Taylor Swift breaks Michael Jackson's record at American Music Awards for all-time wins

Taylor Swift took the high road as she won six American Music Awards on Sunday to surpass Michael Jackson’s all-time record, avoiding any direct mention of a bitter dispute with her old record company.
Taylor Swift's five competitive wins at the American Music Awards pushed her tally to 28, eclipsing Michael Jackson's 24 career triumphs.
Taylor Swift's five competitive wins at the American Music Awards pushed her tally to 28, eclipsing Michael Jackson's 24 career triumphs.PHOTO: REUTERS

The American Music Awards are voted entirely by fans. Here are three highlights from this year's edition held in Los Angeles.

Michael Jackson's reign is over. On Sunday (Nov 24), Taylor Swift's five competitive wins pushed her tally to 28, eclipsing the king of pop's 24 career triumphs.

Her victories on Sunday included the prestigious artist of the year and favourite album (pop/rock) for Lover.

Real-life couple Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello got the audience swooning with a fiery performance of their hit duet Senorita but they shied away from sharing even a peck on stage, content with just holding hands and bumping foreheads.

They took home the prize for collaboration of the year for that song.

But a fire did break out on the stage - with flames shooting up from a pit - when rapper Post Malone was joined by rocker Ozzy Osbourne and rapper Travis Scott to perform Malone's Take What You Want.

Malone had seven nominations but managed to bag only the prize for favourite album (rap/hip-hop) for Hollywood's Bleeding.

Other winners:

New artist of the year: Billie Eilish

Tour of the year: BTS

Favourite male artist - pop/rock: Khalid

Favourite female artist - pop/rock: Taylor Swift

Favourite artist - rap/hip-hop: Cardi B