Boy bands top American
Music Awards, ladies lead performances
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[November 24, 2014] By
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Boy
bands bested pop's leading women in the top award
categories at the American Music Awards on Sunday, but
the ladies delivered the most high-octane performances
including a derriere-flaunting number by Jennifer Lopez
and Iggy Azalea.
British boy band One Direction won the top award of the night
for artist of the year, and led the winners with three accolades
in the fan-voted awards.
"It's amazing because we worked so hard on these last two
albums," band member Liam Payne said. The five-piece band
performed its latest single "Night Changes" against a night-time
Katy Perry also won three awards, but did not attend the awards
show because she is on tour in Australia.
Boy band power proved strong as Australian newcomers 5 Seconds
of Summer won the coveted new artist of the year award.
Azalea, the newcomer Australian rapper, won favorite rap/hip hop
album for "The New Classic" and favorite rap/hip hop artist over
Eminem and Drake in both categories.
"As musicians, we receive so much critique and we really
question what we're doing, but I think this validates that I'm
on the right path," the 24-year-old Azalea said.
A sultry Taylor Swift performed "Blank Space" on stage and was
awarded the first-ever Dick Clark Award for Excellence, in
memory of the founder of the American Music Awards who died in
2012. She received the award from R&B diva Diana Ross.
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"I'm so blown away to have just received an award from Diana Ross,
who over the course of her career stood up for herself so many times
in a period when it wasn't popular for women to stand up for
themselves," Swift said.
Much of the three-hour awards show, aired on ABC, was dedicated to
performances dominated by the ladies of pop music, including a
raunchy rendition of "Booty" by Azalea and Lopez, with lots of
Pop stars Grande, Selena Gomez and Nicki Minaj opted for less
audacious performances showcasing their vocal talents.
Grande sang "One Less Problem" and "Break Free" with a jazz twist
while an emotional Gomez sang "The Heart Want What It Wants,"
rumored to be about her on-off relationship with Justin Bieber.
Minaj and Skylar Grey performed their duet "Bed of Lies."
Grande and Minaj later spiced up the stage with Jessie J with their
upbeat "Bang Bang."
(Reporting by Piya Sinha-Roy; Editing by Cynthia Osterman and Paul
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