Taylor Swift, Justin Timberlake win big at American Music Awards

Taylor Swift earned the night’s top prize for Artist of the Year and she also took home three additional awards: Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist, Favorite Country Female Artist, and Favorite Country Album.


Taylor Swift, Justin Timberlake, and Rihanna were among the big winners at the American Music Awards last night, November 24 (U.S. time).

Taylor earned the night’s top prize for Artist of the Year, and she also took home three additional awards: Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist, Favorite Country Female Artist, and Favorite Country Album for Red.

Meanwhile, Justin won three gongs following his hugely successful musical comeback earlier this year.

His awards haul included Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist, Favorite Soul/R&B Male Artist, and Favorite Soul/R&B Album for The 20/20 Experience.

Rihanna was overcome with emotion as she took to the stage to accept the first-ever Icon Award at the tender age of 25, which was presented to her by her mother Monica Braithwaite.

Monica said: "I’m so proud of you. I know your journey hasn’t been an easy one, but tonight I admire and applaud you for being so strong and so positive and so humble and so focused. It’s amazing how you manage to take good from all your experiences."

Other big winners at the AMAs included boy band One Direction, who won two awards—Favorite Pop/Rock Band and Favorite Pop/Rock Album for Take Me Home.

Ariana Grande earned the New Artist of the Year prize.

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis won two awards for Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Artist and Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Album for The Heist.

The star-studded bash, which took place at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles, saw performances from Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Justin, Ariana, and more.



2013 American Music Awards winners:



Artist of the Year: Taylor Swift

Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist: Justin Timberlake

Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist: Taylor Swift

Favorite Pop/Rock Band/Duo/Group: One Direction

Favorite Pop/Rock Album: One Direction, Take Me Home

Favorite Country Female Artist: Taylor Swift

Favorite Country Male Artist: Luke Bryan

Favorite Country Band/Duo/Group: Lady Antebellum

Favorite Country Album: Taylor Swift, Red

Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Artist: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Album: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, The Heist

Favorite Adult Contemporary Music Artist: Maroon 5

Favorite Electronic Dance Music Artist: Avicii

Favorite Soul/R&B Male Artist: Justin Timberlake

Favorite Soul/R&B Female Artist: Rihanna

Favorite Soul/R&B Album: Justin Timberlake, The 20/20 Experience

Favorite Adult Contemporary Artist: Imagine Dragons

Favorite Latin Artist: Marc Anthony

New Artist of the Year: Ariana Grande

Single of the Year: Florida Georgia Line feat. Nelly, "Cruise"

Icon Award: Rihanna

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