Taylor Swift was named Artist of the Year at the 39th Annual American Music Awards on Sunday at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. Produced by Dick Clark Productions, the 2011 AMAs aired live on ABC, and online music fans played a considerable role in the outcome.
AMA nominees were selected from both BigChampagne’s Ultimate Chart and Mediabase, and the winners were chosen by online public voting. The Ultimate Chart combines music sales, radio and TV broadcast, internet streaming and video viewing, along with additional online metrics like social network activity. Mediabase continuously monitors more than 1,800 radio stations in 180 U.S. and Canadian markets and provides airplay and programming information to more than 1,700 affiliate radio stations and every major broadcast group.
This year the AMA’s also included an online pre-show streamed worldwide at ABC.com, Livestream.com/AMAs and other partner sites. Coca-Cola Red Carpet LIVE! @ the 2011 AMAs was hosted by Lance Bass, Michael Buckley, Estelle, Sarah Hyland, Mario, Audrina Patridge and Josh Sussman. It was a complement to ABC’s pre-show live broadcast Countdown to the American Music Awards hosted by Chris Harrison and Vanessa Lachey with live reporting by Ryan Devlin.
In addition to Artist of the Year, Swift (pictured) also took home Favorite Female Artist/Country Music and Favorite Album/Country. Adele also won three awards: Favorite Female Artist/ Pop/Rock, Favorite Album/ Pop/Rock and Favorite Artist/ Adult Contemporary. Nicki Minaj, in her first AMA appearance, was honored with Favorite Artist, Rap/Hip-Hop and Favorite Album, Rap/Hip-Hop.
Other honorees include Maroon 5 as Favorite Band Duo or Group/ Pop/Rock, Jennifer Lopez as Favorite Artist/Latin Music, and Hot Chelle Rae being named Sprint New Artist of the Year. Additionally, Katy Perry received a special AMA Award of Achievement for being the first woman in the history of pop music to have five No. 1 singles from one album.
39th Annual American Music Awards WinnersPOP or ROCK MUSIC
Favorite Male Artist: Bruno Mars
Favorite Female Artist: Adele
Favorite Band, Duo or Group: Maroon 5
Favorite Album: Adele, 21COUNTRY MUSIC
Favorite Male Artist: Blake Shelton
Favorite Female Artist: Taylor Swift
Favorite Band, Duo or Group: Lady Antebellum
Favorite Album: Taylor Swift, Speak NowRAP/HIP-HOP MUSIC
Favorite Artist: Nicki Minaj
Favorite Album: Nicki Minaj, Pink FridaySOUL/RHYTHM & BLUES MUSIC
Favorite Male Artist: Usher
Favorite Female Artist: Beyonce
Favorite Album: Rihanna, LoudALTERNATIVE ROCK MUSIC
Favorite Artist: Foo FightersADULT CONTEMPORARY MUSIC
Favorite Artist: AdeleLATIN MUSIC
Favorite Artist: Jennifer LopezCONTEMPORARY INSPIRATIONAL
Favorite Artist: Casting CrownsARTIST OF THE YEAR
Taylor SwiftSPRINT NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Hot Chelle Rae