It was Nicki Minaj and Taylor Swift’s night at the 2011 American Music Awards on Sunday evening.
Nicki opened the award show with an electrifying performance alongside David Guetta while also picking up awards for favorite rap/hip hop artist and album. Taylor Swift added 3 more trophies to her collection including the biggest honor of the night, Artist of the Year.
While accepting one of her awards, Taylor told the audience, “I wrote this album while I was on the Fearless tour and so I ended up writing lots of these songs at four in the morning in hotel rooms… And the fact that you would honor it in this way, you just have no idea what this means to me… I want to thank all the fans for remembering the lyrics and for caring about lyrics, I’m just so thankful and I’m so happy.”
Katy Perry also took home a special achievement prize for becoming the first woman in the history of pop music to have five number one singles from one album.
Full list of winners inside…
The 2011 ceremony featured the most live collaborations in the show’s history as Nicki Minaj and David Guetta got the evening off to a blazing start performing their new track “Turn Me On.” Pitbull, Lil Jon and Marc Anthony also teamed up for “Reign Over Me,” while Enrique Iglesias and Ludacris took to the stage for “Tonight.”
Adam Levine did double duty singing “Moves Like Jagger” with Christina Aguilera and his band Maroon 5 before racing to join Gym Class Heroes on their tune “Stereo Hearts.” Jennifer Lopez also pulled out all the stops as she sang “On the Floor” with Pitbull and later brought down the house at Los Angeles’ Nokia Theatre by debuting her new song “T.H.E. (The Hardest Ever)” with will.i.am.
The complete list of winners from the 39th annual American Music Awards:
Favorite Male Artist, Pop or Rock – Bruno Mars
Favorite Female Artist, Pop or Rock – Adele
Favorite Band, Duo or Group, Pop or Rock – Maroon 5
Favorite Album, Pop or Rock – Adele (21)
Favorite Male Artist, Country – Blake Shelton
Favorite Female Artist, Country – Taylor Swift
Favorite Band, Duo or Group, Country – Lady Antebellum
Favorite Album, Country -Taylor Swift (Speak Now)
Favorite Artist, Rap/Hip-Hop – Nicki Minaj
Favorite Album, Rap/Hip-Hop – Nicki Minaj (Pink Friday)
Favorite Male Artist, Soul/R&B – Usher
Favorite Female Artist, Soul/R&B – Beyonce
Favorite Album, Soul/R&B – Rihanna (Loud)
Favorite Artist, Alternative Rock – Foo Fighters
Favorite Artist, Adult Contemporary – Adele
Favorite Artist, Latin – Jennifer Lopez
Favorite Artist, Contemporary Inspirational – Casting Crowns
Artist of the Year – Taylor Swift
New Artist Of The Year – Hot Chelle Rae