Taylor Swift is Queen of the American Music Awards

The singer surpassed the late Michael Jackson's previous record of 24 accolades

Taylor Swift is Queen of the American Music Awards
Taylor Swift is Queen of the American Music Awards
25 Nov 2019

Taylor Swift is Queen of the American Music Awards

Taylor Swift smashed the record for the number of American Music Award wins after taking home six prizes from the ceremony on Sunday (24.11.19).

The 'Lover' singer surpassed the late Michael Jackson's previous record of 24 accolades after triumphing as Artist of the Decade, Artist of the Year, Favorite Artist - Adult Contemporary, Favorite album - Pop/Rock for 'Lover', Favourite Music Video for 'You Need to Calm Down', and Favorite Female Artist - Pop/Rock, taking her total to 29.

There is no doubt that Taylor was the queen of the AMAs, but there were plenty of other pop stars who managed to get some of the limelight.

Here we look at the highlights of one of the biggest nights in pop...

Selena Gomez debuts two new songs
Selena Gomez debuts two new songs
25 Nov 2019

Selena Gomez debuts two new songs

Selena Gomez gave her first televised live performance in two years at the AMAs at the Los Angeles' Microsoft Theatre, debuting two new songs to the delight of her fans. Selena opened with the ballad 'Lose You to Love Me' and then changed into a sparkly leotard and knee-high boots for the upbeat 'Look at Her Now', to which the likes of Halsey and Taylor Swift were seen dancing along in the audience. Afterwards, Selena wrote on Instagram: "Feels good to be back. Thank you to my entire team and to my fans that stand by me. All of this is for you and because of you. excited for this chapter."

Billie Eilish wins New Artist of the Year prize
Billie Eilish wins New Artist of the Year prize
25 Nov 2019

Billie Eilish wins New Artist of the Year prize

Billie Eilish topped off a great 2019 by winning the New Artist of the Year prize at the AMAs. The 17-year-old singer beat off competition from Lizzo, Luke Combs, Lil Nas X, and Ella Mai, to take the accolade and paid tribute to her fans as she accepted the honour at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles. She said: "I've tried to pull myself together for this one. I want to thank the AMAs for even thinking of me in the slightest. Thank you to my creative team, thank you for letting me do whatever I want, pretty much all the time. Thanks to the fans, because that's the only reason I'm even alive." She also heaped praise on her brother and producer, Finneas O’Connell hailing him her “best friend”.

Ozzy Osbourne performs on a throne
Ozzy Osbourne performs on a throne
25 Nov 2019

Ozzy Osbourne performs on a throne

Ozzy Osbourne provided one of the AMA performances of the evening when he sang on a white throne with Post Malone and Travis Scott. The former Black Sabbath frontman made his second only live performance at the bash since he was forced to cancel his 'No More Tours 2' shows, after being hospitalised with pneumonia and then suffering a fall in January, which caused the metal rods in his body - which were inserted after a devastating quad bike accident in 2003 - to become dislodged. Ozzy performed his vocals from his hit single 'Take What You Want' from Malone's LP 'Hollywood's Bleeding' with special guest Travis.

Halsey takes swipe at Grammys during AMAs speech
Halsey takes swipe at Grammys during AMAs speech
25 Nov 2019

Halsey takes swipe at Grammys during AMAs speech

Halsey referenced her Grammy Awards snub in a passionate speech after she accepted the fan voted Favorite Song - Pop/Rock for 'Without Me' accolade. The 25-year-old singer was snubbed from the Grammys shortlist when the nominees were announced last week and she used her speech to recall how she used to feel awards "validated" a performer but has now grown to realise that isn't the case. 

Speaking on stage at Los Angeles' Microsoft Theatre, she said: "I believed these awards. When I was a kid, I used to believe that this award was the ultimate validating and that I'd come up here and laugh and cry and my fans at home would rejoice because we accomplished this thing together. But the truth is I am older now and I'm also an artist and apparently I'm doing OK. But most of these awards really aren't what they seem at all."

Carrie Underwood's tears of joy on stage
Carrie Underwood's tears of joy on stage
25 Nov 2019

Carrie Underwood's tears of joy on stage

Carrie Underwood broke down in tears on stage at the American Music Awards as she picked up the prize for Country Album of the Year for 'Cry Pretty'. Carrie - who was also named Best Female Country Artist - couldn't help but become emotional as she reflected on the past 12 months and paid tribute to her husband Mike Fisher and their sons, Isaiah, four, and 10-month-old Jacob. 

She said: "Thank you God for the talents you give to people and the gifts you give people and not just what you give to the people who are up to tonight but for every single person. We all have gifts and hopefully we use them to make the world a better chance ... Thank you. I'm going to cry now. It's been such a wonderful year. Thank you to the fans, you guys support each and every one of us ... I want to thank the AMAs for making this award show fan voted because they're the ones that matter and the ones that count." 

"My list of things I'm thankful for is too vast. First and foremost, my family. We had a baby earlier this year, which is crazy to think about ... Thank you Mike, Isaiah, Jacob, my boys. Going out on the road was hard, but it's amazing. You are my whole world, I love you so much. Mommy loves you."

Toni Braxton performs at AMAs for first time in 25 years
Toni Braxton performs at AMAs for first time in 25 years
25 Nov 2019

Toni Braxton performs at AMAs for first time in 25 years

Toni Braxton wowed the audience at the American Music Awards with her first performance at the ceremony in 25 years. The 52-year-old R&B singer - who last performed at the ceremony in 2001 - took the star-studded audience at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles on a trip down memory lane, as she belted out her 1996 hit 'Un-Break My Heart'. Toni looked angelic in a silvery sheer gown - which was not so dissimilar from the dress she wore to the ceremony in 1994 - and was surrounded by violinists in white suits, as a wintry scene was displayed as the backdrop.

Ciara's kids loved her AMAs performance
Ciara's kids loved her AMAs performance
25 Nov 2019

Ciara's kids loved her AMAs performance

American Music Awards host Ciara opened the ceremony by teaming up with La La Anthony for a performance of 'Melanin', during which she reworked some of the words to acknowledge the stars in the audience. Ciara's two kids, Future, five, and Sienna, two, were in the audience to watch their mother on stage and they both gave her singing the seal of approval by telling her it was "good". Ahead of the show, the 'Goodies' hitmaker admitted she's always excited when her kids get to see her in action. She said: "My babies will be here! I'm excited and I always love that."

Dua Lipa made her red carpet debut with Anwar Hadid at the AMAs
Dua Lipa made her red carpet debut with Anwar Hadid at the AMAs
25 Nov 2019

Dua Lipa made her red carpet debut with Anwar Hadid at the AMAs

Dua Lipa made her red carpet debut with her model boyfriend Anwar Hadid at the American Music Awards and gushed to reporters about how handsome he is. Dua - who has been dating Anwar since June - proudly strutted into the event with Anwar and even shared a kiss with him. Speaking to the media, she said: "My date is my boyfriend. He's so handsome, right?" The British pop star wasn't in the running for any awards at the ceremony but did perform her new song 'Don't Start Now'.

Taylor Swift takes swipe at old record label
Taylor Swift takes swipe at old record label
25 Nov 2019

Taylor Swift takes swipe at old record label

Although it was a celebratory night for Taylor Swift, the pop superstar did use her platform at the American Music Awards to take a veiled swipe at her old record label Big Machine. 

As she accepted the gong for Favorite Album - Pop/Rock, the 29-year-old singer didn't directly address her feud with the label's former owner Scott Borchetta and recent buyer Scooter Braun in her acceptance speech but she heaped praise on her new home of Universal Republic for giving her the freedom to "make whatever music" she wants and for allowing her the rights to own all her master recordings. 

Accepting the honour for her LP 'Lover', she said on stage: "This is amazing. That was a really tough category, wow. Thank you to the fans. "I would love to have an opportunity to thank the people I made this album with because they’re amazing and we had so much fun." 

After thanking a number of people who worked on the record, Taylor added: "Okay, wow… I did not think I was going to win this one. This album really felt like a new beginning. "I really love my record label, Universal Republic. Monte Lipman, Lucien Grange, thank you for being so generous to me and allowing me to make whatever music I want to make. As a songwriter it’s so thrilling to me that I get to keep doing that."

Taylor Swift closes AMAs with medley of her hits
Taylor Swift closes AMAs with medley of her hits
25 Nov 2019

Taylor Swift closes AMAs with medley of her hits

After receiving the prestigious Artist of the Decade prize at the American Music Awards, Taylor Swift was joined by Camila Cabello and Halsey for a greatest hits medley celebrating her career. The 29-year-old pop megastar marked kicked off her short set with one of her new tracks, 'The Man', after playing 'Love Story', 'I Knew You Were Trouble' and 'Blank Space', the singer then introduced her pop star pals, who joined her to sing 'Shake It Off'. Taylor closed her medley by taking a seat at her piano, where she sang the title track from her latest LP 'Lover' She said afterwards: "That performance was even more fun than I hoped it would be!" Taylor had been introduced to the stage by legendary singer/songwriter Carole King, who predicted "the best is yet to come" for the star, as she showed a highlights reel of the 'Me!' singer's career so far.


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