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American Music Awards 2013 Winners List: Taylor Swift, Justin Timberlake, and More

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Taylor Swift won big at the 2013 American Music Awards, collecting a total of four trophies: Artist of the Year, Favorite Female Artist — Pop/Rock, Favorite Female Artist — Country, and Favorite Album — Country, which she earned for last year’s Red. This marked the third year that Swift walked away with the AMAs top honor — she was previously dubbed Artist of the Year in 2009 and 2011. 

The night’s other big winner was Justin Timberlake, who nabbed three statuettes. JT left Los Angeles’ Nokia Theatre as the holder of the following titles: Favorite Male Artist — Pop/Rock, Favorite Male Artist — Soul/R&B, and Favorite Album — Soul/R&B, in recognition of his first album from this year, The 20/20 Experience.

Meanwhile, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, who were the ceremony’s most-nominated act with a total of six nods, picked up two awards, Favorite Artist — Rap/Hip-Hop and Favorite Album — Rap/Hip-Hop, for The Heist. This is where we remind you that the AMAs are voted on by the public, and thus, little more than a popularity contest. 

Most upsetting though, is the fact that Florida Georgia Line won Single of the Year for their Nelly-featuring hit “Cruise,” beating out Robin Thicke’s summer-defining “Blurred Lines.”

As for other notable happenings, Rihanna was crowned Favorite Female Artist — Soul/R&B and also received the Icon Award, which was (adorably) presented by her mother; Avicii trumped Daft Punk in the Favorite Artist — Electronic Dance Music (EDM) category; and Ariana Grande won New Artist of the Year. 

Live performers included Timberlake, Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, Kendrick Lamar, Lady Gaga and R. Kelly, Luke Bryan, TLC with Lil Mama, and Pitbull, who also acted as host. We’ll post performance footage on Monday morning (November 25), after official embeds are available. For now, scroll down for the full list of winners, whose names appear in bold.

Artist of the Year 
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis 
Bruno Mars 
Taylor Swift (winner)
Justin Timberlake 

New Artist of the Year 
Florida Georgia Line 
Ariana Grande (winner)
Imagine Dragons 
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis 
Phillip Phillips 

Single of the Year 
Florida Georgia Line feat. Nelly, “Cruise” (winner)
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Wanz, “Thrift Shop”
Robin Thicke feat. Pharrell and T.I., “Blurred Lines”  

Favorite Male Artist — Pop/Rock 
Bruno Mars
Robin Thicke 
Justin Timberlake (winner)

Favorite Female Artist — Pop/Rock 
Taylor Swift (winner)

Favorite Band, Duo, or Group — Pop/Rock 
Imagine Dragons 
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis 
One Direction (winner)

Favorite Album — Pop/Rock 
One Direction, Take Me Home (winner)
Taylor Swift, Red 
Justin Timberlake, The 20/20 Experience 

Favorite Male Artist — Country 
Luke Bryan (winner)
Hunter Hayes 
Blake Shelton 

Favorite Female Artist — Country 
Miranda Lambert 
Taylor Swift (winner)
Carrie Underwood 

Favorite Band, Duo, or Group — Country 
The Band Perry 
Florida Georgia Line 
Lady Antebellum (winner)

Favorite Album — Country 
Luke Bryan, Crash My Party 
Florida Georgia Line, Here’s to the Good Times 
Taylor Swift, Red (winner)

Favorite Artist — Rap/Hip-Hop 
Jay Z 
Lil Wayne 
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (winner)

Favorite Album — Rap/Hip-Hop 
Jay Z, Magna Carta Holy Grail 
Kendrick Lamar, good kid, m.A.A.d city 
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, The Heist (winner)

Favorite Male Artist — Soul/R&B 
Robin Thicke
Justin Timberlake (winner)

Favorite Female Artist — Soul/R&B 
Alicia Keys
Rihanna (winner)

Favorite Album — Soul/R&B 
Rihanna, Unapologetic
Robin Thicke, Blurred Lines
Justin Timberlake, The 20/20 Experience (winner)

Favorite Artist — Alternative Rock 
Imagine Dragons (winner) 
The Lumineers 
Mumford & Sons 

Favorite Artist — Adult Contemporary 
Maroon 5 (winner)
Bruno Mars 

Favorite Artist — Latin 
Marc Anthony (winner)
Prince Royce 
Romeo Santos 

Favorite Artist — Contemporary Inspirational 
Chris Tomlin 
Matthew West (winner)

Favorite Artist — Electronic Dance Music (EDM) 
Avicii (winner)
Daft Punk 
Calvin Harris 

Top Soundtrack 
The Great Gatsby: Music From Baz Luhrmann’s Film 
Les Miserables 
Pitch Perfect (winner)