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American Music Awards 2014 highlights

Katy Perry and One Direction win big, Taylor Swift brings the drama and Lorde performs from inside a box

By Andrea Tim | Published: 24 Nov 2014

AMA 2014 highlights
Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images

The stage at Los Angeles' Nokia Theatre was Taylor Swift's blank space and boy, did she scribble all over it. Performing her Billboard chart-topping single Blank Space at the American Music Awards last night, Taylor probably won hands-down in terms of putting on a show. By show, we mean crazy faces, a chorus of men playing her 'ex-lovers', photo frames (literally), dramatic smoke and one heck of a set that took up all of the massive stage.

Although the 24-year-old was not nominated for any awards this year – she won four of her five nominations last year – she was honoured by the first ever Dick Clark Award for excellence, which was presented by soul queen Diana Ross. Succeeding Taylor as Favourite Pop/Rock Female Artist this year is Katy Perry, who also picked up the Favourite Adult Contemporary Artist and Single of the Year (for Dark Horse) awards.

(Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Favourite Pop/Rock Male Artist was won by Sam Smith while Luke Bryan was crowned Favourite Country Male Artist. Carrie Underwood finally dethroned six-year Favourite Country Female Artist Taylor Swift by reclaiming that category since her last win in 2007.

One Direction took home three pointy trophies: Artist of the Year, Favourite Pop/Rock Group and Favourite Pop/Rock Album for Midnight Memories, beating fellow nominees Lorde and Katy Perry for the last one. Lorde was nominated for three awards last night – including Favourite Alternative Rock Artist, which Imagine Dragons won instead – but what really brought down the house was the New Zealander's radical Yellow Flicker Beat performance, which started out from inside a box the size of a small room before the box was lifted away for her to dance out.

(Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Beyoncé and John Legend were absent from the awards, but each won Favourite Female Artist and Male Artist for Soul/R&B. Beyoncé's eponymous album earned her her first Favourite Soul/R&B Album as a solo artist.

Iggy Azalea performed a medley of Fancy and Beg For It before closing the night with a very restrained version of the controversial Booty with Jennifer Lopez. Iggy also won her first ever AMA trophies: Favourite Rap/Hip-Hop Artist and Favourite Rap/Hip-Hop Album for The New Classic.

And finally, to no one's surprise, 2013 Disney film Frozen won Top Soundtrack. Let it go, haters.

Related: American Music Awards 2014: Red Carpet
Related: MTV Europe Music Awards 2014 crown winners


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