One Direction, Katy Perry big winners at American Music Awards

One Direction have topped the winners list at the American Music Awards, taking home a total of three prizes.

They were named artists of the year and also took home album of the year and favourite pop/rock album.

“This has been a real perfect day… America feels like a second home to us,” said Liam Payne.

Katy Perry, who did not appear at the ceremony in Los Angeles, also won three awards, including one for best single for Dark Horse featuring Juicy J.

The awards, many of which are decided by a fan vote, also saw Taylor Swift speak out again in defence of traditional models of music distribution.

The singer, who was presented the Dick Clark award for excellence by Motown musician Diana Ross, thanked fans for acknowledging her campaign.

“What you did by going out and investing in music and albums is you’re saying that you believe in the same thing that I believe in – that music is valuable and that music should be consumed in albums, and albums should be consumed as art and appreciated,” she said.

Source: BBC