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Taylor Swift wins big at American Music Awards

Country singer wins artist of the year for second time

Taylor Swift won big at Sunday’s American Music Awards, outshining her stiff competition.

While the singer-songwriter tied Adele with three wins, she stole the night after she beat Adele, Lady GaGa, Katy Perry and Lil Wayne for artist of the year, the award show’s highest accolade.

The 21-year-old country superstar previously won the award in 2009. Swift received trophies Sunday for favorite country female artist and favorite country album for “Speak Now.” “This is so crazy,” she said.

Adele had been the night’s expected favorite, leading with four nominations. She grabbed three awards, favorite pop/rock female artist, adult contemporary artist and pop/rock album for “21.” The British singer was absent from the show because she is recovering from recent throat surgery.

The night’s other winners include Maroon 5 as favorite pop/rock band/duo/group, Beyonce as favorite soul/R&B female artist, Bruno Mars as pop/rock male artist and Rihanna for favorite soul/R&B album for “Loud.”

The 39th annual ceremony lasted three hours and took place inside Los Angeles’ Nokia Theatre. Musical performances were made by Nicki Minaj, Justin Bieber, Kelly Clarkson, The Band Perry, Katy Perry, Chris Brown and Jennifer Lopez.

For a complete list of American Music Awards winners, go here.

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