American Music Awards 2015: Nicki Minaj and The Weeknd win big

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LOS ANGELES — The Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles buzzed with music stars of all genres for the American Music Awards on Sunday night.

It was a huge success for Nicki Minaj and The Weeknd, who both took home several awards. Justin Bieber, along with Skrillex and Diplo, won the collaboration of the year award.

Taylor Swift also received multiple awards, including song of the year for “Blank Space.” One Direction had the biggest win for the night getting artist of the year award, the band’s second win of the night.

Jennifer Lopez, host of this year’s AMAs, kicked off the show with her dance moves featuring some of the year’s most popular song tracks, including ones by Taylor Swift and Rihanna.

“Tonight’s not about me; tonight’s about the music,” J. Lo said at the start of the night.

Demi Lovato had the crowd going with her new single, “Confident.”

Meghan Trainor and Charlie Puth took to the stage for a duet on their “Marvin Gaye” hit along with other duet performances.

The Weeknd was first to receive the award for the night as favorite R&B/soul album for “Beauty Behind the Madness,” marking his first AMA award.

Here’s the rundown of the winners:

  • Artist of the year: One Direction
  • New artist of the year presented by Kohl’s: Sam Hunt
  • Song of the year: Taylor Swift, “Blank Space”
  • Collaboration of the year: Skrillex & Diplo Featuring Justin Bieber, “Where Are Ü Now”
  • Favorite male artist — pop/rock: Ed Sheeran
  • Favorite female artist — pop/rock: Ariana Grande
  • Favorite duo or group — pop/rock: One Direction
  • Favorite album — pop/rock: Taylor Swift, “1989”
  • Favorite male artist — country: Luke Bryan
  • Favorite female artist — country: Carrie Underwood
  • Favorite duo or group — country: Florida Georgia Line
  • Favorite album — country: Florida Georgia Line, “Anything Goes”
  • Favorite artist — rap/hip-hop: Nicki Minaj
  • Favorite album — rap/hip-hop: Nicki Minaj, The Pinkprint
  • Favorite male artist — soul/R&B: The Weeknd
  • Favorite female artist — soul/R&B: Rihanna
  • Favorite album — soul/R&B: The Weeknd, “Beauty Behind the Madness”
  • Favorite artist — alternative rock: Fall Out Boy
  • Favorite artist — adult contemporary: Taylor Swift
  • Favorite artist — Latin: Enrique Iglesias