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LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 24:  Singer Miley Cyrus onstage during the 2013 American Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 24, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images) By Kevin Winter LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 24: Singer Miley Cyrus onstage during the 2013 American Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 24, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images) By Kevin Winter
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 24:  Singer Katy Perry performs onstage during the 2013 American Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 24, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images) By Kevin Winter LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 24: Singer Katy Perry performs onstage during the 2013 American Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 24, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images) By Kevin Winter
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 24:  Singer Ariana Grande performs onstage during the 2013 American Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 24, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images) By Kevin Winter LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 24: Singer Ariana Grande performs onstage during the 2013 American Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 24, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images) By Kevin Winter
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 24:  Singer Taylor Swift speaks onstage during the 2013 American Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 24, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images) By Kevin Winter LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 24: Singer Taylor Swift speaks onstage during the 2013 American Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 24, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images) By Kevin Winter
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 24:  Singer Rihanna accepts the AMA Icon Award onstage during the 2013 American Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 24, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images) By Kevin Winter LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 24: Singer Rihanna accepts the AMA Icon Award onstage during the 2013 American Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 24, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images) By Kevin Winter

Winners from Sunday's American Music Awards

Winners of the 2013 American Music Awards, presented Sunday at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles:

Artist of the year: Taylor Swift

New artist of the year: Ariana Grande

Single of the year: "Cruise," Florida Georgia Line featuring Nelly

Pop/rock female artist: Taylor Swift

Pop/rock male artist: Justin Timberlake

Pop/rock band, duo or group: One Direction

Pop/rock album: "Take Me Home," One Direction

Country female artist: Taylor Swift

Country male artist: Luke Bryan

Country band, duo or group: Lady Antebellum

Country album: "Red," Taylor Swift

Rap/hip-hop artist: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Rap/hip-hop album: "The Heist," Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Soul/R&B female artist: Rihanna

Soul/R&B male artist: Justin Timberlake

Soul/R&B album: "The 20/20 Experience," Justin Timberlake

Alternative rock artist: Imagine Dragons

Latin artist: Marc Anthony

Adult Contemporary: Maroon 5

Electronic dance music artist: Avicii

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Miley, JT and RiRi: 5 AMA moments to remember

By CHRIS TALBOTT
AP Music Writer

No question Justin Timberlake is the man of the year, but oh how the women of pop music proved its their world again at the American Music Awards.

Debonair at every turn, Timberlake put on a great performance and said something funny each time he appeared. But it was Taylor Swift who won the night, taking home four awards, including top honor artist of the year for the third time. It was Rihanna who won the Icon Award - at age 25. And it was Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga and Katy Perry who will again drive the morning's water-cooler conversation with their continuing awards show brinksmanship.

Not to worry, though, JT, we'll still include you our five moments to remember. But first, Miley:

- Miley's kitty: What was that exactly? We can describe it, no problem: Cyrus performed her hit "Wrecking Ball" as a duet of sorts with a giant, lip-syncing CGI kitten that floated through space projected on a screen behind her. But no way can we explain it. Playfully absurdist, it was a moment Salvador Dali would be proud of. And like all of these performances so far, it became delightfully self-referential when the cat finished the song by winking and sticking its tongue out - Cyrus' trademark move.

- Mr. President: After imitating a sex act last weekend on "Saturday Night Live," it was hard to imagine how Lady Gaga and R. Kelly might approach their performance of "Do What U Want" on Sunday night. They went high concept, casting Kelly as the president and Gaga as a Marilyn Monroe-like figure. Throughout the course of the song, Gaga dances on President Kelly's desk as he gazes up at her, their relationship is outed on Instagram and Kelly storms out when a reporter starts questioning him about the affair.

- The question: - As usual, comedian Sarah Silverman got right to the heart of the uncomfortable subject in the room - white folks winning awards that usually go to black performers. She noted the nominees for favorite soul/R&B album were Timberlake, Robin Thicke and Rihanna: "One, a white kid from the Mickey Mouse Club, one the son of the dad from `Growing Pains,' and the other a strong, soulful Caribbean woman of color. I don't know who will win, but I do know who should find this most ironic if she loses."

Timberlake, also the favorite soul-R&B male artist, won: "Thank you, Sarah. Growing up in Memphis, Tenn., I can honestly say that's the first time I've ever been racially profiled by a white woman."

- Channeling Celia: You're left wondering after the show how long Jennifer Lopez prepared for her Celia Cruz tribute. Lopez was sexy and dazzling, leading a troupe of two dozen dancers through complex routines without missing a step in salute to the Salsa legend. She changed outfits on stage twice, finishing with a shimmering silver singlet and wining triumphantly at the crowd as her dancers sprawled about her at the end of the tribute.

- Hi, mom: Monica Fenty, Rihanna's mom, hi-jacked the show when she came on stage to present her daughter with the AMA's first Icon Award. The singer put her arm around her mother as she spoke, and told stories about growing up in Barbados after accepting the award. "Right now I cannot believe at 25 years old that I'm holding an Icon Award," Rihanna said. "That is weird to even say out loud."

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Backstage banter at the AMAs

By JESSICA HERNDON
AP Film Writer

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Justin Timberlake stayed classy in a sharp blue suit. A shocked Rihanna accepted an icon award at the ripe old age of 25. And Lady Gaga danced atop the president's desk. These were just a few of the televised moments not to be missed at the American Music Awards on Sunday night. Backstage, the moments continued as a rock legend bonded with an "American Idol" alum and two pop heartthrobs shared a rare exchange in a stairwell. The Associated Press goes behind the scenes at the AMAs:

JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE CHARMS HARRY STYLES

Always the gentleman, favorite male artist winner Justin Timberlake stopped One Direction singer Harry Styles when passing him in a backstage stairwell to apologize for surging past the fellow pop star earlier in the evening. "Hey man, I didn't mean to bum-rush you before I went on," Timberlake said, while shaking Styles' hand. Styles, looking a little shocked, nodded. "Well, I just wanted to say hi," Timberlake continued before heading down the stairs and back to his seat.

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THE AFFABLE GROHL

Taking a bite out of a bite-size sandwich that wife Jordyn Blum brought to him, Foo Fighter's frontman David Grohl said he had hoped he was going to bite into a burger. His disappointment was quickly deferred as a young fan approached and told Grohl he'd learned to play a few Foo Fighters songs in order to perform them at school. "That's awesome!" Grohl said, before adding, "My daughter is learning to play the flute right now!" Shortly after, Grohl put his arms around his wife and tune into Lady Gaga's performance of "Do What U Want" with R. Kelly. Hamburger forgotten.

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AN AMERICAN IDOL ALUM SCHOOLS A ROCK LEGEND

As Luke Bryan won the top country male artist award, Dave Grohl acknowledged to fellow rocker Chris Daughtry, "I know nothing about country. Who's big in the country world?" Daughtry swiftly got Grohl up to speed: "Well this guy," said Daughtry, nodding to the big screen TV displaying the live feed of Bryan accepting his award. "And Florida Georgia Line." Later, Daughtry asked Grohl to take a picture with him. Who could blame him?

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DANCER TO THE RESCUE

Chivalrous "Dancing With the Stars" pro Maxim Chmerkovskiy carried an injured dancer backstage following their performance during the Jennifer Lopez tribute to Celia Cruz. Sitting her down gently on a couch in the VIP lounge, Chmerkovskiy knelt down to attend to the dancer, who grimaced in pain over her hurt foot. Then, unbuttoning and airing out his sweat-soaked, hot pink dress shirt, Chmerkovskiy put his pristine abs on full display. Whether this cheered the patient was unknown. The moment was soon interrupted by paramedics rolling in a stretcher.

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