Taylor Swift won three trophies at the 39th annual American Music Awards Sunday night, but the singer's ability to act surprised and excited may be worthy of an Emmy. Swift also won favorite country female artist for a fourth straight year and favorite country album, bringing to 10 the number of AMA trophies on her shelf in her young career.
"This is like one of the craziest things that has ever happened to me," Swift said as she accepted for artist of the year. It was her second time winning the biggest honor.
The Country Music Association gave Swift its entertainer of the year award earlier this month. "I can't tell you how much I'm really loving this fall season so far," Swift said backstage after the show.
Rapper Nicki Minaj gave thanks to Swift when she accepted for favorite rap/hip hop artist. And she bowed to Swift as she was handed the favorite hip hop album trophy. He also had a big night, opening the show with a collaborative performance with David Guetta and winning her first two AMA honors.
When Beyonce won the favorite soul/R&B female artist award, producers played a videotape of her explaining she wasn't at the Los Angeles show because was in New York to promoted a new DVD.
Rihanna, who beat Chris Brown and Beyonce to win the favorite R&B/soul album award, also accepted with a videotaped speech thanking her fans.
Lopez wore a flesh-colored, skin-tight, sequined body suit for a big dance performance of her song "Papi." Latin rapper Pitbull then joined her for their "On the Floor" collaboration. She later joined will.i.am onstage for another song.
Maroon 5 won the favorite pop/rock band/duo/group category, their first AMA trophy. "We want to win a Grammy, an Academy Award, the Super Bowl and an Emmy," frontman Adam Levine said backstage.
Tennessee-based pop rock group Hot Chelle Rae was chosen new artist of the year. "We're not really accustomed to this feeling, but we feel like we're on cloud nine," lead singer Ryan Follese said backstage.
Katy Perry received "a special award of achievement" for being the first woman in the history of pop music to have five no. 1 singles from the same album. Michael Jackson was the first artist to get such an AMA honor.