posted at 21:50
Author Name:
One Direction, Taylor Swift shine at American Music Awards
The American Music Awards focus on commercial success with fans voting for their favorites, in contrast to the older Grammy Awards in which music industry professionals select what they consider to be the year's top work. One Direction, the heartthrobs who have released albums every year since 2011, won the biggest prizes including Artist of the Year and Favorite Album with their latest work, "Midnight Memories". Taylor Swift received a new award for excellence named in honor of the American Music Awards' late founder Dick Clark, a pioneer of music television performances with his "American Bandstand" show. Thanking her fans, Swift said: "What you did by going out and investing in music and albums is you're saying that you believe in the same thing that I believe in - that music is valuable and that music should be consumed in albums, and albums should be consumed as art and appreciated." Swift's latest album, "1989", enjoyed the highest sales of any US album in its first week in 12 years. After the album came out, Swift pulled her entire catalog from Spotify, accusing the fast-growing streaming service of devaluing music by not paying enough back to artists. Swift opened the evening by performing the album's latest single "Blank Space", in which the 24-year-old singer - playing at her reputation for short-lived relationships - held a burning rose as she pushed back suitors who pranced around her holding open picture frames. The track is expected to be on Lil Wayne's upcoming album "Tha Carter V", which is scheduled for release on December 9 after repeated delays.

Posts Archive