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30Pop diva Taylor Swift was named Artist of
the Year at the American Music Awards (AMA) Sunday, while other big winners include
British boy band One Direction and crooner Justin Timberlake.

Swift, who took to the stage in a shiny golden mini-dress, also won favorite country artist and
favorite country album for “Red” at the AMAs, which are voted on by the public.

Other highlights included typically idiosyncratic
performances by Lady Gaga and Miley Cyrus, who wrapped up the
three-hour show by singing her hit “Wrecking Ball” with a giant crying kitten.

Katy
Katy Perry opened the show on a Japanese theme, emerging
demurely from behind a geisha- girl flanked screen in a kimono
before launching into her latest hit “Unconditionally.”
Timberlake was the first winner of the show, aired live from the Nokia Theatre in downtown Los Angeles and hosted by Latino rapper Pitbull, taking favorite pop/rock male prize.
He also won best R&B/Soul album and 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, and 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.

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”

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