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Red Carpet

American Music Awards

Swift voted best artist, takes 4 trophies in all


Taylor Swift’s fans have done it again, voting her the American Music Awards artist of the year for a third time.

Swift won Sunday night’s top honor, giving her a leading four trophies. Justin Timberlake was next with three.

Swift didn’t perform but was a constant presence on stage, and the camera found her dancing to Kendrick Lamar and Luke Bryan.

The 23-year-old pop star also won country album of the year for “Red” and favorite female country artist and pop/rock artist.

“’Red’ is very different than any album I’ve made before and the reason I was able to do that was because of the fans,” Swift said. “I cannot believe what you’ve done in the last year. This album came out almost exactly a year ago and the fact that 6 million of you went out and bought it is crazy.”

Timberlake won pop/rock male artist, soul/R&B artist and soul/R&B album for “The 20/20 Experience.”

One Direction won two awards, for pop/rock band, duo or group and pop/rock album for “Take Me Home,” as did Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, for rap/hip-hop artist and rap/hip-hop album for “The Heist.

Rihanna was presented the AMA’s first Icon Award to go with her win as favorite soul/R&B female artist.

Nickelodeon star Ariana Grande was named favorite new artist, Florida Georgia Line won single of the year for “Cruise” with Nelly in something of a surprise, and Luke Bryan won favorite male country artist.

Katy Perry opened the show looking like a princess out of a classic Japanese painting. Dressed in a traditional Japanese dress, Perry’s show-starting performance of “Unconditionally” included dozens of colorfully clad dancers waved fans, shadow danced in front of rice-paper screens and played the drums.

She was the early focus of the awards show, held at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, arriving on the red carpet in a black strapless dress to screams from hundreds of fans.