Taylor Swift delivered a powerful performance at the American Music Awards (AMAs) and made history by becoming the artist with the most wins of all time.
Taylor Swift won six American Music Awards, taking her all-time total to 29 and breaking Michael Jackson’s record.
The artist of the decade honour was announced well before Sunday night’s ceremony, but Swift also scooped the biggest prize of the night, artist of the year, from Drake, Ariana Grande, Halsey and Post Malone.
Accepting the award for the latter, Swift emotionally told the crowd gathered at Los Angeles’ Microsoft Theater that the previous 12 months had given her “some of the most amazing times” as well as “the hardest things I’ve gone through in my life”.
Swift has been embroiled in a high-profile feud with prominent talent manager Scooter Braun and her former record label over the rights to her back catalogue of six albums – a dispute that briefly put her performance at the AMAs under a cloud.
She ended up performing songs from throughout her career, including, “Love Story,” “I Knew You Were Trouble” and “Blank Space.” She also sang “Shake It Off,” with Halsey and Camila Cabello, and “Lover,” with a special performance by dancer Misty Copeland.
Halsey, Camila Cabello and Taylor Swift perform onstage during the 2019 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 24, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.