Swift wins big at American Music Awards

Singer nabbed all three kudos for which she was nommed

Taylor Swift was the surprise big winner at the 2011 American Music Awards on Sunday night, winning all three awards for which she was nominated.

The Pennsylvanian country thrush took home honors for artist of the year, country album (“Speak Now”) and female country artist, winning the latter for the fourth consecutive time.

2011 album-sales champ Adele also took three awards, for favorite pop/rock album, adult contemporary artist and female pop/rock artist, having come into the kudocast as the top nominee with four. Recovering from recent throat surgery, the Brit belter was missing from the ceremony.”

Orchestrated by Dick Clark Productions, the hostless, performance-driven AMAs took place at the Nokia Theater on a rainy night in Los Angeles, broadcast live on ABC. The nominations were determined by a combination of airplay, sales, video views and social media activity, while final awards were tallied via online voting.

Last year’s breakout Nicki Minaj was another repeat winner, taking home pointy statuettes for favorite hip-hop artist, as well as favorite hip-hop album for 2010’s “Pink Friday.”

Maroon 5 accepted the favorite pop/rock group award, and Bruno Mars won favorite male pop/rock artist. Blake Shelton won the male country artist award, while Lady Antebellum picked up the country duo or group award. Jennifer Lopez prevailed in the Latin music artist category.

Tennessee pop-rockers Hot Chelle Rae won the new artist award. Rihanna’s “Loud” took soul/R&B album honors, while Usher and Beyonce claimed the remaining two awards in the category.

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