Taylor Swift’s fans have done it again, voting her the American Music Awards artist of the year for a third time. Swift won Sunday night’s top honor, giving her a leading four trophies as fans celebrated the women of pop music.
Swift didn’t perform. Her win came after Katy Perry dazzled with her show-opening performance, Lady Gaga found another inventive way to grab your attention, Rihanna starred with her mother and Miley Cyrus closed performances with the assistance of a giant lip-syncing CGI kitty on her song “Wrecking Ball.”
“I’m really out of breath,” Swift said after taking the stage in a sequined mini-dress. “I was really going hard with the ‘Wrecking Ball’ thing.”
The 23-year-old pop star also won country album of the year for “Red” and favorite female country and pop/rock artist.
Justin Timberlake was next with three wins. One Direction and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis won two awards and Rihanna was given the AMA’s first Icon Award to go with her win as favorite soul/R & B female artist.
Rihanna and her mother took center stage midway through the show when Monica Fenty presented her pop star daughter with the first Icon Award at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. Fenty told Rihanna how proud she was of her daughter’s success, saying, “I know the journey in your career has not always been an easy one.”
“Can we talk about how cute Rihanna’s mom is?” Timberlake asked while accepting one of his three awards.
Rolling Stone and great-granddad
Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger is set to become a great-grandfather early next year. His daughter Jade told the Sunday Times that her 21-year-old daughter, Assisi, expects to give birth in several months. She told the London newspaper she does not expect Jagger to slow down when he becomes a great-grandfather: The ever-popular Stones plan to tour Australia next year.
D-list: Dennis Rodman is at the top of a list no one wants to be on. He’s been named GQ’s No. 1 least influential celebrity of 2013. The 52-year-old former basketball player, who has visited Kim Jong Un in North Korea, was selected as the top pick in the magazine’s third annual list of the least influential celebrities, which also includes Miley Cyrus, President Obama, and celebrity chef Paula Deen.
A break: A judge says R & B singer Chris Brown doesn’t have to travel from Los Angeles to Washington to appear in court Monday. Brown is facing a misdemeanor assault charge after he and bodyguard Christopher Hollosy were arrested last month on charges of punching a man outside a hotel who tried to jump into a picture with the singer.