One Direction had a night to remember at the 2014 American Music Awards on Sunday (23Nov14) after walking away with a trio of top honors, including Artist of the Year.
The British/Irish stars claimed the first prize of the Los Angeles event for Favorite Band, Duo Or Group - Pop/Rock and then added Favorite Pop/Rock Album for Midnight Memories and Artist of the Year, just hours after learning its new release Four had hit the top of the U.K. albums chart.
Accepting the first title, Liam Payne told the audience, "It's been a real perfect (sic) day for us, our album's just come out and we got a number one in the U.K. and now we're stood here with an AMA. "It's absolutely amazing... America feels like a second home to us now, it's been amazing how well we've been received out here so thank you so, so much."
Katy Perry was also a triple winner - she and Sam Smith reigned supreme as the favorite pop/rock solo artists, with the Firework hitmaker accepting her award in a pre-taped speech from Australia, where she is currently on tour. She also claimed Single of the Year for Dark Horse and Favorite Adult Contemporary Artist.
Iggy Azalea, who led the nominees with six, only walked away with two trophies after beating Drake and Eminem in both the rap/hip-hop categories for best artist and best album for her debut The New Classic.
Music legend Diana Ross was on hand to pay tribute to "the beautiful and talented" Taylor Swift, who she branded "a true superstar" as she presented the 24 year old with the inaugural Dick Clark Award for Excellence, an accolade named after beloved late TV and radio host Dick Clark.
Paying back the compliments in her acceptance speech, Swift said, "I'm so blown away to have just received an award from Diana Ross who, just over the course of her career, stood up for herself in a time when it was not popular for a woman to stand up for herself. I'm so honored. Thank you for coming, you're beautiful. "Dick Clark was a visionary... I'm so unbelievably ecstatic that his family chose to honor me and that the AMAs chose to honor me with this."
Swift also underlined her argument for recently removing her songs from music-streaming service Spotify, telling her fans, "Lastly you, you guys. To the fans who went out and bought over a million copies of my last three albums, what you did by going out and investing in music and albums, is you are saying you believe in the same thing that I believe in, that music is valuable, and that music should be consumed in albums and that albums should be consumed as art and appreciated, and I appreciate you so much."
Swift kicked off the ceremony with the first live performance of her new song Blank Space, but the show was all about collaborations between the likes of Sam Smith and A$AP Rocky, Magic! and Wyclef Jean, Lil Wayne and his rumored girlfriend Christina Milian, event host Pitbull and Ne-Yo, Bang Bang stars Nicki Minaj, Ariana Grande and Jessie J, and Jennifer Lopez and Iggy Azalea, who closed out the big show with a sexy rendition of Booty.
Other performance highlights at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live came from One Direction, New Artist of the Year winners 5 Seconds of Summer, Lorde, Fergie and Selena Gomez, who poured out her emotions in The Heart Wants What It Wants, about her on/off relationship with Justin Bieber.
The ceremony was hosted by rapper Pitbull for the second consecutive year.
The full list of winners at the 2014 American Music Awards is:
Artist of the Year: One Direction
New Artist of the Year: 5 Seconds of Summer
Single of the Year: Katy Perry, Dark Horse
Favorite Male Artist - Pop/Rock: Sam Smith
Favorite Female Artist - Pop/Rock: Katy Perry
Favorite Band, Duo Or Group - Pop/Rock: One Direction
Favorite Pop/Rock Album: One Direction, Midnight Memories
Favorite Male Artist - Country: Luke Bryan
Favorite Female Artist - Country: Carrie Underwood
Favorite Band, Duo Or Group - Country: Florida Georgia Line
Favorite Country Album: Brantley Gilbert, Just As I Am
Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Artist: Iggy Azalea
Favorite Album - Rap/Hip-Hop: Iggy Azalea, The New Classic
Favorite Male Artist - Soul/R&B: John Legend
Favorite Female Artist - Soul/R&B: Beyonce
Favorite Soul/R&B Album: Beyonce, Beyonce
Favorite Alternative Artist: Imagine Dragons
Favorite Latin Artist: Enrique Iglesias
Favorite Adult Contemporary Artist: Katy Perry
Favorite Contemporary Inspirational Artist: Casting Crowns
Favorite Electronic Dance Music Artist: Calvin Harris
Top Soundtrack: Frozen
If you haven't heard of the ALS "Ice Bucket Challenge" yet, you've probably been offline for the last week or so. Hello, here to fill you in! The challenge is meant to help raise awareness, and donations, for ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. To participate, you are supposed to videotape yourself while pouring a bucket of ice water on your head, then nominate your friends to take the challenge. Recently, more and more celebrities have been participating and nominating their celebrity friends. It's been raising a lot of awareness, as well as creating a lot of hot men in wet t-shirts.
Draco Malfoy (I'm sorry, Tom Felton)
Nominated: Ron Weasley (okay, sorry again, Rupter Grint), Josh Gordon, and Paul Hodge
Nominated: His 3rd grade teacher Don Padget, his first acting coach in New York Bob Luke, and his teacher Pat Jackson.
Nominated: Tilda Swinton, Octavia Spencer, Jamie Bell, Frank Grillo, Anthony Mackie, and Sebastian Stan
Nominated: Irving Azoff, Kanye West, and Susan Sarandon
Nominated: Prince Harry
Nominated: Sophia Smith, Pharrell Williams, John C. Reilly, and Will Ferrell
Nominated: Cub Swanson, Peter Tunney, and Olivia Culpo
Nominated: Nick Jonas, Alex Pettyfer, Nelly, Alanna Masterson, and Diplo
Nominated: Guy Pearce, Mia Wasikowska, and Marilyn Manson
Nominated: Robert Pattinson, Matthew McConaughey, and Eric The Actor
Nominated: Woody Harrelson, Josh Hutcherson, and Matt Niven
Eddie Redmayne & Jamie Dornan
Eddie Nominated: Sally Light and Jamie Dornan
Jamie Nominated: Andrew Garfield
Nominated: Jeremy Renner, Chris Evans, and Mark Ruffalo
Robert Downey Jr.
Nominated: Chris Hemsworth and Vincent D'Onofrio
Nominated: Louis Tomlinson, John Terry, and Novak Djokovic
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Nominated: Gregory Smith, Nick Offerman, and Dave Bautista
Nominated: Benedict Cumberbatch and Luke Evans
Nominated: John Green, Nat Wolff, and Dylan O'Brien
Nominated: Joe Maganiello
Nomiated: Jimmy Fallon, Steve Higgns, and The Roots
Nominated: Mark Wahlberg, Channing Tatum, and Brad Slater
Check back to see if some of these other Hollywood hotties have taken the challenge! Tweet us which celebrity you want to see take part in #ALSIceBucketChallenge!
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One Direction star Niall Horan has laughed off reports suggesting he enjoyed a dinner date with his celebrity crush Katy Perry on Wednesday (04Dec13) after they were both photographed leaving the same New York restaurant moments after one another. The boyband singer has made no secret of his lust for Perry and jokingly proposed to John Mayer's girlfriend via Twitter.com in October (13) after meeting her backstage at a star-studded event.
Horan sent gossips into a spin again on Wednesday after he and Perry were both spotted at Manhattan's trendy Soho House, sparking rumours he had landed his dream date - but the Best Song Ever hitmaker insists the run-in was just a pleasant coincidence.
During an interview with U.S. radio host Ryan Seacrest on Thursday morning (05Dec13), the 20 year old explained, "I was in there and I think she was doing an interview or something and she was there. I was leaving and she left and we didn't have dinner or anything together. I just said, 'Hello' to her."
Pop star Lady Gaga played a concert comeback on Sunday (01Sep13) as she opened the month-long iTunes Festival in London. Adele and One Direction's Niall Horan were in the audience for Gaga's hour-long show at the Roundhouse venue, where she played her first full gig since calling off her world tour earlier this year (13) to undergo hip surgery.
Gaga performed opening track Aura in a cage hovering above the stage, telling the crowd, "What's up, London? Do you have to scream so loud? I can barely hear myself."
She later added, "To say that I've missed you, it's a bit of an understatement."
The Born This Way hitmaker, who sang eight songs from upcoming album ARTPOP and none of her hits, also gave fans a look at the "real" her as she tore off her wig to reveal her short brunette hair.
She explained, "When I didn't feel strong enough to be me, I created someone else. And it worked. So here I am, the human underneath the wigs. This is my real hair."
Gaga was the first act to play this year's (13) iTunes Festival, which will also include shows by Sir Elton John, Queens Of The Stone Age, Justin Timberlake, and Katy Perry.
"Met the best guitarist of our generation last night, unbelievable musician, great guy! After (performing) Gravity he walked over handed me this, legend! One of those moments." One Direction star Niall Horan is left star-struck after John Mayer presented him with an autographed guitar at a gig on Saturday (24Aug13).