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Taylor Swift sweeps American Music Awards

Taylor Swift has beaten fellow performers Beyonce, Harry Styles, Drake and Adele to be named artist of the year at the world’s largest fan-voted music awards.

APTOPIX 2022 American Music Awards US singer-songwriter Taylor Swift has been named artist of the year at the American Music Awards.
November 21, 2022
By Danielle Broadway and Lisa Richwine
21 November 2022

Pop superstar Taylor Swift has won the most prestigious honour at the American Music Awards, taking out 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 past three years.

“I cannot express how unbelievable it is to me that I still do this and that you still care,” she said 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.

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, who wore a purple suit with long silver spikes, was named favourite rock artist.

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