Swift, MJ win big at American Music Awards

Nov. 23, 2009 at 12:18 AM
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LOS ANGELES, Nov. 23 (UPI) -- Taylor Swift won five awards, including Artist of the Year, and the late Michael Jackson won four awards Sunday at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles.

Swift -- who was named entertainer of the year and won three other Country Music Association awards Nov. 11 -- added to her collection Sunday with AMA honors for favorite female rock-pop artist, female country artist, adult contemporary artist and country album for "Fearless."

Jackson, who died June 25 at 50, won for favorite male pop-rock artist and male soul-R&B artist. His "Number Ones" won for favorite pop-rock album and soul-R&B album.

The Black Eyed Peas won two AMA honors, for favorite pop-rock and favorite soul-R&B band, duo or group. Jay-Z also won twice -- his "Blueprint 3" was named favorite rap or hip-hop album and he won for favorite male rap or hip-hop artist.

Beyonce won for favorite female soul-R&B artist. Keith Urban was named favorite male country artist and Rascal Flatts won for favorite country band, duo or group.

The "Twilight Soundtrack" won for favorite soundtrack album and Green Day was named favorite alternative rock artist. Aventura won for favorite Latin artist, Mary Mary took the honor for favorite contemporary inspirational artist and Gloriana was named breakthrough artist of 2009.

The awards were presented Sunday at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles in ceremonies televised by ABC.

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