‘Artist of the Year’ Taylor Swift rules American Music Awards

Taylor Swift poses with the awards at the American Music Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday. AFP

Superstar singer and songwriter Taylor Swift won all six trophies she competed for at the American Music Awards on Sunday, including the night’s grand prize: artist of the year. The new AMA awards brought Swift’s lifetime total to 40, breaking her own record for most wins at the world’s largest fan-voted awards show.

Dressed in a sparkly gold jumpsuit, the ‘Anti-Hero’ singer said the support from her fans had encouraged her to write more music in recent years, which made her happier. “I owe the fans mostly for being lucky,” Swift told a cheering crowd at the ceremony in Los Angeles. “I can’t express how incredible it is to me that I’m still doing this and that you still care,” she added.

The 32-year-old has released four original albums and two re-recordings in the past three years, more than her total output from the previous decade.Songs from her most recent album, ‘Midnights’, reached all top 10 positions on the Billboard Singles Chart after debuting in October. In her multiple speeches on Sunday, Swift made no mention of the disruptions that disrupted Ticketmaster sales for her upcoming tour last week, prompting the company to issue an apology late Friday.

Other accolades for Swift on Sunday included favorite pop album, country album and video for her re-recording of the 2012 record “Red.” The singer has remade albums from her past due to a dispute with her former record label. For artist of the year, Swift triumphed over formidable names including Beyonce, Harry Styles, The Weeknd, Drake, Adele and Bad Bunny, who had gone into the night with a leading eight nominations.

The Puerto Rican rapper and singer received two awards, for Favorite Male Latin Artist and Favorite Latin Album for ‘Un Verano Sin Ti’. Pop singer Pink opened the AMA show dancing and singing on roller skates with her upbeat song “Never Gonna Not Dance Again.” Later at the ceremony, she sang “Hopelessly Devoted to You” in tribute to Olivia Newton-John, the “Grease” singer who died in August.

Musician Lionel Richie, known for “All Night Long” and other 1980s hits, was celebrated with the AMA’s Icon Award. Stevie Wonder and Charlie Puth performed a medley of Richie songs on dueling pianos. Dove Cameron, a former Disney Channel actress who hit the Billboard charts this year with the pop single “Boyfriend,” was named Best New Artist. Comedian and host Wayne Brady rapped in his monologue at the start of the show.

“Nobody’s getting hit tonight,” Brady joked, referring to Will Smith’s infamous attack on Chris Rock at the Oscars. Meanwhile, on Friday morning, Taylor announced that she has added 17 more dates to her “Eras Tour” of US stadiums, bringing the total number of performances to 52. That modified number makes it her biggest tour to date, and one that could easily break her own record for a gross in North America, reports Variety.

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