American Music Awards: Taylor Swift Breaks Michael Jackson's Record for All-Time Wins

4:41 PM 11/24/2019

by Hilary Lewis

The Artist of the Decade recipient won five competitive awards, bringing her total AMAs win tally to 28 prizes.

Going into the 2019 American Music Awards, all eyes were already on Artist of the Decade recipient Taylor Swift as viewers eagerly awaited whether she would, in fact, perform her past hits and address her recent dispute with Scott Borchetta and Scooter Braun over her right to do so on the live awards show.

Swift did perform past hits like "Love Story," "Shake It Off," "Blank Space" and others. However, she didn't directly address Borchetta and Braun, merely talking about the importance of songwriting and creating "something that will last."

Still, by the end of the show, it was clear it was Swift's night. The superstar singer-songwriter won five competitive awards, including the top prize of artist of the year, bringing her total tally of AMA wins over the course of her career to 28 (she had 23 career wins prior to Sunday night's show) and breaking Michael Jackson's record of most AMA wins of all time (the late King of Pop won 24 AMAs).

BTS and Khalid won the second highest number of awards of the night, taking home 3 awards each.

Six-time nominee Billie Eilish won two awards while fellow six-time nominee Ariana Grande was shut out. Carrie Underwood and Dan + Shay each won two awards.

Going into the night, the most nominated artist was Post Malone, who had seven nominations including nods for artist of the year, collaboration of the year and favorite male artist – pop/rock. Malone won one award.

Meanwhile, Lil Nas X, who tied Swift with five nods, won one award.

The AMA nominations are based on interactions on, streaming, album and digital song sales, radio airplay, social activity and touring. Winners are voted on entirely by fans.

Ciara is hosting the AMAs, airing live on ABC on the East Coast (tape delayed PT), from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

Dick Clark Productions, which produces the American Music Awards, is a division of Valence Media, which owns The Hollywood Reporter.

  • Artist of the Year

    Taylor Swift (WINNER)
    Ariana Grande
    Post Malone

  • New Artist of the Year

    Billie Eilish (WINNER)
    Luke Combs
    Lil Nas X
    Ella Mai

  • Collaboration of the Year

    Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello, "Señorita" (WINNER)
    Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper, Shallow"
    Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus, Old Town Road"
    Marshmello & Bastille, Happier"
    Post Malone & Swae Lee, "Sunflower (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse)"

  • Tour of the Year

    Ariana Grande
    Elton John
    Ed Sheeran

  • Favorite Music Video

    Taylor Swift, "You Need to Calm Down" (WINNER)
    Billie Eilish, "bad guy"
    Ariana Grande, "7 rings"
    Halsey, "Without Me"
    Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus, "Old Town Road"

  • Favorite Social Artist

    Billie Eilish
    Ariana Grande
    Shawn Mendes

  • Favorite Male Artist - Pop/Rock

    Khalid (WINNER)
    Post Malone

  • Favorite Female Artist - Pop/Rock

    Taylor Swift (WINNER)
    Billie Eilish
    Ariana Grande

  • Favorite Duo or Group - Pop/Rock

    Jonas Brothers
    Panic! At The Disco

  • Favorite Album - Pop/Rock

    Taylor Swift, Lover (WINNER)
    Billie Eilish, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
    Ariana Grande, thank u, next

  • Favorite Song - Pop/Rock

    Halsey, "Without Me" (WINNER)
    Jonas Brothers, "Sucker"
    Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus, "Old Town Road"
    Panic! At The Disco, "High Hopes"
    Post Malone & Swae Lee, "Sunflower (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse)"

  • Favorite Male Artist - Country

    Kane Brown (WINNER)
    Luke Combs
    Thomas Rhett

  • Favorite Female Artist - Country

    Carrie Underwood (WINNER)
    Kelsea Ballerini
    Maren Morris

  • Favorite Duo or Group - Country

    Dan + Shay (WINNER)
    Florida Georgia Line
    Old Dominion

  • Favorite Album - Country

    Carrie Underwood, Cry Pretty (WINNER)
    Kane Brown, Experiment
    Dan + Shay, Dan + Shay

  • Favorite Song - Country

    Dan + Shay, "Speechless" (WINNER)
    Luke Combs, "Beautiful Crazy"
    Blake Shelton, "God's Country"

  • Favorite Artist - Rap/Hip-Hop

    Cardi B (WINNER)
    Post Malone

  • Favorite Album - Rap/Hip-Hop

    Post Malone, Hollywood's Bleeding (WINNER)
    Meek Mill, Championships
    Travis Scott, Astroworld

  • Favorite Song - Rap/Hip-Hop

    Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus, "Old Town Road" (WINNER)
    Post Malone, "Wow."
    Travis Scott, "SICKO MODE"

  • Favorite Male Artist - Soul/R&B

    Bruno Mars (WINNER)
    Chris Brown

  • Favorite Female Artist - Soul/R&B

    Beyoncé (WINNER)
    Ella Mai

  • Favorite Album - Soul/R&B

    Khalid, Free Spirit (WINNER)
    Chris Brown, Indigo
    Ella Mai, Ella Mai

  • Favorite Song - Soul/R&B

    Khalid, "Talk" (WINNER)
    Lizzo, "Juice"
    Ella Mai, "Trip"

  • Favorite Artist - Alternative Rock

    Billie Eilish (WINNER)
    Imagine Dragons
    Panic! At The Disco

  • Favorite Artist - Adult Contemporary

    Taylor Swift (WINNER)
    Maroon 5

  • Favorite Artist - Latin

    J Balvin (WINNER)
    Bad Bunny

  • Favorite Artist - Contemporary Inspirational

    Lauren Daigle (WINNER)
    for KING & COUNTRY

  • Favorite Artist - Electronic Dance Music (EDM)

    Marshmello (WINNER)
    The Chainsmokers

  • Favorite Soundtrack

    Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen (WINNER)
    A Star is Born by Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper
    Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse