The Sunday awards ceremony delivered on five-out-of-five key Taylor Swift-isms: a pseudo-midriff-baring dress, a killer performance, wild dancing in her seat, bonding with gal pals, and an eloquent acceptance speech.
Swift was presented with the Dick Clark Award for Excellence by Diana Ross (sadly without any inappropriate touching), and in less than two minutes at the podium she managed to tackle feminism, innovation and a streaming debate/I love my fans double whammy. Read the whole speech below:
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 so many times 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. He fought for music to be at the forefront of our minds and on our televisions as much as possible I’m so unbelievably ecstatic that his family chose to honor me and that the AMAs chose to honor me with this.
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'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, and I love you so much. I love getting to know you, I love talking to you online and I love having a glimpse into your life and I’m so unbelievably happy that you want to have a glimpse in to my life. Thank you so much.
All this after she opened the show with a pyro-tastic live rendition of her hit single "Blank Space," setting the tone for the fast-paced (yet still three-hour) evening.
And when she wasn't on stage, Swift was most certainly on the audience cam shedding a tear during her BFF Selena Gomez's emotional set, rocking out to her pal Lorde, and bumpin' booties with Jessie J during "Bang Bang." The only time she wasn't on camera: when ex Harry Styles and his band One Direction took the stage to perform "Night Changes" and accept two awards. (She probably just needed a glass of water after all that dancing.)
But Taylor wasn’t the only lady bringin' her A-game to the AMAs. J.Lo, Iggy Azalea and Nicki Minaj were among the other fierce females stealing the show on Sunday. What was your favorite AMAs 2014 moment?