Taylor Swift won all three of her bids at this year’s 39th annual American Music Awards including the big prize of Artist of the Year as well as Favorite Country Album (“Speak Now”) and Favorite Country Female Artist. These victories are in marked contrast to a year ago when Swift did not even contend for Artist of the Year and won only the country crooner prize. In 2009, she had been the queen of the AMAs, taking home five awards include Artist of the Year and three singing races (country, pop and adult contemporary).
Among those Swift edged out for the top award was the absent Adele, who had led with four bids. The ailing British singer-songwriter did prevail in her other three races — Favorite Female Pop Artist, Favorite Adult Contemporary Artist and Favorite Pop/Rock Album (“21”).
Nicki Minaj, who kicked off the performance-packed show, won both her categories — Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Artist and Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Album for “Pink Friday.”
Beyonce won a bookend to her 2009 award for Favorite Female Soul/R&B Artist while Usher now has a third Favorite Male Soul/R&B award to go with those he won last year and in 2004. Rihanna claimed Favorite Soul/R&B album for “Loud”
Adam Levine, Shelton’s fellow judge from “The Voice,” and his band Maroon 5 won their first Favorite Pop/Rock Duo/Group award. And Bruno Mars won his first Favorite Male Pop/Rock Artist edging out last year’s big winner Justin Bieber.
See the full list of winners here.