragons, Machine Gun Kelly, and Red Hot Chili Peppers. But fans voted en masse to secure Ghost’s victory, with Impera taking home the win in the inaugural Favorite Rock Album category.

Chef Tobias Forge even attended the ceremony, sans his Ghost-ly makeup, and walked the carpet. But as previously reported, there was a humorous moment trending on Twitter after the ceremony when a photographer tried to get his attention by calling him “Mr. Ghost.” See that moment below.

Ghosts Impera The album features the Grammy-nominated song “Call Me Mr. Sunshine”, as well as “Hunter’s Moon” and the latest single “Spillways”. The album debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart earlier this year.

Since Forge’s category was called before the show aired, he shared his thoughts on the win and thanks to fans with Billboard. “I’m so happy for the support. I mean it’s literally their night thanks to their efforts and their votes. I couldn’t be more grateful and humbled. I mean we were up against some pretty fierce competition , so yeah, it’s amazing.”

When asked who he was excited to see, Forge said he hoped to see one of the other rock bands play, while he and the interviewer seemed unsure if there were any.

Ghost’s win in the favorite rock album category wasn’t the only rock accolade handed out during the night. Other rock winners included Machine Gun Kelly for Favorite Rock Artist and Maneskin’s “Beggin'” for Favorite Rock Song. MGK also made a notable fashion choice by wearing a purple suit with metallic porcupine spikes sticking out of it.

All of the 2022 American Music Awards winners can be viewed below and be sure to check out PopCrush’s recap here.

FAVORITE ROCK ARTIST
imagine Dragons
The Luminous
Machine Gun Kelly—WINNER!
Maneskin
Hot red peppers

FAVORITE ROCK SONG
Kate Bush – “Run Up That Hill (A Deal With God)”
Foo Fighters – “Love Dies Young”
Imagine Dragons x JID – “Enemy”
Måneskin – “Beggin'” – WINNER!
Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Black Summer”

FAVORITE ROCK ALBUM
Cold game – Music of the spheres
Phantom – Impera — WINNER!
Imagine Dragons – Mercury – Act 1
Machine Gun Kelly – General public sale
Spicy red peppers – Unlimited love

ARIST OF THE YEAR
Adele
bad bunny
Beyonce
Duck
Harry Styles
Taylor Swift – WINNER!
The weekend

NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Dove Cameron – WINNER!
gayle
Steve Lacy
Latte
Maneskin

COLLABORATION OF THE YEAR
Future featuring Drake and Tems – “Wait For U”
Carolina Gaitán, Mauro Castillo, Adassa, Rhenzy Feliz, Diane Guerrero, Stephanie Beatriz and the Cast of Encanto – “We’re Not Talking About Bruno”
Elton John and Dua Lipa – “Cold Heart (Pnau remix)” – WINNER!
Kid Laroi and Justin Bieber – “Stay”
Lil Nas X featuring Jack Harlow – “Industry Baby”

FAVORITE TOURING ARTIST
bad bunny
Coldplay—WINNER!
Elton John
The rolling stones
Ed Sheeran

FAVORITE MUSIC VIDEO
Adele – “Easy With Me”
Bad Bunny featuring Chencho Corleone – “Me Porto Bonito”
Lil Nas X featuring Jack Harlow – “Industry Baby”
Harry Styles – “As It Was”
Taylor Swift – Too good: the short film – WINNER!

FAVORITE MALE POP ARTIST
bad bunny
Duck
Ed Sheeran
Harry Styles – WINNER!
The weekend

FAVORITE FEMALE POP ARTIST
Adele
Beyonce
Doja Cat
Lizzo
Taylor Swift – WINNER!

FAVORITE POP DUO OR GROUP
BTS—WINNER!
cold play
imagine Dragons
Maneskin
a republic

FAVORITE POP ALBUM
Adele – 30
Bad bunny – A Verano Sin Ti
Beyonce- Renaissance
Harry Styles- Harry’s house
Taylor Swift – Red (Taylor’s version) — WINNER!
The weekend – Dawn FM

FAVORITE POP SONG
Adele – “Easy With Me”
Carolina Gaitán, Mauro Castillo, Adassa, Rhenzy Feliz, Diane Guerrero, Stephanie Beatriz and the Cast of Encanto – “We’re Not Talking About Bruno”
Kid Laroi and Justin Bieber – “Stay”
Lizzo – “About Fucking Time”
Harry Styles – ‘As It Was’ – WINNER!

FAVORITE MALE HIP-HOP ARTIST
Duck
Coming
Kendrick Lamar—WINNER!
Little baby
Lil Durk

FAVORITE HIP-HOP FEMALE ARTIST
Cardi B
GloRilla
Latte
Megan you stallion
Nicki Minaj—WINNER!

FAVORITE HIP-HOP ALBUM
Coming – I never loved you
Gunna- DS4Ever
Kendrick Lamar– Mr. Morale and Big Steps — WINNER!
Lil Durk– 7220
Polo G– Hall of Fame 2.0

FAVORITE HIP-HOP SONG
Future with Drake and Tems – “Wait For U” – WINNER!
Jack Harlow – “First Class”
Kodak Black – “Super Gremlin”
Latto – “Great Energy”
Lil Nas X featuring Jack Harlow – “Industry Baby”

FAVORITE MALE R&B ARTIST
Chris Brown—WINNER!
Brent Faiyaz
Overlook
lucky day
The weekend

FAVORITE FEMALE R&B ARTIST
Beyoncé — WINNER!
Doja Cat
Muni long
SZA
summer walker

FAVORITE R&B ALBUM
Beyonce- Renaissance — WINNER!
Drake – Honestly, it doesn’t matter
Sonic Silk (Bruno Mars & Anderson .Paak) – An Evening with Silk Sonic
Summer walker – always on it
The weekend – Dawn FM

FAVORITE R&B SONG
Beyoncé – “Break My Soul” – WINNER!
Muni Long – “Hours and Hours”
Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars & Anderson .Paak) – “Smoke Out the Window”
SZA – “I Hate You”
Wizkid featuring Tems – “Essence”

FAVORITE MALE LATIN ARTIST
Bad Bunny – WINNER!
farruko
J Balvin
jhayco
Rauw Alejandro

FAVORITE LATIN ARTIST
Anita — WINNER!
Becky G
Kali Uchis
Karl G.
Rosalia

FAVORITE LATIN DUO OR GROUP
Banda MS by Sergio Lizárraga
Caliber 50
Eslabon Armado
Group Firm
Yahritza Y Su Esencia — WINNER!

FAVORITE LATIN ALBUM
Bad bunny – A Verano Sin Ti — WINNER!
Farruko– The 167
J.Balvin – Jose
Rauw Alejandro – Vice versa
Rosalie – Motomami

FAVORITE LATIN SONG
Bad Bunny featuring Chencho Corleone – “Me Porto Bonito”
Becky G x Karol G – “Mamii”
Karol G – “Provenza”
Rauw Alejandro – “Todo de Ti”
Sebastián Yatra – “Dos Oruguitas” – WINNER!

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