Iggy Azalea Beats Eminem, Drake At American Music Awards

Written by Tom Williams on 25th November, 2014

Iggy Azalea Beats Eminem, Drake At American Music Awards

Mullumbimby’s very own superstar Iggy Azalea has defeated Eminem and Drake at the 2014 American Music Awards in Los Angeles, beating the two in both the Favourite Artist and Favourite Album awards in the Rap/Hip Hop category.

Iggy’s Best Album nod was awarded for her debut full-length The New Classic, which was released in April. “This award is the first award I’ve ever won in my entire life,” she said as she accepted the prize.

Iggy’s victories come after she hit out at Eminem earlier this month, but she steered clear of the beef in her AMA acceptance speech. She explained that winning in the Rap/Hip Hop category meant a lot to her, citing the stature of her fellow nominees.

“It means so much to me that it is for best hip hop because that is what inspired me to move to America and pursue my dreams and it’s what helped me when I was a teenager to escape,” she said. “It means so much that I can stand here against Eminem and Drake and come out with this, it’s amazing.”

Iggy Azalea was the most nominated artist on the night, with a total of six nominations. She later took to the AMA stage with Charli XCX to perform her hit song Fancy, with a group of dancers dressed as paparazzi. Iggy then followed it up with a performance of Beg For It, and even joined Jennifer Lopez for a particularly, um, revealing performance of their song Booty.

Sydney band 5 Seconds Of Summer also took out the New Artist Of The Year Award, as well as performing their single What I Like About You. “This just shows that a little band from Sydney can do great things,” band member Ashton Irwin said as they accepted the awarded.

Kiwi sensation Lorde was nominated for a total of four nominations but missed out on a win. She did, however, perform the live debut of her Hunger Games track, Yellow Flicker Beat (below).

Other big winners on the night included boy band One Direction, who took home three awards including Artist Of The Year. Katy Perry took three awards, pipping Iggy for both Favorite Female Artist — Pop/Rock and Single Of The Year. Beyonce took out two awards, Favorite Female Artist — Soul/R&B and Favourite Album – Soul/R&B.

Unlike the Grammys, which are awarded based on votes from members of the Recording Academy, the winners of the American Music Awards are determined by a poll of the public and music buyers. A full list of winners and nominees from this year’s American Music Awards is available below.

Watch: Iggy Azalea Accepts The Best Rap/Hip Hop Album Award at the 2014 AMAs

Watch: Lorde – Yellow Flicker Beat (Live at the 2014 AMAs)


2014 American Music Awards Winners List

Favorite Artist — Rap/Hip-Hop
Iggy Azalea — WINNER

New Artist of the Year
5 Seconds of Summer — WINNER
Iggy Azalea
Sam Smith
Meghan Trainor

Favorite Artist — Alternative Rock
Imagine Dragons — WINNER

Favorite Female Artist — Pop/Rock
Katy Perry — WINNER
Iggy Azalea

Favorite Album — Pop/Rock
One Direction, Midnight Memories — WINNER
Lorde, Pure Heroine
Katy Perry, Prism

Favorite Male Artist — Country
Luke Bryan — WINNER
Jason Aldean
Blake Shelton

Favorite Male Artist — Pop/Rock
Sam Smith — WINNER
John Legend
Pharrell Williams

Favorite Artist — Latin
Enrique Iglesias — WINNER
Marc Anthony
Romeo Santos

Favorite Album — Rap/Hip-Hop
Iggy Azalea, The New Classic — WINNER
Drake, Nothing Was the Same
Eminem, The Marshall Mathers LP 2

Favorite Band, Duo or Group — Pop/Rock
One Direction — WINNER
Imagine Dragons

Artist of the Year
Iggy Azalea
Luke Bryan
Imagine Dragons
John Legend
One Direction – WINNER
Katy Perry
Pharrell Williams

Single of the Year
Iggy Azalea Featuring Charli XCX, “Fancy”
John Legend, “All of Me”
Magic!, “Rude”
Katy Perry Featuring Juicy J, “Dark Horse” – WINNER
Pharrell Williams, “Happy”

Favorite Female Artist — Country
Miranda Lambert
Kacey Musgraves
Carrie Underwood – WINNER

Favorite Band, Duo or Group — Country
Eli Young Band
Florida Georgia Line – WINNER
Lady Antebellum

Favorite Album — Country
Garth Brooks, Blame It on My Roots: Five Decades of Influences
Eric Church, The Outsiders
Brantley Gilbert, Just as I Am – WINNER

Favorite Male Artist – Soul/R&B
Chris Brown
John Legend – WINNER
Pharrell Williams

Favorite Female Artist — Soul/R&B
Jhene Aiko
Beyoncé – WINNER
Mary J. Blige

Favorite Album — Soul/R&B
Beyoncé, Beyoncé – WINNER
John Legend, Love in the Future
Pharrell Williams, G I R L

Favorite Artist — Adult Contemporary
Sara Bareilles
Katy Perry – WINNER

Favorite Artist — Contemporary Inspirational
Casting Crowns – WINNER
Hillsong United

Favorite Artist — Electronic Dance Music (EDM)
Calvin Harris – WINNER

Top Soundtrack
Frozen – WINNER
The Fault in Our Stars
Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix, Vol. 1

Dick Clark Award For Excellence
Taylor Swift


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