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Thursday 26 April 2018

Rihanna's sheer class

Rihanna with her Icon Award. Photo: Reuters/Mario Anzuon

Rihanna was given her Icon Award to go with her win as favourite soul/R&B female artist at the American Music Awards.

But it was Taylor Swift who won last night's top honour, giving her a leading four trophies as fans celebrated the women of pop music.

Swift didn't perform, but she was a constant presence on stage and the camera alighted on her as she danced to stars like Kendrick Lamar and Luke Bryan. Her win came after Katy Perry dazzled with her show-opening performance, Lady Gaga found another inventive way to grab your attention, Rihanna starred with her mother and Miley Cyrus closed performances with the assistance of a giant lip-syncing CGI kitty on her song Wrecking Ball.

"I'm really out of breath," Swift said after taking the stage in a sequined mini-dress. The 23-year-old pop star also won country album of the year for Red and favourite female country and pop/rock artist.

 

PERFORMANCE

Justin Timberlake had three wins. One Direction and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis won two awards and Rihanna was given the AMA's first Icon Award to go with her win as favourite soul/R&B female artist.

Rihanna and her mother took centre stage midway through the show when Monica Fenty presented her pop star daughter with the first Icon Award at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.

"Can we talk about how cute Rihanna's mom is?" Justin Timberlake asked while accepting one of his three awards "She's so proud of the Icon. I am too, Rihanna."

One Direction were at times drowned out by screams during an understated performance of Story of My Life. The decibel level was that way from the moment the boy band, featuring Westmeath's Niall Horan arrived on the carpet, all smiles and dapper suits.

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