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An AMA-zing Year for Taylor Swift

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Written by Alexandra Gautier

Basically all you need to know about the 2019 American Music Awards is: Taylor Swift. Oh, you want to know more than that? Ok. Swift won *6* trophies, bringing her grand total to 29 AMA awards – that’s five more than the previous record-holder, Michael Jackson with 24. Swift swept (yes, intentional pun) not only Artist of Year, but Artist of the Decade. This is such a good way for her to leave 2019 behind considering the beginning was tumultuous to say the least with Scooter Braun’s acquisition of Big Machine Label Group, shattering Swift.

Other winners included Billie Eilish for new artist of the year and alternative rock artist, Halsey’s “without me” for pop/rock song, Taylor Swift’s “Lover” for pop/rock album, Carrie Underwood’s “Cry Pretty” for country album, and plenty more. 

Other musical fav, Lizzo, graced the stage with her presence as she performed “Jerome,” a lesser known song out of her massively impressive and catchy repertoire. The “Truth Hurts” singer was not the only exciting performance of the night – Post Malone, Ozzy Osbourne, Travis Scott and Watt performed “Take What You Want” for the first time on television. Post Malone and Ozzy Osbourne are definitely one of the more shocking collaborations of the year, though pleasantly surprising.

Camilla Cabello got plenty of stage time this year as she performed her song “Living Proof” and later “Señorita” with her supposed boyfriend, Shawn Mendes. I’m not here to talk about the alleged PR stunt that is their relationship, but it’s a pretty enduringly long one if that truly is the case. The couple also brought home Collaboration of the Year for the previously mentioned song “Señorita.”

It seems like every year is quicker and crazier than the last, so it’s nice to reflect on the past year of 2019 during this holiday season – the season of entertainment awards.