Lorde turned in a show-stopping performance of ‘Yellow Flicker Beat’, her original theme for the current movie The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1, at the American Music Awards last night (November 23).
The New Zealand-born teenager performed from within a cell-like cube which was lit with coloured light before she burst out onto the stage – click below to watch.
Other performers at the event – the US equivalent to The Brits – included Taylor Swift, who turned in a theatrical homage to her ‘Blank Space’ video, and Iggy Azalea, who first appeared alone and later closed the show with Jennifer Lopez. Representing Britain were artists including One Direction, Sam Smith and Charli XCX – see a selection of performances below the winners list.
Azalea took home the award for Favourite Artist in the rap/hip-hop category and Favourite Album in the same for ‘The New Classic’, a victory no doubt sweetened by the fact she beat Eminem for each. Azalea has recently been embroiled in a war of words with Eminem after leaked lyrics to a new track appeared to include threats intended for the Australian rapper.
Other multiple winners included British boyband One Direction and the absent Katy Perry.
Taylor Swift picked up the final award of the night, the Dick Clark Award Of Excellence. Collecting it, the singer-songwriter used the platform to reiterate her stance on albums following the removal of her music from Spotify. “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,” she said.
The AMA 2014 winners:
Artist Of The year: One Direction
Favourite Album – Country: Brantley Gilbert, ‘Just As I Am’
Favourite artist – Rap/Hip-Hop: Iggy Azalea
New Artist Of The Year: 5 Seconds Of Summer
Favourite Artist – Alternative Rock: Imagine Dragons
Favourite Female Artist – Pop/Rock: Katy Perry
Favourite Album – Pop/Rock: One Direction, ‘Midnight Memories’
Favourite Male Artist – Country: Luke Bryan
Favourite Male Artist – Pop/Rock: Sam Smith
Favourite Artist – Latin: Enrique Iglesias
Favourite Album – Rap/Hip-Hop: Iggy Azalea, ‘The New Classic’
Favourite Band, Duo Or Group – Pop/Rock: One Direction
Single Of The Year: Katy Perry featuring Juicy J, ‘Dark Horse’
Favourite Female Artist – Country: Carrie Underwood
Favourite Band, Duo Or Group – Country: Florida Georgia Line
Favourite Male Artist – Soul/R&B: John Legend
Favourite Female Artist – Soul/R&B: Beyoncé
Favourite Album – Soul/R&B: Beyoncé, Beyoncé
Favourite Artist – Adult Contemporary: Katy Perry
Favourite Artist – Contemporary Inspirational: Casting Crowns
Favourite Artist – Electronic Dance Music: Calvin Harris
Top Soundtrack: ‘Frozen’
Dick Clark Award Of Excellence: Taylor Swift