Last Update on November 24, 2014 08:09 GMT
IGGY AZALEA WINS FIRST AWARD EVER AT AMAS
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- One Direction and Katy Perry were the big winners at the American Music Awards, although Iggy Azalea probably is more excited than either of them. One Direction and Perry won three each, and One Direction won artist of the year. Azalea says her award for favorite rap/hip-hop album for "The New Classic" was the first award she's ever won in her life. She says hip-hop inspired her to move to America from Australia and pursue her dreams. She also won favorite rap/hip-hop artist. Sam Smith won for favorite male pop/rock artist. He says he wrote an album about being lonely and last night he couldn't feel further from lonely.
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Margie Szaroleta (zar-oh-LEH'-tah), AP music correspondent
One Direction and Katy Perry won the most trophies at the American Music Awards, but rapper Iggy Azalea had the most to celebrate. AP music correspondent Margie Szaroleta explains ((opens with music))
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Iggy Azalea, rapper
Iggy Azalea says she's proud that the first award she has ever won is for favorite hip-hop album. COURTESY: Dick Clark Productions ((mandatory on-air credit)) ((longer version of cut used in wrap))
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Sam Smith, musician
Sam Smith says winning the favorite pop/rock artist award gives him validation. COURTESY: Dick Clark Productions ((mandatory on-air credit))
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Charli XCX, performing "Boom Clap"
Charli XCX performing "Boom Clap" during broadcast. COURTESY: Dick Clark Productions ((mandatory on-air credit))
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Liam Payne, singer for One Direction
Liam Payne of One Direction says they didn't expect to win three awards, especially artist of the year. COURTESY: Dick Clark Productions ((mandatory on-air credit))
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Jennifer Lopez and Iggy Azalea
Jennifer Lopez and Iggy Azalea performing "Booty" during broadcast. COURTESY: Dick Clark Productions ((mandatory on-air credit))
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Mary J. Blige performing
Mary J. Blige performing "Therapy" during broadcast. COURTESY: Dick Clark Productions ((mandatory on-air credit))
TAYLOR SWIFT GETS SPECIAL AMERICAN MUSIC AWARD
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Taylor Swift is thanking all her fans who bought her albums because they chose to buy her music in that form. Swift said at last night's American Music Awards she appreciates fans for investing in her albums because it means they think like she does: "That music is valuable and that music should be consumed in albums and albums should be consumed as art and appreciated." Swift recently pulled her catalog off the music streaming service Spotify. Swift was given the Dick Clark Award for Excellence at the AMAs.
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Taylor Swift, musician
Taylor Swift accepts the Dick Clark Award for Excellence by thanking the fans for buying her albums. COURTESY: Dick Clark Productions ((mandatory on-air credit))
AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS: THE LIST
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Here is the full list of winners at the American Music Awards:
Artist of the year: One Direction
New artist of the year: 5 Seconds of Summer
Single of the year: Katy Perry feat. Juicy J, "Dark Horse"
Pop/rock female artist: Katy Perry
Pop/rock male artist: Sam Smith
Pop/rock band, duo or group: One Direction
Pop/rock album: One Direction, "Midnight Melodies"
Country female artist: Carrie Underwood
Country male artist: Luke Bryan
Country band, duo or group: Florida Georgia Line
Country album: Brantley Gilbert, "Just As I Am"
Rap/hip-hop artist: Iggy Azalea
Rap/hip-hop album: Iggy Azalea, "The New Classic"
Soul/R&B female artist: BeyoncT
Soul/R&B male artist: John Legend
Soul/R&B album: BeyoncT, "BeyoncT"
Latin artist: Enrique Iglesias
Alternative rock: Imagine Dragons
Adult contemporary: Katy Perry
Contemporary inspirational: Casting Crowns
Electronic dance music: Calvin Harris
BILLY GILMAN COMES OUT AS GAY
NASHVILLE (AP) -- Just hours after Ty Herndon came out as gay, Billy Gilman posted a video online saying he's gay too. Gilman says Herndon's admission made it easier for him to come out. Gilman hints he's been a victim of prejudice in the country music world. He says rumors about his sexuality have been going around for some time, and he knew something was wrong when no major label would take a meeting with him about his new music. Gilman says a reporter in Rhode Island took a photo of him with his partner of five months at a fall festival, and he decided he'd rather tell the world than have a report come out full of untruths.
KATY PERRY SET FOR SUPER BOWL HALFTIME
NEW YORK (AP) -- Katy Perry will be the halftime entertainment for the Super Bowl. The NFL has announced Perry will perform the halftime show on February 1.
COOL C EXECUTION DATE SET
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Pennsylvania's governor has set January 8 as the execution date for Cool C. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports Cool C was convicted of first-degree murder and robbery during a bank holdup on January 2, 1996. Philadelphia police officer Lauretha Vaird was shot and killed. Cool C has maintained he's innocent. He had two rap hits, "Glamorous Life" in 1989 and "Life in the Ghetto" in 1990.
CHER CANCELS TOUR
NEW YORK (AP) -- Cher has called off the rest of her "Dressed To Kill" concert dates. Cher suffered an infection that affected her kidney function in September and had to cancel some dates while she recovered. The rest of the tour is now off. A statement from her management says Cher's progress has been consistent but her doctors have advised her to take more time to recover. Cher calls the move a "crushing blow" and says she hopes to make up the dates next year.
BILLY JOEL WILL SET MSG RECORD
NEW YORK (AP) -- Billy Joel's love of playing New York's Madison Square Garden is setting a new record. He will have a record for the most performances by any artist at that venue when he plays his 65th show there on July 1. The current record-holder is his pal, Elton John.