TAYLOR Swift’s fans have voted her the American Music Awards artist of the year for a third time. Swift won the night’s top honour, giving her a leading four trophies as fans celebrated the women of pop music.
Her win came after Katy Perry dazzled with her show-opening performance, Lady Gaga found another inventive way to grab viewers’ attention, Rihanna starred with her mother and Miley Cyrus closed performances with the assistance of a giant lip-syncing CGI kitty on her song Wrecking Ball.
Swift also won country album of the year for Red and favourite female country and pop/rock artist.
“Red is very different than any album I’ve made before and the reason I was able to do that was because of the fans,” the 23-year-old pop star said.
“I cannot believe what you’ve done in the last year. This album came out almost exactly a year ago and the fact that 6 million of you went out and bought it is crazy.”
Justin Timberlake was next with three wins. One Direction and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis won two awards and Rihanna was given the AMA’s first Icon Award to go with her win as favourite soul/R&B female artist.
Rihanna and her mother took centre stage midway through the show when Monica Fenty presented her pop star daughter with the first Icon Award at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.
Rihanna performed Diamonds with an orchestra and took favourite soul/R&B female artist. Justin Timberlake won soul/R&B album, soul/R&B male artist and pop/rock male artist.
Nickelodeon star Ariana Grande was named favourite new artist, Florida Georgia Line won single of the year for Cruise with Nelly, Luke Bryan won favourite male country artist, and favorite rap/hip-hop act Macklemore & Ryan Lewis used their rap/hip-hop album acceptance speech pay tribute to African American teen shooting victim Trayvon Martin.
It was the first win of the night for Macklemore and Lewis, whose album The Heist has been an unexpected hit and made them the AMA’s top nominees with six.
Katy Perry opened the show dressed in a traditional Japanese dress to give a show-starting performance of Unconditionally.
One Direction was at times drowned out by screams during an understated performance of Story of My Life.
Jennifer Lopez nailed the elaborate dance numbers during her tribute to Salsa queen Celia Cruz, taking two dozen dancers through their paces while wearing a shimmering silver dress.
Lady Gaga and R Kelly put on an elaborate production for their song Do What U Want, staging a presidential affair with Kelly playing the president and Gaga a Marilyn Monroe-like mistress.
Miley Cyrus shut things down with a performance that wasn’t quite as over the top as her previous appearances this year but is likely to be talked about just as much.
The camera stayed on Cyrus and the lip-syncing tabby throughout, and the cat ended the song by winking and sticking out its tongue – Cyrus’ signature move.
Taylor Swift has managed to nab herself two new entries in the 2014 book of Guinness World Records.
The 23-year-old American singer has earned her place in the famous book for having the fastest selling digital single for We Are Never Getting Back Together.
As well as this, she has also become the first solo female with two million-selling weeks on the US album chart, due to the success she enjoyed with the album Red, which was released last year.
I’ve added HQ images of Taylor at the VMA’s. Check them out below:
Justin Timberlake won big on Sunday at MTV’s annual Video Music Awards, taking home the top prize for video of the year for Mirrors and a special achievement honour, and also led a much-anticipated onstage reunion of the boy band ‘N Sync.
Hip-hop artists Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Taylor Swift and Bruno Mars were among other top winners, with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis taking home three awards, including best hip-hop video.
But even top VMA nominees had been overshadowed in recent days by the rumored ‘N Sync reunion, their first performance since 2002, which took place in the midst of Timberlake’s lengthy medley of hits ahead of his accepting the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award.
As the star wound down his solo performance, the band’s other members rose up through the stage and slowly turned to face the audience, spotlights shining from above. The ‘N Sync members then performed another extended medley of hits.
“I don’t deserve this award,” Timberlake, 32, said after TV talk show host Jimmy Fallon presented it to him. “But I’m not going to give it back.”
He noted that half of the many VMAs he had won were “with these four guys right here,” referring to ‘N Sync singers JC Chasez, Lance Bass, Joey Fatone and Chris Kirkpatrick.
“I’m going to share this award with them,” Timberlake said.
Lady Gaga opened the live program with a splashy rendition of her new single Applause, appearing in a series of outfits ranging from a riff on a nun’s habit, with pearls, to a sparkly ensemble of jacket and pants more typical of cabaret chanteuses.
Gaga’s appearance marked her comeback after hip surgery earlier this year, although the act lacked the shock value of earlier VMA shows when she was drenched in blood or sported a dress made of raw meat.
Other performance highlights included Miley Cyrus backed by a lineup of dancers outfitted as giant teddy bears as she sang We Can’t Stop, before being joined by Robin Thicke as the pair led into a duet of Good Girl.
Kanye West, who in the 2009 VMAs snatched the microphone from Swift as she accepted her award, sang Blood on the Leaves in theatrical fashion as he was lit in dramatic silhouette.
This year, when Swift won best female video for I Knew You Were Trouble, West left her alone.
“I want to thank the fans,” Swift said, adding “I tweeted about this a lot, I really really wanted this and thank you so much for doing this for me.”
And she cheekily thanked the inspiration for the song, about a love gone wrong, saying: “He knows who he is.”
Macklemore, who he won for best hip-hop video along with partner Ryan Lewis, said: “They let some independent hip-hop artists up here at the VMAs.”
The video won over top hip-hop performers such as Drake and Kendrick Lamar.
One Direction, who won big last year with three VMAs, presented the night’s first award – for best pop video – to Selena Gomez for Come & Get It.
“This is my first actual moonman,” she said, referring to the silver prize modeled on the MTV character logo. “I couldn’t have done it without you guys,” she told her fans.
Other early winners, some of whom were announced before the evening broadcast from Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, included Thirty Second to Mars’s Up In the Air, which won best rock video, and Pink featuring Nate Ruess’s Just Give Me a Reason, which was named best collaboration.
Professional, or technical, category winners included best choreography to Bruno Mars for Treasure and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis whose Can’t Hold Us took the prize for best cinematography.
Check out the gallery, because this morning I uploaded all the recent events photos of Taylor. Last night she attended the MMVA’s and she looked stunning! Check her outfit out below. Images coming soon.
Another day, another domination for Taylor Swift: She was the red hot winner at the Billboard Music Awards.
Swift won eight of 11 awards, including top artist and top Billboard 200 album for “Red.” She told the crowd: “You are the longest and best relationship I ever had.”
She also had a colorful performance of her hit “22″ — starting backstage and working her way to the main stage on the back of a bike with help from a dozen background dancers and a flurry of red balloons.
Justin Bieber also performed — twice — and was also a multiple winner with three awards, including top male artist, social artist and the fan-voted milestone award, beating out Swift and Bruno Mars. When accepting the latter — where boos were heard — he alluded to the tumultuous weeks he’s had in the public eye.
“I’m 19 years old; I think I’m doing a pretty good job. And basically from my heart I really just want to say it should really be about the music, it should be about the craft that I’m making. This is not a gimmick,” he said. “I’m an artist and I should be taken seriously and all this other bull should not be spoken.”
Bieber performed with will.i.am and solo when he sang “Take You” in leather pants, a leather vest and a black shirt that had one sleeve, as blue laser lights beamed.
Miguel, too, had a show-stopping performance, though he seemed to kick a fan when he jumped over the crowd while singing his hit “Adorn.” The R&B singer seemed to have landed part of his body on one woman, who walked away, and kicked another, who held her head low.
Maroon 5 and fun. were also nominated for 11 awards and walked away with one win each in pre-telecast announcements. Gotye and Rihanna had the second-most wins with four awards each.
But the awards show, airing live from MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on ABC, is less about the trophies — which reflect success on the Billboard charts — and more about the performances. Selena Gomez sang her seductive new hit, “Come & Get It,” while Chris Brown danced around the stage to his latest single, “Fine China,” though his voice began to crack during the performance. Duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis also performed their massive hit, “Thrift Shop,” which won top rap song.
“First and foremost, gotta thank Goodwill, gotta thank Value Village,” Macklemore said to laughs.
Mars and his band kicked off the show in silky red suits that matched their silky dance moves, with bright gold disco balls hanging above them during a performance of the upbeat and old-school flavored “Treasure.”
Nicki Minaj won the first award in the live telecast for top rap artist, beating out Drake, Flo Rida, Pitbull and Psy.
“I definitely did not expect this one,” she said, wearing a bright red dress.
She performed “High School” with Lil Wayne and gave the rapper a provocative lap dance onstage.
Prince, who received the icon award, closed the awards show with a melody of his jams in a turquoise and purple ensemble. He sang, dance and rocked on the guitar.
Madonna won top touring artist, dance artist and dance album for “MDNA.”
“Thank you for supporting me for three decades. Without you I truly wouldn’t be here,” she said.
Pitbull made two appearances, one with Jennifer Lopez and another with Christina Aguilera. His hit with Aguilera, “Feel This Moment,” samples A-Ha’s “Take On Me” and Morten Harket came out to sing a line from the song.
Comedian-actor Tracy Morgan was the show’s host, and he dressed as Psy in a bright yellow suit when the rapper-singer was onstage to present an award. They had a dance battle to Psy’s new single, “Gentleman.”
I’m sorry this has taken me so long to upload, but I’ve finally added HQ photos of Taylor at the GRAMMY Awards last Sunday night. Congratulations to Taylor, who won an award for ‘Safe and Sound’!
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I’ve added over 150HQ’s of Taylor at the People’s Choice Awards last night. Enjoy!
Congratulations to Taylor who picked up a People’s Choice Award for ‘Favourite Country Artist’. I’m adding photos to the gallery at the moment, but in the meantime, check out Taylor’s acceptance speech.
The people have spoken.
The 2013 People’s Choice Awards honored the favorite shows, movies and celebs that was chosen directly by the fans. And as with any award show, tonight offered multiple show moments and memories to note. So take a look!
Best Attempt at Being a Superhero: After some tips from Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and the Cullens (do we really have to label the names?), host Kaley Cuoco found her inner superhuman strength to fight the zombies who were dancing “Gangnam Style.”
Worst Tongue-Twister: Unfortunately, those superpowers didn’t help Cuoco when she needed to read the teleprompter. It’s all good, though, she just did a little laugh and started over. No one even noticed…(that’s a lie).
Best Reminder: She’s been in the biz for over 20 years now, and people still love her. Jennifer Aniston beat out Mila Kunis, Emily Blunt, Reese Witherspoon and Cameron Diaz for Best Comedic Actress for her role in Wanderlust. Rachel Green would be so proud!
Flashback Moment: Olivia Munn pulled a Kanye West (kinda) when Taylor Swift—who almost suffered a nip slip with that plunging neckline—was getting her Favorite Country Artist award by continuing to interrupt her acceptance speech. “This always happens to me,” Swift said. Poor thing.
Best Rejection: While introducing Alicia Keys’ performance, actor Shemar Moore revealed that when he first met the singer 10 years ago, he asked her out on a date. Her response? “Look here son, I respect your flirt game, but my man situation is handled.” Daaaaang! Z-snap.
Sweet Moment: The cameras quickly got a glimpse of Swizz Beats and son Egypt rocking out to mommy Keys’ performance. So cute!
Most Thank-Yous in One Speech: You’re welcome, Chris Colfer. The Glee star won Favorite Comedic Actor in a TV Series (along with costar Lea Michele for Favorite Comedic Actress) and said “thank you” nine times. Nine. Yeah, we didn’t mind.
Jennifer Lawrence’s 10 best red carpet looks
Most Interesting Speech: Adam Sandler spent about five hours (not really) letting the audience know some of his favorite things when accepting the award for Favorite Comedic Actor in a Movie. It included Halle Berry, Fiona Apple, People’s Choice audience and sleeping with his “third lower thumb inside dog.”
Best Flexibility: Stars Monica Potter and Anthony Anderson attempted to do a flash mob (while dressed in snazzy, gold attire) but failed. However, all was made up for when the duo went down in the splits. Touché!
Greatest Noobs: The sexy boybanders from The Wanted won their first award ever for Favorite Breakout Artist, and were so incredibly sweet about it, but that’s not the best part. They had promised that they’d sing Ellen DeGeneres a song if they won, so the guys did an a capella version of “Afternoon Delight” (similar to the Anchorman rendition), which was fantastic.
Fun Fact: Another reason to love Jennifer Lawrence? Well, she sweats a lot and admits it. “Oh my gosh, I’m sweating so much I’m gonna drop it [Favorite Movie Actress award]. Oh god, Robert Downey Jr. knows, I sweat all over you…when I shook his hand.” Oh, J.Law.
Best Sexy Slit: Whoa, Ellen Pompeo. That slit on her white gown stopped right before her lady bits. Go ‘head, girlfriend.
Congratulations to Taylor who has been nominated for a Golden Globe award for her ‘Safe and Sound’ song for The Hunger Games Soundtrack.
But, perhaps it was Taylor Swift who got the best birthday present on Thursday when she found her “Hunger Games” track, “Safe and Sound” (featuring the Civil Wars), had been nominated for Best Original Song – Motion Picture. She tweeted, “Best birthday surprise EVER-just found out that Safe&Sound is nominated for a GOLDEN GLOBE!! Thank you @goldenglobes and HFPA! #hungergames.”
Also, check out Taylor’s friends wishing her a happy birthday!