Taylor Swift continued her winning ways at the American Music Awards last night (Nov. 21), grabbing the highest honor, Artist of the Year Award, and two other honors. Even she was shocked.
UK singer Adele, who has dominated the charts this year with her album, 21, also won three awards for female pop artist, best album and top adult contemporary performer.
Her album has spent more than 37 weeks in the top five on the pop charts and has sold 10 million copies worldwide.
Adele recently underwent throat surgery on her vocal chords and did not attend the event last night.
American Music Awards Winners 2011
Artist of the Year: Taylor Swift
Pop/Rock Male Artist: Bruno Mars
Pop/Rock Female Artist: Adele
Pop/Rock Band/Duo/Group: Maroon 5
Pop/Rock Album: Adele, 21
Country Female Artist: Taylor Swift
Country Band/Duo/Group: Lady Antebellum
Country Album: Taylor Swift, Speak Now
Rap, Hip Hop, R&B Music
Rap/Hip-Hop Artist: Nicki Minaj
Rap/Hip-Hop Album: Nicki Minaj, Pink Friday
Soul/R&B Female Artist: Beyonce
Soul/R&B Album: Rihanna, Loud
Other Music, Special Awards
Alternative Artist: Foo Fighters
Adult Contemporary Artist: Adele
Latin Artist: Jennifer Lopez
Special Award: Katy Perry
Sprint New Artist of the Year: Hot Chelle Rae
The UK singer was also up for artist of the year, in a show dominated by female performers. But Swift, who also won entertainer of the year at the Country Music Awards earlier this month, seemed genuinely shocked at the AMA honor.
“This is one of the craziest things that has ever happened to me,” Swift said. “I have no idea what I’m supposed to say. I did not think this was going to happen.”
Earlier in the evening, Swift was profiled on the CBS news program “60 Minutes,” during which she said she takes being a role model seriously.
“I definitely think about a million people when I’m getting dressed in the morning and that’s just part of my life now,” she told Leslie Stahl.
Swift also won awards for favorite female country artist for the second straight year, and she nabbed best country album with her latest Speak Now.
Rapper Nicki Minaj was the other dominant female, She won rap and hip-hop AMAs for favorite artist and best album for “Pink Friday”
“This one could actually make me cry,” Minaj said onstage before wiping away tears. “I can’t believe this is happening.”
The AMA awards is among the most widely watched of the annual U.S. musical award shows, airing just ahead of the Christmas season.
Nominations for the Grammys, the most prestigious awards, will be announced Nov. 30.