Taylor Swift, Timberlake win big at American Music Awards

Pop diva Taylor Swift was named Artist of the Year at the American Music Awards (AMA) Sunday, while other big winners included British boy band One Direction and crooner Justin Timberlake.
Timberlake was the first winner of the show, aired live from the Nokia Theatre in downtown Los Angeles & hosted by Latino rapper Pitbull, taking favorite pop/rock male prize. He also won best R&B/Soul album & best male R&B/Soul artist.
One Direction, who sang a stripped down version of their song “Story of My Life,” ended the evening with favorite pop/rock group and favorite pop/rock album for “Take Me Home.”

Rihanna took best female R&B/Soul artist, & was also presented with an AMA Icon award by her mother, who she joked used to say she had “an annoying, husky, little man voice.”

The evening took a brief political turn when best rap/hip-hop album went to Macklemore and Ryan Lewis — who used a satellite link speech from Miami to refer to the notorious killing of black Florida teen Trayvon Martin. “Due to the fact that we are in Florida . . . I want to acknowledge Trayvon Martin and the hundreds & hundreds of kids each year that are dying due to racial profiling and the violence that follows it,” said Macklemore.

ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Taylor Swift

ICON AWARD
Rihanna

NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR PRESENTED BY KOHL’S
Ariana Grande

SINGLE OF THE YEAR
Florida Georgia Line Featuring Nelly, “Cruise”

FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – POP/ROCK
Justin Timberlake

FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – POP/ROCK
Taylor Swift

FAVORITE BAND, DUO OR GROUP – POP/ ROCK
One Direction

FAVORITE ALBUM – POP/ROCK
One Direction, “Take Me Home”

FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – COUNTRY
Luke Bryan

FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – COUNTRY
Taylor Swift

FAVORITE BAND, DUO or GROUP –
COUNTRY
Lady Antebellum

FAVORITE ALBUM – COUNTRY
Taylor Swift, “Red”

FAVORITE ARTIST – RAP/HIP-HOP
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

FAVORITE ALBUM – RAP/HIP-HOP
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, “The Heist”

FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – SOUL/R&B
Justin Timberlake

FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – SOUL/R&B
Rihanna

FAVORITE ALBUM – SOUL/R&B
Justin Timberlake, “The 20/20 Experience”

FAVORITE ARTIST – ALTERNATIVE ROCK
Imagine Dragons

FAVORITE ARTIST – LATIN
Marc Anthony

FAVORITE ARTIST – ELECTRONIC DANCE MUSIC (EDM)
Avicii

FAVORITE ARTIST – ADULT
CONTEMPORARY
Maroon 5

FAVORITE ARTIST – CONTEMPORARY INSPIRATIONAL
Matthew West

TOP SOUNDTRACK
“Pitch Perfect”

Posted by AkinJohn.

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