One Direction, Taylor Swift and Sam Smith all collected gongs at the awards bash in Los Angeles. One Direction took home three awards at the annual American Music Awards in Los Angeles, including the night’s biggest prize for Artist of the Year.
The British boy band – who performed their new song Night Changes – also won Best Pop/Rock Band and Best Pop/Rock Album. Accepting their third prize of the evening , Liam Payne enthused: "I can’t believe we’ve won three, it’s amazing, it’s so cool."
Shake It Off hitmaker Taylor Swift was also honoured with a special recognition award, the newly created Dick Clark Award for Excellence, and was humbled to be presented the gong by music legend Diana Ross.
Taylor, 24, appeared to use her platform to take a further swipe at music streaming service Spotify by thanking her fans for buying her album and supporting "art". She said: "What you did by going out and investing in music and albums is you are saying that you believe in the same thing that I believe in: that music is valuable and music should be consumed in albums and albums should be consumed as art and appreciated."
Other winners on the night included Sam Smith, who won Best Pop/Rock Male Artist, and Katy Perry, who earned Best Pop/Rock Female Artist.
See the full list of AMAs 2014 winners:
- Dick Clark Award for Excellence – Taylor Swift
- Artist of the Year – One Direction
- Best Pop/Rock Band – One Direction
- Best Rap/Hip-Hop Album – The New Classic , Iggy Azalea
- Best Pop/Rock Album – Midnight Memories , One Direction
- Best Pop/Rock Male Artist – Sam Smith
- Best Pop/Rock Female Artist – Katy Perry
- Best Country Male Artist – Luke Bryan
- Best Alternative Rock Artist – Imagine Dragons
- Best New Artist of the Year – 5 Seconds of Summer
- Best Rap/Hip-Hop Artist – Iggy Azalea
- Best Country Album – Just As I Am , Brantley Gilbert
- Best Latin Artist – Enrique Iglesias
- Single of the Year – Dark Horse , Katy Perry feat. Juicy J
- Best Country Female Artist – Carrie Underwood
- Best Country Band – Florida Georgia Line
- Best Soul/R&B Male Artist – John Legend
- Best Soul/R&B Female Artist – Beyonce
- Best Soul/R&B Album – BEYONCE , Beyonce
- Best Electronic Dance Music (EDM) Artist – Calvin Harris
- Best Soundtrack – Frozen