Singer Taylor Swift appears backstage with her awards for Favorite Pop Album, Favorite Female Pop Artist, Favorite Music Video, Favorite Country Album, Favorite Female Country Artist and Artist of the Year at the 50th annual American Music Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday. Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | License Photo
Nov. 20 (UPI) -- Taylor Swift was the big winner at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles Sunday, picking up prizes in all of the six categories in which she was nominated.
Swift earned the honors for Best Female Pop Artist, Best Female Country Artist and Best Country Album for Red (Taylor's Version) before the ABC broadcast even began.
Later in the evening, she was declared Artist of the Year, while her record Red also won for Best Pop Album and "All Too Well" won for Best Music Video.
Swift was recently in the news for responding to fans over issues with Ticketmaster, who canceled general public sales for the Eras tour Thursday due "to extraordinarily high demands on ticketing systems and insufficient remaining ticket inventory."
"We've been doing this for decades together and over the years, I've brought so many elements of my career in house. I've done this SPECIFICALLY to improve the quality of my fans' experience by doing it myself with my team who care as much about my fans as I do," Swift said Friday on Instagram Stories. "It's really difficult for me to trust an outside entity with these relationships and loyalties, and excruciating for me to just watch mistakes happen with no recourse."
Bad Bunny won for Best Male Latin Artist and his Un Verano Sin Ti was named Best Latin Album. Anitta won for Best Female Latin Artist.
Beyonce was voted Best R&B Artist and her Renaissance won for Best R&B Album. The Best Male R&B Artist statuette went to Chris Brown.
Kendrick Lamar scored the title of Best Male Hip-Hop Artist and his Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers was deemed Best Hip-Hop Album. Nicki Minaj won Best Female Hip-Hop Artist.
Morgan Wallen earned the accolade of Best Male Country Artist and his "Wasted on You" won for Best Country Song.
Harry Styles earned the Best Male Pop Artist award and Best Pop Song prize for "As it Was," while BTS grabbed the prizes for Best K-Pop Artist and Best Pop Duo or Group.
Dove Cameron was named Best New Artist and gave one of the most memorable speeches of the evening.
"Every award that I ever win will always first and foremost be dedicated to the queer community at large," Cameron said as she accepted her honor.
"You guys have carved out such a space for me to be myself and write music about it. I've never felt safer and more loved and more supported and I hope I can give you that same semblance in my music," she added. "On the heels of the tragedy that happened at Club Q in Colorado Springs, I want to remind you how important queer visibility is and how important our community is and I want to direct your attention to organizations like GLAAD and the Trevor Project for what you can do right now."
Machine Gun Kelly later won for Best Rock Artist, Dan + Shay picked up the trophy for Best Country Duo or Group and WIZKID went home with the Best AfroBeats Artist honor.
Maneskin scored the Best Rock Song trophy for "Beggin'" and "Wait For U" by Future won for Best Hip-Hop Song.
Other highlights of the show included Pink's tribute to the late singer, Olivia Newton-John, who died of cancer in August at the age of 73, and Lionel Richie getting the Icon Award for career achievement.
Host Wayne Brady opened the show with a comedic song declaring what a big, lifelong fan of music he is and promising no one would get slapped, a nod to Will Smith's infamous attack on comedian Chris Rock at the Oscars.
Favorite Rock Artist winner Machine Gun Kelly arrives for the American Music Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on November 20, 2022. Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | License Photo