At the Amer­i­can Mu­sic Awards

Weekend Witness - - Scene Around -

LOS AN­GE­LES — Pop diva Tay­lor Swift was named artist of the year at the Amer­i­can Mu­sic Awards (AMA) last Sun­day, while other big win­ners in­cluded Bri­tish boy band One Di­rec­tion and crooner Justin Timberlake.

Swift, who took to the stage in a shiny golden mini­dress, also won favourite coun­try artist and favourite coun­try al­bum for Red at the AMAs, which are voted on by the pub­lic.

Other high­lights in­cluded typ­i­cally idio­syn­cratic per­for­mances by Lady Gaga and Mi­ley Cyrus, who wrapped up the three­hour show by singing her hit Wreck­ing Ball with a gi­ant cry­ing kit­ten.

Katy Perry opened the show on a Ja­panese theme, emerg­ing de­murely from be­hind a gei­ sha­girl flanked screen in a ki­mono, be­fore launch­ing into her lat­est hit Un­con­di­tion­ally.

The show was aired live from the Nokia The­atre in down­town Los An­ge­les and was hosted by Latino rap­per Pit­bull. Timberlake was the first win­ner, win­ning the favourite pop/rock male prize, as well as best R ’n B/soul al­bum and best male R ’n B/soul artist. One Di­rec­tion, who sang a stripped­down ver­sion of their song Story of My Life, ended the evening as win­ners for favourite pop/rock group and pop/rock al­bum for Take Me Home. Ri­hanna won best fe­male R ’n B/soul artist, and was also pre­sented with an AMA Icon award by her mother, who she joked used to say she had “an an­noy­ing, husky, lit­tle­man voice.”

The evening took a brief po­lit­i­cal turn when best rap/hip­hop al­bum went to Mack­le­more and Ryan Lewis, who used a satel­lite link speech from Mi­ami to re­fer to the no­to­ri­ous killing of black Florida teen Trayvon Martin.

“Due to the fact that we are in Florida ... I want to ac­knowl­edge Trayvon Martin and the hun­dreds and hun­dreds of chil­dren each year who are dy­ing due to racial pro­fil­ing and the vi­o­lence that fol­lows it,” said Mack­le­more.

But it was left to Cyrus — closely watched ever since her twerk­ing turn at the MTV Video Mu­sic Awards — to end the show in suit­ably Twit­ter­storm­ing style, in a cat­cov­ered bikini and with a gi­ant kit­ten singing along.

— Sapa­AFP.

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