Taylor Swift won six awards at the ceremony
Going into the American Music Awards, Taylor Swift became embroiled in a feud with her former record label over whether she had the right to play her old hits.
In the end, she did get to perform songs like Blank Space and Love Story, while making a subtle nod to the spat.
The star took to the stage in a prison-style white shirt, stencilled with the names of the six albums her old label owns, and sang The Man: A song about women’s struggle to be taken seriously in the music industry.
But the moment passed quickly; and Swift shed the outfit to reveal a more characteristic gold sequinned one-piece outfit, before launching into a 13-minute medley of her biggest songs.
She was joined by Camila Cabello and Halsey to duet on an energetic performance of Shake It Off, and ended behind a pink piano, playing her recent single Lover as ballet dancers Misty Copeland and Craig Hall pirouetted in front of her.
After standing for applause, Swift was presented with the Artist of the Decade award by legendary singer-songwriter Carole King, whose hits include I Feel The Earth Move and (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman.
King commended Swift for the strength of her lyrics, and the relatability of her music before predicting: “The best is yet to come.”
In turn, Swift acknowledged the impact King’s music had had on her parents and her family, saying it was every musician’s goal “to create something that will last”.
Addressing her fans, Swift continued: “This is an award that celebrates a decade of hard work and of art and of fun and memories, all that matters to me is the memories that I’ve had with you guys, with you the fans, over the years.
“We’ve had fun, incredible, exhilarating, extraordinary times together and may it continue.”
The career-spanning honour wasn’t Swift’s only award at the ceremony – she picked up another five competitive awards, including artist of the year.
That brings her total tally of AMA trophies to 28 – breaking a record held by Michael Jackson, who received 24 American Music Awards.
The full list of winners is as follows:
Artist of the year – Taylor Swift
New artist of the year – Billie Eilish
Collaboration of the year – Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello, Senorita
Tour of the year – BTS
Favourite music video – Taylor Swift, You Need to Calm Down
Favourite social artist – BTS
Favourite male artist (pop/rock) – Khalid
Favourite female artist (pop/rock) – Taylor Swift –
Favourite duo or group (pop/rock) – BTS
Favourite album (pop/rock) – Taylor Swift, Lover
Favourite song (pop/rock) – Halsey, Without Me
Favourite male artist (country) – Kane Brown
Favourite female artist (country) – Carrie Underwood
Favourite duo or group (country) – Dan + Shay
Favourite album (country) – Carrie Underwood, Cry Pretty
Favourite song (country) – Dan + Shay, Speechless
Favourite artist (rap/hip-hop) – Cardi B
Favourite album (rap/hip-hop) – Post Malone, Hollywood’s Bleeding
Favourite song (rap/hip-hop) – Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus, Old Town Road
Favourite male artist (soul/r&b) – Bruno Mars
Favourite female artist (soul/r&b) – Beyoncé
Favourite album (soul/r&b) – Khalid, Free Spirit
Favourite song (soul/r&b) – Khalid, Talk
Favourite artist (alternative rock) – Billie Eilish
Favourite artist (adult contemporary) – Taylor Swift
Favourite artist (Latin) – J Balvin
Favourite artist (contemporary inspirational) – Lauren Daigle
Favourite artist (dance) – Marshmello
Favourite soundtrack – Queen, Bohemian Rhapsody
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