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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