Crowds gathered at the Nokia Theatre L.A Live for a show packed with performances.
The award ceremony is an annual celebration of the most popular musicians and musical works of the year.
This year’s nominations were announced a month in advance by American Idol winner, Kelly Clarkson and singer will.i.am and the show was hosted by popular rapper, Pitbull.
A number of musicians put on a show for their fans at the award ceremony. The most talked about however, is not surprisingly, Miley Cyrus.
Cyrus sang her hit single ‘Wrecking Ball’ accompanied by a crying kitten. As she sang in her two piece cat ensemble, strange visuals played in the background featuring a very emotional little cat.
Another talked about performance was by Lady Gaga and R. Kelly who sang their new single, “Do What U Want”, while putting on a little theatrical show. The performance revolved around “President Kelly” and his secretary “Gaga” in a scandalous White House affair. This was quite likely inspired by the real affairs of Former presidents such as JFK and Bill Clinton.
Katy Perry, who opened the show, took to the stage and sang her new single “Unconditional”. An elaborate show was designed around a Japanese theme and Miss Perry belted out high notes in a kimono. Thousands of cherry blossom petals rained down on her while she sang her emotional tune and kick started the award ceremony.
Taylor Swift, a young country singer, was the winner of 4 awards this year. She was the recipient of ‘Artist of the Year’, ‘Best pop/rock female artist’, ‘Best country female artist’ and ‘Best country album of the year’.
The 23 year old was over the moon with so many awards and thanked her fans a number of times.
Other winners included Justin Timberlake who won ‘Best pop/rock male artist’ and boy band, One Direction who won ‘Best pop/rock band’.
A big winner for the evening was RnB singer, Rihanna who won the first ever ‘Icon Award’. The artist’s mother, Monica Fenty, presented the Barbados beauty her award and gave an emotional speech as well. Fenty expressed pride and happiness for her daughter and said, “I know the journey in your career has not always been an easy one.”
Below is a list of winners of the American Music Awards:
New artist of the year -Ariana Grande
Single of the year -“Cruise,” Florida Georgia Line featuring Nelly
Pop/rock album – “Take Me Home,” One Direction
Country male artist – Luke Bryan
Country band, duo or group – Lady Antebellum
Rap/hip-hop artist – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Rap/hip-hop album – “The Heist,” Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Soul/R&B female artist – Rihanna
Soul/R&B male artist – Justin Timberlake
Soul/R&B album – “The 20/20 Experience,” Justin Timberlake
Alternative rock artist – Imagine Dragons
Latin artist – Marc Anthony
Adult Contemporary -Maroon 5
EDM artist – Avicii