2019 American Music Awards: winners, red carpet fashion and Taylor Swift at the AMAs
On the night, Taylor Swift was named Artist of the Decade, and surpassed Michael Jackson as the most celebrated artist in American Music Awards history
There is no doubt about it, the 2019 American Music Awards belonged to Taylor Swift. Not only was the Lover singer named Artist of the Decade, she beat Drake, Ariana Grande, Halsey and Post Malone to be named Artist of the Year and scooped the Favourite Pop / Rock female artist, Favourite Pop / Rock album and Favourite Adult Contemporary Artist awards.
She also took the gong for Favourite Music Video, for You Need to Calm Down. Her six awards have ultimately made her the most decorated singer in AMAs history. With a total of 29 awards, she has surpassed Michael Jackson's record of 24.
Click through the gallery above to see all of the 2019 AMAs red carpet arrivals.
“This year has been a lot of good, a lot of really complicated, so behalf of my family and me, thank you so much for being there and caring,” said Swift said during her speech for the Artist of the Year award.
The ceremony was held on Sunday, November 24 at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles. It was also a good night for Khalid and BTS. The Better singer and K-pop superstars took home three awards apiece, while Carrie Underwood, Billie Eilish and Dan + Shay received two nods each.
Ahead of the awards, Swift spoke out about Scooter Braun and Big Machine records, which has bought the rights to her back catalogue, suggesting she would not be able to perform them on the night.
“I’ve been planning to perform a medley of my hits throughout the decade on the show," Swift wrote in a statement released on Twitter. "Scott Borchetta and Scooter Braun have now said that I’m not allowed to perform my old songs on television because they claim that would be re-recording my music before I’m allowed to next year.”
Big Machine responded, telling TMZ, "Taylor Swift can 100 per cent perform all of her catalogue, past and present, on the AMAs ... Our confusion with her statement is that we have no legal right to stop this and have never tried. She and her team both know this."
Winners at the 2019 American Music Awards:
Artist of the year: Taylor Swift
New artist of the year: Billie Eilish
Collaboration of the year: Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello, Senorita
Favourite pop/rock female artist: Taylor Swift
Favourite pop/rock male artist: Khalid
Favourite pop/rock duo or group: BTS
Favourite pop/rock song: Halsey, Without Me
Favourite pop/rock album: Taylor Swift, Lover
Favourite rap/hip-hop artist: Cardi B
Favourite rap/hip-hop song: Lil Nas X featuring Billy Ray Cyrus, Old Town Road
Favourite rap/hip-hop album: Post Malone, Hollywood’s Bleeding
Favourite soul/R&B female artist: Beyonce
Favourite soul/R&B male artist: Bruno Mars
Favourite soul/R&B song: Khalid, Talk
Favourite soul/R&B album: Khalid, Free Spirit
Favourite country female artist: Carrie Underwood
Favourite country male artist: Kane Brown
Favourite country duo or group: Dan + Shay
Favourite country song: Dan + Shay, Speechless
Favourite country album: Carrie Underwood, Cry Pretty
Favourite alternative rock artist: Billie Eilish
Favourite adult contemporary artist: Taylor Swift
Favourite Latin artist: J Balvin
Favourite contemporary inspirational artist: Lauren Daigle
Favourite electronic dance music artist: Marshmello
Favourite social artist: BTS
Favourite music video: Taylor Swift, You Need to Calm Down
Artist of the decade: Taylor Swift
Tour of the year: BTS
Favourite soundtrack: Bohemian Rhapsody
Updated: November 25, 2019 01:04 PM