TAYLOR SWIFT had a huge night at the “American Music Awards”. Not only did she perform that much-disputed medley that included several of her old songs, but she broke the record for most “AMA” wins. Taylor also won six awards, including Artist of the Decade, to break the record for most “AMA” wins, with 29. Michael Jackson was the previous record-holder. But what’s most notable about Taylor’s night is that she didn’t talk any trash about Scooter Braun or Big Machine Records. And she gave three acceptance speeches, so she had three opportunities to unload. But during her third speech, for Artist of the Year, she did allude to having a tough year. She said, quote, “The last year of my life has had some of the most amazing times and also some of, just the hardest things I’ve gone through in my life. “And not a lot of them are things that haven’t been public.”
Taylor also gave props to HALSEY for having given the best speech of the night, and it was pretty sweet. Halsey won Best Pop/Rock Song for “Without Me”, and went on to diss most awards . . . except the “AMAs”, of course. She said, quote, “Most of these awards really aren’t what they seem, at all . . . I am so thankful for the “AMAs” because they are the world’s largest fan-voted award show. And I’m thankful to the fans because they’re the people who really give a [damn] about music.” As far as the award counts, nobody else came close to Taylor. BTS and Khalid got three apiece, and country acts Carrie Underwood and Dan + Shay had two each. BILLIE EILISH also won a pair in her rookie year: Favorite New Artist and Favorite Alternative Rock Artist.
(You can grab videos of all the speeches and performances at the “AMA” Facebook page, or ABC’s YouTube page. Interestingly enough, neither page has Taylor’s performance. Is that because of her ongoing issues over her song catalog? You can see some short clips here. You can find all the winners here. Check out the winners in the major categories on the following page . . .)
The American Music Awards Winners
Artist of the Year: Taylor Swift. She also won last year.
New Artist of the Year: Billie Eilish
Collaboration of the Year: “Señorita”, Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello
Tour of the Year: BTS
Favorite Music Video: “You Need to Calm Down”, Taylor Swift
Pop / Rock:
Favorite Female Artist: Taylor Swift. She also won last year.
Favorite Male Artist: Khalid
Favorite Band, Duo or Group: BTS
Favorite Album: “Lover”, Taylor Swift. Taylor’s album “Reputation” won last year.
Soul / R & B:
Favorite Female Artist: Beyoncé
Favorite Male Artist: Bruno Mars
Favorite Album: “Free Spirit”, Khalid
Rap / Hip-Hop:
Favorite Artist: Cardi B. She also won last year.
Favorite Album: “Hollywood’s Bleeding”, Post Malone. His album “Beerbongs and Bentleys” won last year.
Favorite Female Artist: Carrie Underwood . . . This is her sixth-straight year winning this category.
Favorite Male Artist: Kane Brown. He also won last year.
Favorite Band, Duo or Group: Dan + Shay
Favorite Album: “Cry Pretty”, Carrie Underwood
Favorite Song: “Speechless”, Dan + Shay
Favorite Artist – (Adult/Contemporary): Taylor Swift
Favorite Artist – (Alternative Rock): Billie Eilish
Favorite Artist – (Contemporary Inspirational): Lauren Daigle . . . This is her third straight year of winning this category.
Favorite Artist – (Latin Music): J Balvin
Favorite Artist – (Electronic Dance Music): Marshmello, who also won last year.
Top Soundtrack: “Bohemian Rhapsody”