Taylor Swift Has A Big Night At American Music Awards

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Taylor Swift beat Michael Jackson on Sunday night to become the artist with the most American Music Awards (AMAs).

The singer won four competitive categories and was honoured as Artist of the Decade, bringing her tally to 28. Jackson had 24.

Swift was voted the winner of two of the night’s biggest awards – Artist of the Year and Favourite Pop/Rock Album (for Lover) – and also won Favourite Artist - Adult Contemporary and Favourite Music Video (for "You Need To Calm Down").

Without specifically mentioning her public beef with her former label and its new owner Scott "Scooter" Braun, Swift admitted 2019 “has been a lot of good” [and] “it’s been a lot of complicated.”

Legendary singer-songwriter Carole King, who honoured Swift as Artist of the Decade, said: “The past decade has been incredible for this brilliant artist, and the best is yet to come.”

King noted that Swift “is one of the only modern pop artists whose name appears as the sole songwriter in her song credits.”

She added: “Her lyrics resonate across the generations, her songs touch everyone and her impact around the world is extraordinary.”

Swift dazzled with a medley of hits that included "Shake It Off" with Halsey and Camila Cabello and ended with the title track of her new album Lover.

"That performance was even more fun than I hoped it would be," Swift said, as her parents looked on proudly. "The fact that this is an award that celebrates a decade of hard work and of art and of fun and memories... all that matters to me is the memories that I have had with you guys, you the fans over the years.

"Thank you for being the reason why I am on this stage. I love you with all of my heart. I'm so lucky to get to do this."

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Close behind Swift was Khalid, with three awards: Favourite Male Artist - Pop/Rock, Favourite Soul/R&B Song ("Talk") and Favourite Soul/R&B Album (Free Spirit).

Billie Eilish won her first ever AMA early in the show, picking up the trophy for Favourite Artist - Alternative Rock. “To even be mentioned in this category is insane to me,” said the 17-year-old, who beat Imagine Dragons and Panic! At The Disco. “I cannot believe this.”

Eilish was back at the mic about an hour later to accept the AMA for New Artist of the Year.

Another first-time winner was Halsey, who won Favourite Song - Pop Rock for “Without Me.” At the mic, she singled out the people who voted for her. “I’m thankful to the fans because they’re the people who really give a s**t about music. And I’m thankful to the AMAs for giving those people a voice,” said Halsey. “I’m going to keep making music for them and for us.”

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Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello won Collaboration of the Year for “Señorita.”

“Shout out to Shawn’s mom Karen who’s watching in Toronto,” Cabello said, after thanking fans for their support of the song. Mendes added: “This is amazing.”

It’s the third AMA for Mendes (he was Favourite Adult Contemporary Artist in 2017 and 2018) and the fifth for Cabello. Last year, her hit “Havana” ft. Young Thug won Collaboration of the Year, Video of the Year and Favourite Pop/Rock Song. (Cabello was also named New Artist of the Year in 2018 and, as part of Fifth Harmony, won an AMA in 2016 for Collaboration of the Year, for “Work From Home” ft. Ty Dolla Sign.

BTS was named Favourite Duo or Group - Pop/Rock and won Tour of the Year and Favourite Social Artist.

Post Malone's Hollywood's Bleeding beat out albums by Meek Mill and Travis Scott to win Favourite Album - Rap/Hip-Hop. "Honestly, words cannot express how grateful and thankful I am for everything that y’all have shown me," he said. Malone won two AMAs last year.

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As important as the awards are, the AMAs are all about the live performances. The show got off to a bit of a slow start with Selena Gomez struggling vocally on “Lose You To Love Me” and then barely doing the choreography to “Look at Her Now.”

Lizzo was alone on stage to give an emotionally raw performance of “Jerome” that was aptly followed by Thomas Rhett doing “Look What God Gave Her.”

Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello heated things up with their hit “Señorita” but didn’t reward the audience with an on-stage smooch. Cabello returned for a lacy, racy performance of her new single "Living Proof."

Kesha brought the energy to the AMAs with the rousing “Raise Hell” featuring Big Freedia, followed by her 2009 breakthrough “TiK ToK.”

Seven-time AMA winner, 52-year-old Toni Braxton, showed the young ones how it’s done by belting out a classy version of her 1996 signature hit “Unbreak My Heart.”

Billie Eilish gave a fiery performance of "All the Good Girls Go to Hell" and later returned to the stage to introduce Green Day, who rocked the AMAs crowd.

Halsey's performance of "Graveyard" featured interpretive dancing with a doppelgänger – and a lot of paint. A Great Big World and Christina Aguilera delivered their new single "Fall On Me" – six years after they performed "Say Something" on the AMAs.

The Jonas Brothers paused their concert at Boston's TD Garden to perform "Only Human" live on the AMAs. The band of brothers head north for concerts in Toronto on Tuesday and in Montreal on Wednesday.

Post Malone was the night’s only artist to spit on stage and repeatedly grab his crotch. He warmed up with a rendition of his hit “Circles” before joining Ozzy Osbourne, Travis Scott and Watt for the intense “Take What You Want.”

Shania Twain closed the AMAs with an acoustic mashup of songs by other nominated artists, including Drake's "God's Plan," before launching into a medley of some of her big hits.

In addition to Twain and Mendes, Canada was represented at the AMAs presenters Dan Levy and Cobie Smulders. Drake, who lost in all three categories he was in, did not attend.

Winners of AMAs are determined by fan votes from nominations that are based on “streaming, album and digital song sales, radio airplay, social activity and touring” between Sept. 28, 2018 and Sept. 26, 2019.

Check out the nominees and winners below:

Artist of the Year

Drake

Ariana Grande

Halsey

Post Malone

Taylor Swift - WINNER

Favourite Female Artist - Pop/Rock

Billie Eilish

Ariana Grande

Taylor Swift

Favourite Male Artist - Pop/Rock

Drake

Khalid - WINNER

Post Malone

Favourite Duo or Group - Pop/Rock

BTS - WINNER

Jonas Brothers

Panic! At The Disco

New Artist of the Year

Luke Combs

Billie Eilish - WINNER

Lil Nas X

LIZZO

Ella Mai

Favourite Song - Pop/Rock

“Without Me” - Halsey - WINNER

“Sucker” - Jonas Brothers

“Old Town Road” - Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus

“High Hopes” - Panic! At The Disco

“Sunflower” - Post Malone & Swae Lee

Collaboration of the Year

“Shallow” - Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper

“Old Town Road” - Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus

“Happier” - Marshmello ft. Bastille

“Señorita” - Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello - WINNER

“Sunflower” - Post Malone & Swae Lee

Favourite Song - Soul/R&B

“Talk” - Khalid - WINNER

“Juice” - LIZZO

“Trip” - Ella Mai

Favourite Song - Rap/Hip-Hop

“Old Town Road” - Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus - WINNER

“Wow” - Post Malone

“SICKO MODE” - Travis Scott

Favourite Album - Pop/Rock

When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? - Billie Eilish

thank u, next - Ariana Grande

Lover - Taylor Swift - WINNER

Favourite Album - Rap/Hip-Hop

Championships - Meek Mill

Hollywood’s Bleeding - Post Malone - WINNER

Astroworld - Travis Scott

Favourite Female Artist - Soul/R&B

Beyoncé - WINNER

LIZZO

Ella Mai

Favourite Male Artist - Soul/R&B

Chris Brown

Khalid

Bruno Mars - WINNER

Favourite Artist - Rap/Hip-Hop

Cardi B - WINNER

Drake

Post Malone

Favourite Album - Soul/R&B

Indigo - Chris Brown

Free Spirit - Khalid - WINNER

Ella Mai - Ella Mai

Favourite Artist - Adult Contemporary

Maroon 5

Pink

Taylor Swift - WINNER

Favourite Duo or Group - Country

Dan + Shay - WINNER

Florida Georgia Line

Old Dominion

Favourite Female Artist - Country

Kelsea Ballerini

Maren Morris

Carrie Underwood - WINNER

Favourite Male Artist - Country

Kane Brown - WINNER

Luke Combs

Thomas Rhett

Favourite Song - Country

“Beautiful Crazy” - Luke Combs

“Speechless” - Dan + Shay - WINNER

“God’s Country” - Blake Shelton

Favourite Album - Country

Experiment - Kane Brown

Dan + Shay - Dan + Shay

Cry Pretty - Carrie Underwood - WINNER

Favourite Music Video

“Bad Guy” - Billie Eilish

“7 rings” - Ariana Grande

“Without Me” - Halsey

“Old Town Road” - Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus

“You Need to Calm Down” - Taylor Swift - WINNER

Favourite Social Artist

BTS - WINNER

Ariana Grande

Billie Eilish

EXO

Shawn Mendes

Tour of the Year

BTS - WINNER

Ariana Grande

Elton John

Pink

Ed Sheeran

Favourite Artist - EDM

Avicii

Marshmello - WINNER

The Chainsmokers

Favourite Artist - Latin

Bad Bunny

J Balvin - WINNER

Ozuna

Favourite Soundtrack

A Star Is Born

Bohemian Rhapsody - WINNER

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Favourite Artist - Alternative Rock

Billie Eilish - WINNER

Imagine Dragons

Panic! at the Disco

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