Taylor Swift Takes Top Prize at American Music Awards -- Again!

The pop-country superstar wins three awards, including artist of the year, while J.Lo and Marc Anthony turn in memorable performances

Taylor Swift was, once again, the big winner at Sunday night's American Music Awards. The pop-country superstar, who also won big at the CMAs last week, looked shocked as she beat out competition including Adele, Katy Perry and Lady Gaga for artist of the year.

"This is one of the craziest things that has ever happened to me," the 21-year-old singer, who also won artist of the year in 2009, told the audience at Los Angeles' Nokia Theatre. "Thank you to the fans. Please, never change."

Swift also won her fourth consecutive title as best country female artist and snagged a best country album award for her 2010 release Speak Now.

"I ended up writing the record by myself, so the fact that you would honor it this way, you have no idea what this means to me," Swift said after her country album win.

In other highlights from the night, amicable exes Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony each performed but not together at the AMAs. J.Lo wore a barely there costume when she took the stage to sing a sexy medley of her hits "Until It Beats No More," "Papi" and "On the Floor" with a little help from rapper Pitbull. With her provocative outfit and onstage shimmying, she was a tough act to follow, but Anthony performed moments later with his pals Pitbull and Lil Jon to sing "Rain Over Me." Lopez also returned to perform the duet "Hard" with Will.I.Am.

And, fresh from dealing with his paternity ordeal, Justin Bieber got the audience in the Christmas spirit with a performance of "Mistletoe," the first single off his new holiday album Under the Mistletoe. He memorably returned during the finale act featuring party rockers LMFAO to dance with Redfoo and SkyBlu.

Kelly Clarkson, meanwhile, poked fun at the rumors speculating about her love life (and sexual orientation) with a memorable performance of "Mr. Know It All." Actors dressed like paperboys shouted "Is she gay? Is she straight? Why is she still single?" before Clarkson took the stage. Then she appeared and blew the audience away with her song.

Watch J.Lo's sizzling performance with Pitbull below!

 

Full list of 2011 AMA winners:

Adult Contemporary Artist: Adele

Alternative Rock Artist: Foo Fighters

Contemporary Inspirational Artist: Casting Crowns

Country Female Artist: Taylor Swift

Country Male Artist: Blake Shelton

Country Band, Duo or Group: Lady Antebellum

Country Album: Taylor Swift, Speak Now

Latin Music Artist: Jennifer Lopez

Pop/Rock Female Artist: Adele

Pop/Rock Male Artist: Bruno Mars

Pop/Rock Band, Duo or Group: Maroon 5

Pop/Rock Album: Adele, 21

Rap/Hip-Hop Artist: Nicki Minaj

Rap/Hip-Hop Album: Nicki Minaj, Pink Friday

Soul/R&B Female Artist: Beyonce

Soul/R&B Male Artist: Usher

Soul/R&B Album: Rihanna, Loud

New Artist of the Year: Hot Chelle Rae

Artist of the Year: Taylor Swift

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