Country pop singer Taylor Swift and Adele dominated the American Music Awards by walking away with three trophies each. Swift, 21, ruled the country music categories, taking home the Favorite Female Artist and Favorite Album for Speak Now, as well as the coveted Artist of the Year honor.
“I wrote this album while I was on the Fearless tour and so I ended up writing lots of these songs at four in the morning in hotel rooms… And the fact that you would honor it in this way, you just have no idea what this means to me. Thank You!,” Swift said while accepting the award.
I just need to say one more thing. Taylor Swift needs to stop acting so shocked when she wins awards. People like you, they really, really like you.
British soul singer Adele, who was not present at the ceremony as she is recovering from vocal surgery, was named as the Favourite Adult Contemporary Artist and Favourite Pop/Rock Artist, while her record 21 was the top pop/rock album. Other artists who received the awards were Nicki Minaj, who picked up two trophies, and R&B star Rihanna, Beyonce and Jennifer Lopez each scored one.
Katy Perry also took home a special achievement prize for becoming the first woman in the history of pop music to have five number one singles from one album.
The full list of winners is after the jump…
Artist of the Year – Taylor Swift
Sprint New Artist of the Year – Hot Chelle Rae
Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist – Bruno Mars
Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist – Adele
Favorite Pop/Rock Band/Duo/Group – Maroon 5
Favorite Pop/Rock Album – Adele, 21
Favorite Country Female Artist – Taylor Swift
Favorite Country Band/Duo/Group – Lady Antebellum
Favorite Country Album – Taylor Swift, Speak Now
Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Artist – Nicki Minaj
Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Album – Nicki Minaj, Pink Friday
Favorite Soul/R&B Female Artist – Beyonce
Favorite Soul/R&B Album – Rihanna, Loud
Favorite Alternative Artist – Foo Fighters
Favorite Adult Contemporary Artist – Adele
Favorite Latin Artist – Jennifer Lopez
Special Award – Katy Perry