Taylor Swift and Adele rule the American Music Awards

Last Updated: Nov 21, 2011, 13:41 PM IST

London: Country pop singer Taylor Swift and Adele dominated the American Music Awards by walking away with three trophies each.

Swift, 21, ruled the country music categories, taking home the Favourite Female Artist accolade and Favourite Album for `Speak Now`, as well as the coveted Artist of the Year honour, reported Us magazine.

"I wrote this album while I was on the Fearless tour and so I ended up writing lots of these songs at four in the morning in hotel rooms... And the fact that you would honour it in this way, you just have no idea what this means to me.

Thank You!," Swift said while accepting the award.

British soul singer Adele, who was not present at the ceremony as she is recovering from vocal surgery, was named as the Favourite Adult Contemporary Artist and Favourite Pop/Rock Artist, while her record 21 was the top pop/rock album.

Other artists who received the awards were Nicki Minaj, who picked up two trophies, and R&B star Rihanna, Beyonce and Jennifer Lopez each scored one.

Katy Perry also took home a special achievement prize for becoming the first woman in the history of pop music to have five number one singles from one album.

The 2011 ceremony featured the most live collaborations in the show`s history as Nicki Minaj and David Guetta got the evening off to a blazing start performing their new track `Turn Me On`.

Pitbull, Lil Jon and Marc Anthony also teamed up for `Reign Over Me`, while Enrique Iglesias and Ludacris took to the stage for `Tonight`.

PTI