Going into the 2019 American Music Awards, all eyes were already on Artist of the Decade recipient Taylor Swift as viewers eagerly awaited whether she would, in fact, perform her past hits and address her recent dispute with Scott Borchetta and Scooter Brun over her right to do so on the live awards show.
Swift actually performed past hits like “Love Story,” “Shake It Off,” “Blank Space” and others. However, she didn’t directly address Borchetta and Braun, merely talking about the importance of songwriting and creating “something that will last.”
Still, by the end of the show, it was clear it was Swift’s night. The superstar singer-songwriter won five competitive awards, including the top prize of artist of the year, bringing her total tally of AMA wins over the course of her career to 28 (she had 23 career wins prior to Sunday night’s show) and breaking Michael Jackson’s record of most AMA wins of all time (the late King of Pop won 24 AMAs).
BTS and Khalid won the second highest number of awards of the night, taking home 3 awards each.
The AMA nominations are based on interactions on Billboard.com, streaming, album and digital song sales, radio airplay, social activity and touring. Winners are voted on entirely by fans.
Ciara is hosting the AMAs, airing live on ABC on the East Coast (tape delayed PT), from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.