By Melissa Platero, CCNN Writer
The 2014 American Music Awards (AMAs) went down last night, as Iggy Azalea and One Direction dominated the competition! Unlike the Grammys, where winners are determined by members of the Recording Academy, the AMAs combine the votes of the public and music buyers, so fans helped their favorites rise to the top.
Aussie rapper Azalea, who entered the show with a whopping six nominations, won two awards for Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Album and Artist.
One Direction took top honors with Artist of the Year, while also locking down Favorite Pop Rock awards in the Band/Duo/Group and Album categories.
Katy Perry snagged up three major awards, including Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist, Single of the Year for “Dark Horse”, and Adult Contemporary Artist. She delivered her acceptance speech from all the way across the Pacific in Australia, where she’s currently sweeping the country with her Prismatic World Tour.
Taylor Swift drew major applause for her show-opening “Blank Space” performance, and then went on to win the first ever Dick Clark Award of Excellence, presented by legendary songstress Diana Ross. Dick Clark helped usher in the era of radio and television music, hosting American Bandstand from 1957 to 1987, and Ross gave a speech saying, “When I was really young, when I first started in the industry, it was Dick Clark who made it possible for us to be on radio and TV.” Swift was humbled by the award and praised Ross, who “stood up for herself in a time when it was not popular for a woman to stand up for herself.”
Images courtesy of the American Music Awards Facebook.