It turned out that American girls do like British men as One Direction won artist of the year at the American Music Awards and took home twoÂ more honors.
One Direction also was votedÂ favorite band, duo or group â€” pop/rock and favorite album â€” pop/rock for “Midnight Memories” at the fan-voted show on Sunday night.
“This has been a real perfect day … America feels like a second home to us,” Liam Payne said onstage with his band mates when they won the night’s first award. The group released its new album, “Four,” last week.
It was a great night for Katy Perry also as the singer won three honors as well, including single of the year for No. 1 hit “Dark Horse,” favorite female artist â€” pop/rock and favorite artist â€” adult contemporary.
“Though she was absent â€” she’s on tour in Australia â€” the 2014 AMAs was still jam-packed with star power at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live. Breakthrough newcomer Iggy Azalea, who was the top nominee with six, won favorite album â€” rap/hip-hop for “The New Classic” and favorite artist â€” rap/hip-hop, taking down rap heavyweights Eminem and Drake,” writes Yahoo! News.
This award is the first award I’ve ever won in my entire life, and it means so much to me that it is for best hip-hop because that’s what inspired me to move to America and pursue my dreams, and it’s what helped me when I was a teenager to escape and to get through my life and to better times,” the 24-year-old Australian rapper said, as her mentor T.I. stood beside her.
“And it means so much that I can stand here against Eminem and Drake and come out with this,” she went on, adding.
Azalea performed her hit, “Fancy,” which was nominated for single of the year, as well as her new song, “Beg for It.”
Taylor Swift kicked off this year’s American Mucis AwardsÂ as a mad woman and man eater by feeding a boy a poisonous apple, holding burning roses and giving crazy eyes during a performance of her song about her dating life.
She later received the first-ever Dick Clark Award for Excellence.
“To the fans who went out and bought over a million copies of my last three albums, what you did by going out and investing in music and albums is you’re saying you believe in the same thing I believe in â€” that music is valuable and that music should be consumed in albums and albums should be consumed as art and appreciated,” said Swift.
Sam Smith, who also performed at the show, won favorite male artist â€” pop/rock.
“Genuinely from my heart I didn’t think I was going to be winning this. This is unreal,” the British singer said, who beat Pharrell and John Legend. “But mainly, thank you to my fan base. You guys are amazing, and last year I wrote an album about being lonely and tonight, I couldn’t feel further from lonely, so thank you so much.”
Luke Bryan took home favorite male artist â€” country.
“I wanna thank God above for letting me tour night in and night out on the road. I want to thank the fans for making it possible to stand up here and win the awards,” he said, also thanking “my band, my crew, bus driver, momma and them, you know.”