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Swift Biggest Among American Music Awards Winners

11/21/2011 11:11 AM ET

American Music Awards Winners - The 39th American Music Awards brought in some new winners for 2011. Taylor Swift walked away with three awards including Artist of the Year. British soul diva Adele also won three gongs.

Last year’s big winner, teen sensation Justin Bieber, failed to win in the only category in which he was shortlisted.

Adele did not attend the show, held in the Los Angeles Nokia Theatre, as she is recovering after undergoing throat surgery. Other winners included Katy Perry, Beyonce, and Nicki Minaj, who won both rap/hip-hop gongs up for grabs. Perry, who performed dressed in pink and strumming a pink guitar, seemed surprised when given a special award, for the first artist to have had five number-one singles from the same album.

But the big news of the night was Swift, who took all three prizes for which she was nominated, Artist of the Year, and Best Female Artist and Best Album for “Speak Now” in the country music category.

Swift, who also was named entertainer of the year at the Country Music Awards a few weeks ago, called her AMA triumph “one of the most amazing things that has ever happened to me.” The 21-year-old from Pennsylvania is no stranger to music industry glory: she has won four Grammys, including Album of the Year last year for her second album “Fearless.”

Sharing success in the AMA country music category were fellow serial award winners Lady Antebellum, who won the Favourite Country Band/Duo/Group award. The group won five awards at this year’s Grammys.

In the soul/R&B category, Best Female Artist went to Beyonce, who sent her thanks by video message from New York, as she is expecting her first baby. Usher won Best Male Artist in the same category. Rihanna won Best Soul/R&B Album for “Loud.” Nicki Minaj beat Lil Wayne and Kanye West to win Best Rap/Hip-hop Artist, her first AMA, and then quickly won her second, for Best Rap/Hip-hop Album for “Pink Friday.”

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