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One Direction, Perry win big at AMAs


One Direction, Perry win big at AMAs

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LOS ANGELES – One Direction won artist of the year at the American Music Awards and was the night’s big winner next to Katy Perry.

One Direction also won favourite band, duo or group – pop/rock and favourite album – pop/rock for Midnight Memories at the fan-voted show last night.

Perry won three honours as well, including single of the year for No. 1 hit Dark Horse, favourite female artist – pop/rock and favourite artist – adult contemporary.

Though she was absent on tour in Australia, the 2014 AMAs was still jam-packed with star power at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live. Breakthrough Australian newcomer Iggy Azalea, who was the top nominee with six, won favourite album – rap/hip-hop for The New Classic and favourite artist — rap/hip-hop, taking down rap heavyweights Eminem and Drake.

Australian boy band 5 Seconds of Summer won new artist of the year, and they also performed a cover of The RomanticsWhat I Like About You.

Taylor Swift received the first-ever Dick Clark Award for Excellence, presented by Diana Ross.

Sam Smith, who also performed, won favourite male artist –pop/rock.

Beyonce, who didn’t attend, won favourite female artist – soul/R&B and favourite album – soul/R&B for her self-titled effort.

Luke Bryan took home favourite male artist, country and Carrie Underwood was named favourite female artist, country. The soundtrack for Frozen, the year’s top-selling album, won top soundtrack.