One of them was born in Tennessee and one now calls the Volunteer State their home. The other thing Justin Timberlake and Taylor Swift have in common is that they were the big winners at the 41st annual American Music Awards, a shindig that went down at Los Angeles’ Nokia Theatre Live.
“Thrift Shop” upstarts Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, who performed via satellite from their concert in Miami, went into the thing with the most nominations (six total). The duo wound up being recipients of the Best Rap/Hip Hop Album for their independently released The Heist.
But it was the Tennessee kids who took home most of the night’s honors; Timberlake for Pop/Rock Male Artist, Soul/R&B Male Artist and Soul/R&B Album (The 20/20 Experience), and Swift for the biggie, Artist Of The Year, plus Pop/Rock Female Artist, Country Album (Red) and Country Female Artist.
Also, “Diamonds” diva Rihanna was handed the very first AMAs Icon Award (by her mother, no less), because, well, she’s probably the most unstoppable force on the pop scene these days. RiRi also snagged the Soul/R&B Female Artist statue.
Head below to see who all won what at this year’s AMAs.
ARTIST OF THE YEAR: Taylor Swift
NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR: Ariana Grande
SINGLE OF THE YEAR: Florida Georgia Line feat. Nelly, “Cruise”
ICON AWARD: Rihanna
POP/ROCK FEMALE ARTIST: Taylor Swift
POP/ROCK MALE ARTIST: Justin Timberlake
POP/ROCK BAND/DUO/GROUP: One Direction
POP/ROCK ALBUM: One Direction, Take Me Home
SOUL/R&B FEMALE ARTIST: Rihanna
SOUL/R&B MALE ARTIST: Justin Timberlake
SOUL/R&B ALBUM: Justin Timberlake, The 20/20 Experience
ELECTRONIC DANCE MUSIC ARTIST: Avicii
COUNTRY ALBUM: Taylor Swift, Red
COUNTRY GROUP: Lady Antebellum
COUNTRY FEMALE ARTIST: Taylor Swift
COUNTRY MALE ARTIST: Luke Bryan
RAP/HIP HOP ALBUM: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, The Heist
ALTERNATIVE ROCK ARTIST: Imagine Dragons
ADULT CONTEMPORARY ARTIST: Maroon 5
LATIN MUSIC ARTIST: Marc Anthony
CONTEMPORARY INSPIRATIONAL ARTIST: Matthew West
TOP SOUNDTRACK: Pitch Perfect
Miley chats with sister Brandi on the AMAs red carpet:
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