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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.

Taylor Swift, center, winner of the artist of the decade award, performs a medley at the American Music Awards on Sunday, Nov. 24, 2019, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Taylor Swift, centre, winner of the artist of the decade award, performs a medley at the American Music Awards. AP

“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

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