1. Taylor Swift's theatrical opening performance of her latest single, 'Blank Space', where Taylor really embraced her inner crazy ex-girlfriend persona as she did in the music video
2. Pitbull got his Spanish charm on full-force as he hosts the AMAs for the second time, because according to Mr. Worldwide himself, ratings went up 142% when he spoke three Spanish words last year. Right.
2. Selena Gomez's heartfelt rendition of her emotional breakup anthem, "The Heart Wants What It Wants" had the songstress (and BFF Taylor Swift) on the verge of tears by the end of the performance
4. Ansel Elgort's pants and disproportionate fashion choices
5. No one enjoyed the AMAs more than Taylor did. Her energy and dorky moves are so infectious, she had Sam Smith, supermodel Karlie Kloss and even Lorde to join in on the excitement!
6. Looks like upping their hair game worked for One Direction, as the group emerged as one of biggest winners of the night - snagging top award Artist of the Year as well as Favourite Group and Favourite Album in the Pop/Rock category. The boys also performed "Night Changes" at the ceremony.
7. Fully-dressed in gold (yes, even Nicki Minaj), the dynamic trio of pop - Jessie J, Nicki Minaj and Ariana Grande - took to the stage with a 'Bang'in' performance
8. We've been hearing so much about Iggy Azalea, you'd think she had won quite a number of awards already, right? We thought so too.
9. The sweet moments shared between Taylor and her BFFs Selena and Lorde are what your #FriendshipGoals should be, everyone
10. She may not have won any awards, but the Lorde sure knows how to put on a artistically spellbinding show with the live debut of 'Yellow Flicker Beat' from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay
11. Pop darling Taylor Swift took home the first ever Dick Clark Achievement Award, and even threw some shade at Spotify during her acceptance speech, saying:
"What you did by going out and investing in music and albums is you are saying that you believe in the same thing that I believe in. That music is valuable and music should be consumed in albums and albums should be consumed as art and appreciated."dailymail.co.uk
12. Jennifer Lopez proves she's still got it with a 'Booty'-licious performance alongside Iggy Azalea. Network execs were apparently a little worried that the performance may have gotten too risqué for home audiences, so some may find the performance a little... tame.
The full list of winners at the American Music Awards 2014 are as follows:
Artist Of The Year: One Direction
Favorite Album – Country: Brantley Gilbert, Just As I Am
Favorite Artist – Rap/Hip-Hop: Iggy Azalea
New Artist Of The Year: 5 Seconds of Summer
Favorite Artist – Alternative Rock: Imagine Dragons
Favorite Female Artist – Pop/Rock: Katy Perry
Favorite Album – Pop/Rock: One Direction, “Midnight Memories”
Favorite Male Artist – Country: Luke Bryan
Favorite Male Artist – Pop/Rock: Sam Smith
Favorite Artist – Latin: Enrique Iglesias
Favorite Album – Rap/Hip-Hop: Iggy Azalea, The New Classic
Favorite Band, Duo Or Group – Pop/Rock: One Direction
Single Of The Year: Katy Perry Featuring Juicy J, “Dark Horse”
Favorite Female Artist – Country: Carrie Underwood
Favorite Band, Duo Or Group – Country: Florida Georgia Line
Favorite Male Artist – Soul/R&B: John Legend
Favorite Female Artist – Soul/R&B: Beyoncé
Favorite Album – Soul/R&B: Beyoncé, Beyoncé
Favorite Artist - Adult Contemporary: Katy Perry
Favorite Artist - Contemporary Inspirational: Casting Crowns
Favorite Artist - Electronic Dance Music (EDM): Calvin Harris
Top Soundtrack: Frozen