Taylor Swift dominates again at the American Music Awards

LOS ANGELES, Nov 20 (Reuters) – Superstar singer and songwriter Taylor Swift won all six trophies she was vying for on Sunday at the American Music Awards, including the night’s top prize: Entertainer of the Year.

The new AMA accolades brought Swift’s lifetime total to 40, breaking her own record for most wins at the world’s biggest fan-voted awards show.

The ‘Anti-Hero’ singer, dressed in a sparkling gold jumpsuit, said fan support in recent years has encouraged her to write more music, which has made her happier.

“I basically have to thank the fans for my happiness,” Swift told a cheering crowd at the ceremony in Los Angeles.

“I can’t express how amazing it is to me that I’m still doing this and you still care,” she added.

The 32-year-old singer has released four original albums and two re-recordings in the past three years, more than her entire output from the previous decade. Songs from her latest album, “Midnights,” took all of the top 10 spots on the Billboard singles chart after her debut in October.

In her multiple acceptance speeches on Sunday, Swift did not mention issues that plagued Ticketmaster sales for her upcoming tour last week, prompting the company to apologize to her late Friday.

Other honors for Swift on Sunday included Favorite Pop Album, Country Album and Video for her re-recording of 2012’s “Red” album. The singer remade albums from her past because of a dispute with her old record company.

For Entertainer of the Year, Swift triumphed over formidable names such as Beyonce, Harry Styles, The Weeknd, Drake, Adele and Bad Bunny, who had left overnight with eight nominations in the lead. The Puerto Rican rapper and singer received two awards, Favorite Latin Male Artist and Favorite Latin Album for “Un Verano Sin Ti.”

Pop singer Pink opened the AMAs show by dancing and singing on roller skates to her catchy song “Never Gonna Not Dance Again.” Later in the ceremony, she performed “Hopelessly Devoted to You” in tribute to Olivia Newton-John, the “Grease” singer who died in August.

Musician Lionel Richie, known for “All Night Long” and other 1980s hits, has been celebrated with the AMA’s Icon Award. Stevie Wonder and Charlie Puth performed a medley of Richie songs on dueling pianos.

Dove Cameron, a former Disney Channel actress who hit the Billboard charts this year with the pop single “Boyfriend”, has been named Best New Artist.

Comedian and host Wayne Brady rapped in his monologue at the start of the show. “Nobody’s getting slapped tonight,” Brady joked, referencing Will Smith’s infamous attack on Chris Rock at the Oscars.

Reporting by Danielle Broadway in Los Angeles; Additional reporting by Lisa Richwine; Editing by Stephen Coates, Robert Birsel and Gerry Doyle

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