Taylor Swift, Adele, Nicki Minaj and More Win Big at AMAs

Rucuss staffNovember 21, 2011

Country singer Taylor Swift took home the top honor as artist of the year at the American Music Awards.

Swift was shocked as the crowd at Sunday’s event at the Nokia Theatre. She thanked her fans continuously before admitting she, “had no idea what to say” during her acceptance speech. She finally gained her composure and thanked her parents and a few others who helped propel her to stardom.

Swift always has a shocked expression when she accepts an award. But she had reason to be surprised this time around. She wasn’t the favorite, because Adele’s “21” is the top-selling album of the year. We’re sure Adele was pissed for a moment. But she didn’t go away empty-handed. She won favorite pop/rock album, pop/rock artist and adult contemporary artist.

Swift also won favorite country album for “Speak Now.” It was the second time she’s won such an award at the fan-voted proceedings. Nicki Minaj was also a multiple winner. She was named favorite rap/hip hop artist. She also took hom favorite rap album for “Pink Friday.”

FULL LIST OF WINNERS:

Adult Contemporary Artist: Adele

Alternative Rock Artist: Foo Fighters

Contemporary Inspirational Artist: Casting Crowns

Country Female Artist: Taylor Swift

Country Male Artist: Blake Shelton

Country Band, Duo or Group: Lady Antebellum

Country Album: Taylor Swift, “Speak Now”

Latin Music Artist: Jennifer Lopez

Pop/Rock Female Artist: Adele

Pop/Rock Male Artist: Bruno Mars

Pop/Rock Band, Duo or Group: Maroon 5

Pop/Rock Album: Adele, “21”

Rap/Hip-Hop Artist: Nicki Minaj

Rap/Hip-Hop Album: Nicki Minaj, “Pink Friday”

Soul/R&B Female Artist: Beyonce

Soul/R&B Male Artist: Usher

Soul/R&B Album: Rihanna, “Loud.”

Artist of the Year: Taylor Swift

New Artist of the Year: Hot Chelle Rae

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