LOS ANGELES(Hypebot) – It was not your typical acceptance speech from music's latest carefully scripted darling at last night's American Music Awards. Taylor Swift chose to use part of her precious podium time to defend the album and the value of music:
"By going out and investing in music and albums you're saying you believe in the same things I believe in – that music is valuable, and that music should be consumed as albums, and that albums should be consumed as art and appreciated."
The 42nd American Music Awards were held on November 23, 2014, at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles, California and aired live on ABC.
Artist of the year: One Direction
New artist of the year: 5 Seconds of Summer
Single of the year: "Dark Horse," Katy Perry feat. Juicy J
Dick Clark Award of Excellence: Taylor Swift
Favorite male artist — pop/rock: Sam Smith
Favorite female artist — pop/rock: Katy Perry
Favorite band, duo or group — pop/rock: One Direction
Favorite album — pop/rock: "Midnight Memories," One Direction
Favorite male artist — country: Luke Bryan
Favorite female artist — country: Carrie Underwood
Favorite band, duo or group — country: Florida Georgia Line
Favorite album — country: "Just As I Am," Brantley Gilbert
Favorite artist — rap/hip-hop: Iggy Azalea
Favorite album — rap/hip-hop: "The New Classic," Iggy Azalea
Favorite male artist — soul/R&B: John Legend
Favorite female artist — soul/R&B: Beyonce
Favorite album — soul/R&B: Beyonce
Favorite artist — adult contemporary: Katy Perry
Favorite artist — contemporary inspirational: Casting Crowns
Favorite artist — electronic dance music: Calvin Harris
Favorite artist — Latin: Enrique Iglesias
Favorite soundtrack: "Frozen"
International song award – Chopstick Brothers – "Little Apple"
International artist award – Zhang Zie