AMAs: The Whirlwind Year of the Single of the Year Nominees

Pharrell Williams

Who owns the AMAs best song of 2014?

Each of the American Music Awards’ nominees for single of the year has had its moment in the limelight, whether it was Katy Perry’s bewitching performance of “Dark Horse” at the Grammy’s, “Fancy’s” domination of the summer airwaves, or the 24 hour cycle of “Happy” music videos that can be found (and danced to) on YouTube. Below are all the nominees for 2014’s AMAs single of the year:


“Happy” actually qualified for a 2014 AMA nomination through a slight technicality—although Pharrell Williams originally released “Happy” in November of 2013 (prior to the Dec. 1 start date for 2014 eligibility), it was reissued on Dec. 16 by Columbia Records, edging itself in as a top contender for single of the year. 


Dubbed by many pundits as the song of summer 2014, “Fancy” helped Iggy Azalea break multiple music industry records and become one of the top new artists of 2014. 


Although Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy” held off “Rude’s” bid for the title of Billboard’s song of the summer, MAGIC!’s hit did dethrone “Fancy” in July and claimed the top spot on Billboard’s Hot 100. As the Canadian band has gotten the chance to explain in their many talk show appearances, the reggae song originally referred to the girlfriend as the one who was rude, but MAGIC! felt that it gave off a “dark vibe” and revised it to have a more uplifting message.


Another song to be released in the fall of 2013, “All of Me” was given new life the following January when John Legend released a remix of the song featuring EDM artist Tiësto. Interestingly, the music video for the song (which was written about Legend’s fiancé) contains actual footage from their wedding.


Although Katy Perry didn’t have the top selling single of 2014, she boasts the highest cumulative total of digital singles ever sold (72 million) according to the Recording Industry Association of America. The song boasts 685 million views for "Dark Horse" music video on YouTube. To promote her album Prism, Perry partnered with Pepsi Co. to allow her fans to vote for the early release of one song—they picked “Dark Horse."