Pitbull hosted the 42nd American Music Awards on Sunday live from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on the ABC network. The biggest winner of the night went to One Direction winning a total of three on-air awards, including Artist of the Year. They received two more in the Pop/Rock category for favorite group and album.
Katy Perry also received three AMAs, although she was a no-show. Perry is on tour in Australia. She accepted one of her awards via satellite for Favorite Female Artist — Pop/Rock. Coming in with a total of six nominations Iggy Azalea only managed to win two trophies in the Rap/Hip-Hop category. The three-hour broadcast of the American Music Awards was a steady stream of one performance after another.
Taylor Swift opened the awards program with a maniac performance of “Blank Space.” Later on in the telecast she received the first ever Dick Clark Award for Excellence presented to her by the legendary Diana Ross. 5 Seconds of Summer performed The Romantics’ cover of “What I Like About You.” This 1980s classic got the AMA crowd on their feet dancing. The Australian band later won New Artist of the Year.
One of the best performances of the night went to Jesse J as she started off in the aisle working her way up stage with “Bang Bang.” Jesse engaged herself with some esteemed audience members like Taylor Swift and Sam Smith. Later on she was joined by Ariana Grande, and Nicki Minaj onstage.
Here’s a complete list of all the winners in all categories (televised and non-televised) from the 2014 American Music Awards:
Artist of the Year
New Artist of the Year Presented by Kohl’s
5 Seconds of Summer
Single of the Year
Katy Perry Featuring Juicy J – “Dark Horse”
Favorite Male Artist – Pop/Rock
Favorite Female Artist – Pop/Rock
Favorite Band, Duo or Group – Pop/Rock
Favorite Album – Pop/Rock
One Direction – “Midnight Memories”
Favorite Male Artist – Country
Favorite Female Artist – Country
Favorite Band, Duo or Group – Country
Florida Georgia Line
Favorite Album – Country
Brantley Gilbert – “Just As I Am”
Favorite Artist – Rap/Hip-Hop
Favorite Album – Rap/Hip-Hop
Iggy Azalea – “The New Classic”
Favorite Male Artist – Soul/R&B
Favorite Female Artist – Soul/R&B
Favorite Album – Soul/R&B
Beyoncé – “Beyoncé”
Favorite Artist – Alternative Rock
Favorite Artist – Adult Contemporary
Favorite Artist – Latin
Favorite Artist – Contemporary Inspirational
Favorite Artist – Electronic Dance Music (EDM)