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Taylor Swift wins top trophy at American Music Awards

She won artist of the year at the world's largest fan-voted ceremony.

Taylor Swift wins top trophy at American Music Awards

Taylor Swift's "Red (Taylor's Version)" receives the Favorite Pop Album award during 2022 American Music Awards, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California, U.S., Nov 20, 2022. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Pop superstar Taylor Swift won the most prestigious honour on Sunday (Nov 20) at the American Music Awards when she was named artist of the year at the world's largest fan-voted ceremony.

The Anti-Hero singer thanked voters for supporting her after releasing four original albums and two re-recordings in the last three years.

"I cannot express how unbelievable it is to me that I still do this and that you still care," she said on stage at the awards show in Los Angeles.

Earlier, Swift's re-recording of her 2012 record Red took the trophy for favourite pop album. The 32-year-old singer has been making new versions of albums from her past after a dispute with her former record label.

"I cannot tell you how much my re-recorded albums mean to me, but I never expected or assumed they'd mean anything to you," she said.

Swift did not mention last week's controversy over Ticketmaster's sales for her upcoming tour, which were filled with glitches and prompted the company to apologise to her.

In the artist of the year category, Swift triumphed over formidable names including Beyonce, Harry Styles, The Weeknd, Drake, Adele and Bad Bunny.

Singer Pink opened the awards show dancing and singing on roller skates to her upbeat song Never Gonna Not Dance Again.

Comedian and host Wayne Brady rapped in his monologue. "Ain’t nobody getting slapped tonight," Brady joked, referencing Will Smith's infamous attack on Chris Rock at the Oscars.

Dove Cameron, a former Disney Channel actress who reached the Billboard charts this year with the pop single Boyfriend, earned the first trophy of the night with her best new artist win.

Machine Gun Kelly, wearing a purple suit with long silver spikes, was named favourite rock artist.

Following is a list of winners in key categories;

ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Taylor Swift

NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Dove Cameron

COLLABORATION OF THE YEAR

Elton John & Dua Lipa Cold Heart

FAVOURITE TOURING ARTIST

Coldplay

FAVORITE MUSIC VIDEO

Taylor Swift All Too Well (Taylor's Version)

FAVOURITE MALE POP ARTIST

Harry Styles

FAVOURITE FEMALE POP ARTIST

Taylor Swift

FAVOURITE POP DUO OR GROUP

BTS

FAVOURITE POP SONG

Harry Styles - As It Was

FAVOURITE MALE COUNTRY ARTIST

Morgan Wallen

FAVOURITE FEMALE COUNTRY ARTIST

Taylor Swift

FAVOURITE COUNTRY DUO OR GROUP

Dan + Shay

FAVOURITE MALE HIP-HOP ARTIST

Kendrick Lamar

FAVOURITE FEMALE HIP-HOP ARTIST

Nicki Minaj

FAVOURITE ROCK ARTIST

Machine Gun Kelly

FAVOURITE POP ALBUM

Taylor Swift

Catch the American Music Awards 2022 on Channel 5 on Nov 21, from 10.30pm to 1.30am. 

Source: Reuters/sr

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