By Kevin Rutherford
The American Music Awards don’t tend to bring in much of a captive audience beyond the night itself; while the GRAMMYs and, lately, the MTV Video Music Awards tend to have something to talk about around the water cooler the next few days, the AMAs mostly underwhelm, with hit-or-miss performances that are sometimes fun in the moment and awards that everyone forgets the next day.
The latter instance may still ring true — quick, if you watched last night, name one winner of a category — but to the AMAs’ credit, it spawned quite a few performances that folks might remember moving forward. Hey, it’s a start.
The AMAs honored a bevy of culturally relevant artists Sunday (Nov. 24), many of them not even from America. One Direction took home trophies for Favorite Pop/Rock Group and Album. Sweden’s Avicii is your Favorite EDM Artist. The show’s first Icon Award went to Barbadian singer Rihanna in a touching ceremony in which she received her award from her mother. On the American side of things, Taylor Swift and Justin Timberlake cleaned up in their respective categories before squaring off in Artist of the Year, with the Ms. Swift taking home the prize. You can check out the full list of winners on Radio.com.