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American Music Awards — Swift defends traditional album buying
Memories PHOTO: REUTER S LOS ANGELES — Boy band One Direction took home top prizes at the American Music Awards (AMAs) last Sunday, as chartt opper Taylor Swift used the platform t o deli ver a s taunch def ence of tr aditional album bu ying.
The AMAs focus on commercial success, with fans voting for their favourites, in c ontrast to the older Gr ammy Awards in which music industry professionals select what they consider to be the y ear’s t op work.
One Direction won artist of the year and favourite album for Midnight Memories. T he B ritish quint et fle w t o Los Angeles f or the g ala c eremony at the Nokia T heatre, w here the y thank ed screaming f ans f or the b and’s su ccess in the U nited St ates.
Swift received a new award for excellence named in honour of the AMA ’s late f ounder, Dick Clar k, a pioneer of music television performances with his American Bandstand sho w.
Accepting the a ward fr om Motown legend Diana R oss, Swift said: “W hat you did b y going out and in vesting in music and albums is you’re saying that you believe in the same thing that I believe in — that music is v aluable and that music should be c onsumed in albums, and albums should be consumed as art and appr eciated.”
Swift’s lat est album, 1989, enjo yed the highest sales of any American album in its first week in 12 y ears. It f ar outpaced industry expectations by selling two million copies in the United States in it s fir st thr ee weeks.
After the album came out, S wift pulled her entire catalogue from Spotify, accusing the streaming service of devaluing music by not paying enough to artists.
Swift opened the e vening b y performing the album’s latest single Blank Space, in which she held a burning rose as she pushed back suitors who pranced around her holding open pictur e frames.
Hiphop bad boy Lil Wayne also took to the stage in a passionate dance with actress and singer Christina Milian, his rumoured gir lfriend.
They perf ormed Start a Fir e, with ABC television editing out some lyrics from the broadcast. The track is expected to be on Lil W ayne’s upcoming album Tha Carter V, which is scheduled for r elease on Dec ember 9.
— S apaAFP. WINNERS • Artis t — One Dir ection. • Ne w artis t o f the y ear — 5 Sec onds of S ummer; singl e o f the y ear — K aty Perry, f eaturing Juic y J — Dark Hor se. • F avourite mal e artis t: pop /rock — Sam S mith. • F avourite f emale artis t: pop /rock — Katy P erry. • F avourite b and, duo or gr oup: pop / rock — One Dir ection; f avourite album: pop /rock — One Dir ection — Midnight Memorie s. • F avourite mal e artis t: c ountry — Luke Bry an. • F avourite f emale artis t: c ountry — Carrie Underw ood. • F avourite b and, duo or gr oup: c ountry — Fl orida Geor gia Line . • F avourite album: c ountry — Br antley Gilbert — Just As I Am. • F avourite artis t: r ap/hip-hop — Iggy yonce. • F avourite e artis t: al ternative r ock — Imagine Dragons. • F avourite artis t: adul t contemporary — K aty Perry; . F avourite artis t: Latin — Enrique Iglesias. • F avourite artist: c ontemporary inspir ational — Casting Crowns. • F avourite artist: electronic
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