Taylor Swift Takes Top Honors At The 2022 AMAs, Wins 40th Award
Taylor Swift, the one and only queen of award shows, made history at the 2022 American Music Awards on Sunday.
The legendary songstress now has 40 AMAs to her name, which makes her the artist with the most AMAs ever. (Michael Jackson is the runner-up at 26 AMA awards.)
Swift was nominated in six categories this year, and she won every one of them — including the highly coveted artist of the year honor.
The “Anti-Hero” singer profusely thanked her fans for their continued support when she accepted her artist of the year award.
“You know, in the past few years, I have released more music than I did in the entire decade preceding that,” Swift reflected on stage. “And I really feel like that’s down to the fact that you, the fans, made it clear that you wanted to hear lots of music that I would make.”
The hitmaker continued, “You encouraged me, and so, I found that the more music I made and the more music that I put out, the happier I was, the more I kept that channel open and just kept creating, kept making things. I have the fans to thank essentially for my happiness, and I love you more than I can say,” she concluded.
Swift also took home favorite female pop artist, favorite female country artist and favorite pop and country album for her re-recorded album, Red: Taylor’s Version. The icon’s short film for her hit, “All Too Well (Taylor’s Version),” predictably won favorite music video this year.
Swift is up for four Grammys, and no one will be surprised if she also sweeps at the Feb. 5, 2023 award ceremony.
A notable part of the evening was “Boyfriend” singer Dove Cameron‘s moving speech after she won new artist of the year.
“I want to start by saying that every award I ever win will always be first and foremost dedicated to the queer community at large,” the former Disney star, who identifies as bisexual, emphasized.
She addressed the Nov. 19 Colorado Springs shooting at a queer club that left five people dead and 25 injured. “On the heels of the tragedy that happened at Club Q,” she said, “I want to remind everyone how important queer visibility is, and how important our community is.” Cameron directed fans to organizations like GLAAD and The Trevor Project.
One of the cringier moments of the show was when Chris Brown won favorite male R&B artist, and Kelly Rowland shushed the crowd’s boos when she presented his award.
“Thank you so much for making great music,” the singer addressed Brown, who was a no-show. “I want to tell him thank you for being an incredible performer…I love you!”
Brown was reportedly supposed to perform a Michael Jackson tribute on Sunday, and the AMAs canceled at the last minute.
The award show is now available to stream on Hulu.
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