American Music Awards 2013: Taylor Swift wins Artist of the Year
Stephen L. Betts
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Taylor Swift's favorite number may be 13 but at the end of the American Music Awards, she was the recipient of the 14th American Music Award of her career. Taylor took the top prize and was named Artist of the Year for the third time, setting a record in that category.
"So far you guys have made 2013 the most magical year," the singer said, after noting she was out of breath from singing along to Miley Cyrus' performance of "Wrecking Ball," which preceded the final award presentation of the live telecast. "This validates that if you voted for this, we are heartbroken the same way, we fall in love the same way and we're happy the same way. That you would listen to my music means that were on the same page. I'm 23 and I have no idea what gonna happen to me in my life but if you decided on something as wonderful as this then we're pretty much in it together, aren't we?"
Taylor also took the award for Favorite Country Album and Favorite Female Country Artist.
Luke Bryan earned his second consecutive Favorite Male Country Artist and thanked his wife Caroline, "for lettin' me shake it a little out there on the road."
Florida Georgia Line, who received four AMA nods, won Single of the Year with Nelly for the duo's remixed version of "Cruise," which they performed during the show with Nelly, adding the rapper's "Must Be the Money," as a capper on the live collaboration, which earned a standing ovation.
The remaining country winner was Lady Antebellum, who bested FGL and the Band Perry to win the Favorite Country Group honor.