Taylor Swift won her third consecutive artist of the year prize at the American Music Awards, but she missed the show, saying she’s busy re-recording her early music after her catalog was sold.
In a video that aired during Sunday’s awards show, the pop star said “the reason I’m not there tonight is I’m actually re-recording all of my old music in the studio where we originally recorded it. So it’s been amazing. And I can’t wait for you to hear it.” Scooter Braun, who manages Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande, said last year that his Ithaca Holdings company had acquired Big Machine Label Group, the home to Swift’s first six albums. This month, he said he’s sold the master rights to those albums to an investment company; Swift said shewould notwork with the buyers because Braun was still involved.
She beat out Bieber, Post Malone and Roddy Ricch to win the top award. Swift also won favorite music video and favorite pop/rock female artist, taking three honors and tying Bieber, whowon favorite pop/ rock male artist; Dan+ Shay; and TheWeeknd for themost wins Sunday.
Dan + Shaywon favorite country duo or group, collaboration of the year and favorite country song for “10,000 Hours,” the latter two shared with Bieber. The Weeknd won favorite soul/R&B male artist, favorite soul/R&B album for “After Hours” and favorite soul/R&B song for “Heartless.”
“Jeopardy!” record-holderKenJennings will be the first in a series of interim hosts replacing AlexTrebek when the showresumes production nextweek.
Producers said Monday that Jennings, whowon 74 games in a rowand claimed the show’s “Greatest of All Time” title in a competition last year, will host episodes that air in January.
A long-term host to replace Trebek, who died of cancer Nov. 8, will be named later.
The show’s executive producer said “Jeopardy!” will air repeat episodes for the holiday weeks beginning Dec. 21 and 28, meaning Trebek’s final week of shows will air starting Jan. 4. Jennings’ episodes begin Jan. 11.