Taylor Swift performs at the 2019 American Music Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday night. Photo: REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
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Taylor Swift puts rancor aside, smashes all-time American Music Award record

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By Jill Serjeant

Taylor Swift took the high road as she won six American Music Awards on Sunday to surpass Michael Jackson's all-time record, avoiding any direct mention of a bitter dispute with her old record company.

Swift won the top award, artist of the year, and four others. She was also given an honorary artist of the decade award, taking her all-time total to 29 American Music Awards, organizers said. That easily outstripped the 24 awards picked up by Jackson.

"All that matters to me is the memories that I have had with you guys, with you the fans, over the years," Swift, 29, told the audience at the ceremony in Los Angeles after performing a medley of her old hits.

Swift had been expected to speak out about a long feud with record industry executive Scooter Braun, who owns the master recordings to her first six albums after Swift signed with a new label in 2018.

Swift accused Braun last week of refusing permission for her to sing songs from her back catalog at the awards show. The public spat culminated last week with Braun saying that his family had received numerous death threats after the pop singer urged her 122 million Instagram fans to let Braun "know how you feel about this."

But on Sunday, the "Fearless" singer made no mention of the dispute, although she opened her performance wearing a white shirt printed with the titles of her old albums.

"This year for me has been a lot. It's been a lot of good, it's been a lot of really complicated," she said, without elaborating. She beat Drake, Ariana Grande, Halsey and Post Malone as artist of the year.

Newcomer Billie Eilish, 17, took home two statuettes for best new artist and best alternative rock artist after a breakout year that saw her top the U.S. charts with her single"Bad Girl."

"You made it all happen," said Eilish, thanking her fans.

Eilish showed her support for environmental causes by wearing a T-shirt with the slogan "No Music on a Dead Planet" as she gave her first awards show performance with "All the Good Girls Go to Hell."

Selena Gomez kicked off the ceremony in her first live TV performance in two years after undergoing a kidney transplant in 2017 and battling anxiety and depression.

Body positive R&B singer Lizzo performed her new single"Jerome," and Cuban-born Camila Cabello and boyfriend Shawn Mendes sang their hit pop single "Senorita," which won the award for collaboration of the year.

British rocker Ozzy Osbourne, 70, who has been sidelined by serious health problems for a year, was mostly seated as he took to the stage with rappers Post Malone, Travis Scott and rocker WATT for their single "Take What You Want."

Punk rockers Green Day got the audience to its feet as they marked the 25th anniversary of their 1994 breakout album"Dookie."

Other performers included the Jonas Brothers, Kesha, Halsey, Christina Aguilera and Shania Twain.

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While I am not her biggest fan. I applaud her for taking a stand. For too long the music industry has taken advantage of Artist. Not being able to properly own your hard work and not being able to fully profit from your creativity is criminal.

I feel like once a company has already been paid back from the artist and made the substantial profit that they have, then an artist should be able to fully own their masters without any issue. Ownership of an artist's masters by the record company should simply be a loan that once fulfilled reverts back to the artist.

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@jj . One cannot in these days promote themselves individually like a huge record company can. One has to give and take.

I do love her skin and style. So pretty with the perfect make-up.

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Shania Twain performed for the first time in 17 years

Swift got to sing her old songs and won the dispute over the record label

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Swift got to sing her old songs and won the dispute over the record label

There was never a dispute, it was all for publicity.

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Yes, it's all about the publicity. This is called a great publicity stunt that paid dividends

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Now all she needs is another trophy boyfriend.

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