One Direction and Taylor Swift top winners at American Music Awards


Taylor Swift lost as many awards as she won Sunday night, but still managed to bring home the largest trophy collection from the American Music Awards in Los Angeles.

The 25-year-old pop star had led with six nominations going into the ceremony. She won song of the year for her smash hit Blank Space, favorite pop-rock album for 1989, and favorite adult contemporary artist.

She lost out to Ariana Grande in the pop/rock female artist category, for collaboration of the year to Skrillex and Diplo featuring Justin Bieber, and artist of the year – the evening’s biggest prize, won by boy band One Direction for the second year running.

Canadian R&B singer The Weeknd had been nominated for five awards, and went home with two, for soul/R&B male artist and best album.

Ed Sheeran won just one, for favorite male pop/rock artist.

Nashville country singer Sam Hunt took the award for new artist of the year, beating out rapper Fetty Wap, Swedish singer-songwriter Tove Lo, indie rockers Walk the Moon and Canadian R&B singer The Weeknd.

Enrique Iglesias won for favorite Latin artist, while Fall Out Boy won best alternative artist.

Canadian diva Celine Dion took the stage for an emotional tribute to the people of Paris with a performance of the Edith Piaf song Hymne a L’Amour, while a screen behind her showed pictures of the city.

Jennifer Lopez hosted the three-hour live broadcast from Los Angeles’ Microsoft Theatre, which featured performances by Meghan Trainor, Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, One Direction, Gwen Stefani, Nick Jonas, Walk The Moon and Alanis Morrisette.

Founded in 1973 as an alternative to the Grammys, the American Music Awards are the world’s biggest fan-voted award show, according to the organizers.

While nominations are determined by record sales, prizes are awarded based on an online vote.