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Amer­i­can Mu­sic Awards — Swift de­fends tra­di­tional al­bum buy­ing

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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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PHOTO: REUTER S

One Dir ec­tion po ses b ack­stage with their a wards f or f avourite r ock/pop b and/duo/group, artis t o f the y ear and f avourite r ock/pop al­bum f or dur­ing the 42nd Americ an Mu­sic A wards in L os Ang eles.

PHOTO: REUTERS

Aza­lea. • F avourite e al­bum: r ap/hip hop — Iggy Az alea a—— • F avourite e ma mal le e artis t: s oul/ RnB — John hn L egend. • F avourite e f fe­male emale arti artis st:t: soul R nB — Be yonce. • F avourite e al­bum: s soul/ oul/ RnB — Be yonce —...

PHOTO: REUTER S

Mem­bers o f 5 Sec onds o f S um­mer pose b ack­stage with their a ward for ne w artis t o f the y ear.

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