International artists sweep the American Music Awards

The American Music Awards 2014 were dominated by One Direction, Katy Perry and Iggy Azalea.

English-Irish pop band One Direction scooped the most titles in the American Music Awards 2014, held in Los Angeles on November 23, 2014. Not only did they bag the ‘artist of the year’, but also ‘favorite band’, ‘best duo or group in pop/rock’ and ‘favorite album in pop/rock’ for Midnight Memories, making them the night’s biggest winners and establishing their extreme popularity amongst Americans.

The fan-voted show, known as one of the biggest popularity contests for music artists in America, also witnessed Roar singer Katy Perry, who scored three awards–‘single of the year’ for Dark Horse, ‘favorite female artist in pop/rock’ and ‘favorite artist in adult contemporary’. Perry, who could not be at the event to receive the award owing to the Prismatic World Tour, delivered an acceptance speech from Australia.

Newcomer rapping sensation from Australia Iggy Azalea, who had been nominated in six categories, won two awards for ‘favorite album in rap/hip-hop’ for The New Classic and ‘favorite artist in rap/hip-hop’, surpassing the previously worshipped artists Eminem and Drake.

While the new pop diva Taylor Swift received the first-ever ‘Dick Clark award for excellence’ by the hands of Diana Ross, Latch singer Sam Smith took away the ‘favorite male artist in pop/rock’. Grabbing the ‘new artist of the year’ was Australian boy band 5 Seconds of Summer.

The ‘favorite female artist in soul/R&B’ and ‘favorite album in soul/R&B’ was won by ‘Queen Bey’ Beyonce for her self-titled work. However, the singer was missing from the ceremony. The AMA felicitated Luke Bryan for ‘favorite male artist in country’, while Carrie Underwood was awarded ‘favorite female artist in country’ title. 

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