AMAs 2011: Taylor Swift Wins Entertainer of the Year; Adele Scores Favorite Album; Bruno Mars Upsets Justin Bieber
UPDATED: The country singer took home three trophies Sunday night; other big winners included Nicki Minaj, Adele, Lady Antebellum, Maroon 5, Rihanna, Beyonce, Bruno Mars and Katy Perry, who was surprised with a special award of achievement.
Taylor Swift topped the 39th annual American Music Awards on Sunday night, winning three awards, including entertainer of the year.
She beat Adele, Lady Gaga, Lil Wayne and Katy Perry for the honor at the fan-voted awards show, which took place at the Nokia Theatre at L.A. Live in downtown Los Angeles. Her win comes two weeks after she won her second entertainer of the year trophy at the 45th annual Country Music Association Awards in Nashville.
Swift also beat Miranda Lambert and Sara Evans in the favorite female country artist category. She also won for favorite country album, beating out The Band Perry and Jason Aldean.
Adele's 21 won for favorite album over the likes of Lady Gaga and Rihanna. The singer, who is recuperating from a Nov. 7 surgery to repair a hermorrhaged vocal cord, wasn't present to accept the award, nor did she do a video acceptance.
Another big winner was Nicki Minaj, who opened the show with her performance of "Super Bass" and "Turn Me On" alongside David Guetta. She was named favorite rap/hip-hop artist, winning over the likes of Lil Wayne and Kanye West.
She also took home the trophy for favorite rap/hip-hop album for Pink Friday, again beating out Lil Wayne and West & Jay-Z for the honor. In accepting the award, Minaj got teary onstage.
Meanwhile, in what is likely to be perceived as an upset, the Beliebers apparently didn't provide enough support for Justin Bieber, who lost out on the favorite male artist (pop/rock) award to Bruno Mars. Pitbull also was nominated in the category.
Elsewhere, Rihanna took home the trophy for favorite album (soul/R&B) for Loud. The singer, who beat out ex Chris Brown and Beyonce, accepted via video as she is currently performing on her world tour.
However, Beyonce later beat out Rihanna and her former Destiny's Child groupmate Kelly Rowland in the favorite female artist (soul/R&B) category. Like Rihanna, Beyonce also was not present and accepted via video.
Lady Antebellum won in the category of favorite band, duo or group, where fellow nominees included The Band Perry and Zac Brown Band.
Jennifer Lopez also was a winner Sunday night, beating out Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull to take home the trophy for favorite Latin music artist.
For the Sprint new artist of the year award, Hot Chelle Rae won in the pop/rock category.
Also during the show, Katy Perry was surprised with a special achievement award for being the first female pop singer to have five No. 1 singles off one album.
In addition to Minaj and Guetta, the night's performers included Justin Bieber, The Band Perry, OneRepublic, Lopez, Perry Iglesias and Brown.
There was no host for this year's show, which aired on ABC.