Sunday, 20 November 2011

American Music Awards 2011: Maroon 5 and Taylor Swift win early awards

Maroon 5 and Taylor Swift picked up the first trophies of the night at Sunday's American Music Awards.

The group accepted the award for favorite pop-rock band/duo/group, while Swift received the honor for favorite country female artist.

Pictures: American Music Awards red carpet
Special section: Awards season

Minaj launched the 39th annual fan-favorite ceremony with a performance featuring tethered back-up dancers, stilt-walking robots and super-producer David Guetta emerging from behind a pillar of speakers. The pink-haired singer - wearing a pair of speakers on her much-talked about posterior - kicked off the show with "Turn Me On" before launching into "Super Bass." She returned to the stage shortly after, to accept the award for favorite rap/hip-hop artist.

"Oh my god, you guys, there's so much love in this room," Minaj said. She also thanked Taylor Swift, a big fan of her "Super Bass" hit.

Justin Bieber, The Band Perry and Chris Brown also took to the stage early in the ceremony. Other performers include Drake, Jennifer Lopez, Kelly Clarkson and Christina Aguilera.

Stars braved Sunday's rainy weather to walk the tented red carpet outside the Nokia Theatre in unusually dreary Los Angeles for the 39th annual performance-packed show.

Adele is the leading nominee at this year's AMAs, but the British singer won't be attending Sunday's ceremony because she is recovering from recent throat surgery, which she said was "a success."

The 23-year-old singer is up for four awards: Female artist, adult contemporary artist, artist of the year and favorite album for "21," the country's best-selling album this year.

Other top nominees include Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Lil Wayne, Rihanna, Swift and The Band Perry, who have three bids apiece. Fans chose the winners by voting online.

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