Taylor Swift wins artist of the year at the AMAs, breaks MJ's record as most decorated performer

LOS ANGELES -- Taylor Swift has won artist of the year at the American Music Awards and surpassed Michael Jackson as the ceremony's most-honored performer.

Swift has now won 25 American Music Awards, breaking a record previously held by Jackson.

It was the singer-songwriter’s night practically from start to finish, with her winning favorite pop/rock album for “Lover” early in the show and then going on to perform a medley of her hits before accepting the artist of the decade award.

Swift went to hug Post Malone, wearing a flowing pink and gold cape after her name was announced for the night’s top award.

Who else walked away a winner? Below is a list:

Artist of the Year


Ariana Grande


Post Malone

Taylor Swift - WINNER

New Artist of the Year

Luke Combs

Billie Eilish - WINNER

Lil Nas X


Ella Mai

Collaboration of the Year

Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, "Shallow"

Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus, "Old Town Road"

Marshmello and Bastille, "Happier"

Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello, "Señorita" - WINNER

Post Malone and Swae Lee, "Sunflower (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse)"

Tour of the Year


Ariana Grande

Elton John


Ed Sheeran

Favorite Music Video

Billie Eilish, "Bad Guy"

Ariana Grande, "7 Rings"

Halsey, "Without Me"

Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus, "Old Town Road"

Taylor Swift, "You Need to Calm Down"

Favorite Social Artist


Billie Eilish


Ariana Grande

Shawn Mendes

Favorite Male Artist -- Pop/Rock



Post Malone

Favorite Female Artist -- Pop/Rock

Billie Eilish

Ariana Grande

Taylor Swift

Favorite Duo or Group -- Pop/Rock


Jonas Brothers

Panic! At The Disco

Favorite Album -- Pop/Rock

Billie Eilish, "When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?"

Ariana Grande, "Thank U, Next"

Taylor Swift, "Lover" - WINNER

Favorite Song -- Pop/Rock

Halsey, "Without Me" - WINNER

Jonas Brothers, "Sucker"

Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus, "Old Town Road"

Panic! At The Disco, "High Hopes"

Post Malone & Swae Lee, "Sunflower (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse)"

Favorite Male Artist -- Country

Kane Brown

Luke Combs

Thomas Rhett

Favorite Female Artist -- Country

Kelsea Ballerini

Maren Morris

Carrie Underwood - WINNER

Favorite Duo or Group -- Country

Dan + Shay - WINNER

Florida Georgia Line

Old Dominion

Favorite Album -- Country

Kane Brown, "Experiment"

Dan + Shay, "Dan + Shay"

Carrie Underwood, "Cry Pretty" - WINNER

Favorite Song - Country

Luke Combs, "Beautiful Crazy"

Dan + Shay, "Speechless" - WINNER

Blake Shelton, "God's Country"

Favorite Artist -- Rap/Hip-Hop

Cardi B


Post Malone

Favorite Album -- Rap/Hip-Hop

Meek Mill, "Championships"

Post Malone, "Hollywood's Bleeding" - WINNER

Travis Scott, "Astroworld"

Favorite Song -- Rap/Hip-Hop

Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus, "Old Town Road" - WINNER

Post Malone, "Wow."

Travis Scott, "Sicko Mode"

Favorite Male Artist -- Soul/R&B

Chris Brown


Bruno Mars

Favorite Female Artist -- Soul/R&B



Ella Mai

Favorite Album -- Soul/R&B

Chris Brown, "Indigo"

Khalid, Free "Spirit"

Ella Mai, "Ella Mai"

Favorite Song -- Soul/R&B

Khalid, "Talk"

Lizzo, "Juice"

Ella Mai, "Trip"

Favorite Artist - Alternative Rock

Billie Eilish - *WINNER

Imagine Dragons

Panic! at the Disco

Favorite Artist - Adult Contemporary

Maroon 5


Taylor Swift

Favorite Artist -- Latin

Bad Bunny

J Balvin


Favorite Artist - Contemporary Inspirational

Lauren Daigle

For King & Country


Favorite Artist - Electronic Dance Music (EDM)



The Chainsmokers

Favorite Soundtrack

"A Star Is Born" by Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper

"Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen

"Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse"