Monday, November 21, 2011
The night's two big winners were Taylor Swift and Adele. Taylor Swift picked up all three awards for which she was nominated: Artist of the Year, Favorite Country Female Artist, and Favorite Country Album for Speak Now. It was her fourth time in a row winning Favorite Country Female Artist.
Adele had come into the night with a leading four nominations and also won three prizes: Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist, Favorite Pop/Rock Album for 21, and Favorite Adult Contemporary Artist. She missed out on Artist of the Year, however, losing to Taylor Swift.
Nick Minaj picked up prizes for Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Artist and Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Album for Pink Friday.
Katy Perry picked up an AMA for Special Achievement for being the first female artist to have five #1 hit songs from a single album.
The nominations for the AMAs were determined by airplay, sales, video views and social media activity. The award winners were selected by online voting.
Complete list of winners for the 39th annual American Music Awards
Artist of the Year
New Artist of the Year
Hot Chelle Rae
Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist
Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist
Favorite Pop/Rock Band/Duo/Group
Favorite Pop/Rock Album
21 – Adele
Favorite Country Male Artist
Favorite Country Female Artist
Favorite Country Band/Duo/Group
Favorite Country Album
Speak Now – Taylor Swift
Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Artist
Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Album
Pink Friday – Nicki Minaj
Favorite Soul/R&B Male Artist
Favorite Soul/R&B Female Artist
Favorite Soul/R&B Album
Loud – Rihanna
Favorite Alternative Artist
Favorite Adult Contemporary Artist
Favorite Latin Artist
Favorite Contemporary Inspirational Artist
AMA for Special Achievement