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One Direction and Iggy Azalea win big at American Music Awards

Boy band One Direction and Australian hip-hop artist Iggy Azalea were the big stars at Sunday night’s 2014 American Music Awards, held at the Nokia Theatre at L.A. Live.

Britain-based One Direction grabbed three awards — artist of the year, favorite pop/rock band/duo/group and favorite pop/rock album.

Azalea — whose collaboration with singer Charli XCX on the song “Fancy” was one of the year’s biggest hits — had a fancy evening of her own, winning favorite rap/hip-hop artist and favorite rap/hip-hop artist.

Azalea went into the AMA ceremony with a leading six nominations — the two she won and artist of the year, new artist of the year, single of the year and favorite female pop/rock artist.

John Legend, Katy Perry and Pharrell Williams each had five award nominations.

Pop/country star Taylor Swift headlined an impressive list of artists who performed during the show. They included country legend Garth Brooks, Selena Gomez, Imagine Dragons, Fergie, Lorde and Sam Smith.

Swift also received the inaugural Dick Clark Award for Excellence, recognizing her as the only artist in history to have three albums — “Speak Now,” “Red” and “1989” — sell more than 1 million copies in their first week on the market.

Swift opened the show by performing her new single, “Blank Space.”

The AMAs, televised on ABC, were hosted by rapper Pitbull.

Winners are determined by online voting.

Here is a complete list of winners:

ARTIST OF THE YEAR
— One Direction

NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR PRESENTED BY KOHL’S
— 5 Seconds of Summer

SINGLE OF THE YEAR

— Iggy Azalea Featuring Charli XCX, “Fancy”
— John Legend, “All of Me”
— MAGIC!, “Rude”
— Katy Perry Featuring Juicy J, “Dark Horse”
— Pharrell Williams, “Happy”

FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – POP/ROCK
— Sam Smith

FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – POP/ROCK
— Katy Perry

FAVORITE BAND, DUO OR GROUP – POP/ROCK
— One Direction

FAVORITE ALBUM – POP/ROCK
— One Direction, “Midnight Memories”

FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – COUNTRY
— Luke Bryan

FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – COUNTRY
— Carrie Underwood

FAVORITE BAND, DUO OR GROUP – COUNTRY
— Florida Georgia Line

FAVORITE ALBUM – COUNTRY
— Brantley Gilbert, “Just As I Am”

FAVORITE ARTIST – RAP/HIP-HOP
— Iggy Azalea

FAVORITE ALBUM – RAP/HIP-HOP
— Iggy Azalea, “The New Classic”

FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – SOUL/R&B
— John Legend

FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – SOUL/R&B
— Beyonce

FAVORITE ALBUM  SOUL/R&B
— Beyonce, “Beyonce”

FAVORITE ARTIST – ALTERNATIVE ROCK
— Imagine Dragons

FAVORITE ARTIST – ADULT CONTEMPORARY
— Katy Perry

FAVORITE ARTIST – LATIN
— Enrique Iglesias

FAVORITE ARTIST – CONTEMPORARY INSPIRATIONAL
— Casting Crowns

FAVORITE ARTIST – ELECTRONIC DANCE MUSIC (EDM)
— Calvin Harris

FAVORITE SOUNDTRACK
— “Frozen”

SINGLE OF THE YEAR
— Katy Perry, Featuring Juicy J, “Dark Horse”

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