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Taylor Swift wins artist of the year at iHeartRadio Awards

Associated Press logo Associated Press 3/30/2015 By MESFIN FEKADU, AP Music Writer
Taylor Swift poses in the press room with the awards for best lyrics for “Blank Space”, song of the year for “Shake It Off” and artist of the year at the iHeartRadio Music Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on Sunday, March 29, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Salangsang/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Taylor Swift poses in the press room with the awards for best lyrics for “Blank Space”, song of the year for “Shake It Off” and artist of the year at the iHeartRadio Music Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on Sunday, March 29, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Salangsang/Invision/AP)

The iHeartRadio Music Awards should be called the iHeartTaylorSwift Awards.

Taylor Swift arrives at the iHeartRadio Music Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on Sunday, March 29, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Salangsang/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Taylor Swift arrives at the iHeartRadio Music Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on Sunday, March 29, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Salangsang/Invision/AP)

The pop singer cleaned house at the show Sunday, winning artist of the year and song of the year for "Shake It Off," and even assisted Madonna by strumming her guitar onstage while the pop icon sang a new song.

Taylor Swift poses in the press room with the awards for best lyrics for “Blank Space”, song of the year for “Shake It Off” and artist of the year at the iHeartRadio Music Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on Sunday, March 29, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Salangsang/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Taylor Swift poses in the press room with the awards for best lyrics for “Blank Space”, song of the year for “Shake It Off” and artist of the year at the iHeartRadio Music Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on Sunday, March 29, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Salangsang/Invision/AP)

"More than anything in the world, I just hope that any of the fans watching know how much I adore you ... we've gotten closer and closer with each year, not further apart," a glossy-eyed Swift said at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. "Like, you make me so happy."

Taylor Swift arrives at the iHeartRadio Music Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on Sunday, March 29, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Salangsang/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Taylor Swift arrives at the iHeartRadio Music Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on Sunday, March 29, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Salangsang/Invision/AP)

The pop star also won best lyrics for her other hit song, "Blank Space."

Justin Timberlake poses in the press room with the iHeartRadio Innovator award at the iHeartRadio Music Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on Sunday, March 29, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Salangsang/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Justin Timberlake poses in the press room with the iHeartRadio Innovator award at the iHeartRadio Music Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on Sunday, March 29, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Salangsang/Invision/AP)

Madonna, whose recent awards show performances were energetic and upbeat, toned it down when singing "Rebel Heart" while Swift played guitar next to her.

Iggy Azalea arrives at the iHeartRadio Music Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on Sunday, March 29, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Salangsang/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Iggy Azalea arrives at the iHeartRadio Music Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on Sunday, March 29, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Salangsang/Invision/AP)

"My favorite guitar player, yeah!" Madonna said as she presented Swift with song of the year.

Nick Jonas arrives at the iHeartRadio Music Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on Sunday, March 29, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Salangsang/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Nick Jonas arrives at the iHeartRadio Music Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on Sunday, March 29, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Salangsang/Invision/AP)

The second annual iHeartRadio Music Awards also featured Rihanna, Justin Timberlake, Chris Brown and Iggy Azalea. Guests sat at traditional tables — in the vein of the Golden Globes — instead of typical awards show seats. Chris Brown sat with Ludacris, while Swift's table included Snoop Dogg, Ryan Seacrest and Timberlake.

Meghan Trainor arrives at the iHeartRadio Music Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on Sunday, March 29, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Salangsang/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Meghan Trainor arrives at the iHeartRadio Music Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on Sunday, March 29, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Salangsang/Invision/AP)

The former boy band member, who earned the iHeartRadio Innovator Award for his accomplishments as an entertainer, told the audience that he was called "weird" as a teenager, and offered encouraging words to teens experiencing teasing and bullying.

Jason Aldean, left, and Brittany Kerr arrive at the iHeartRadio Music Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on Sunday, March 29, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Salangsang/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Jason Aldean, left, and Brittany Kerr arrive at the iHeartRadio Music Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on Sunday, March 29, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Salangsang/Invision/AP)

"Growing up in school, no one ever called me anything close to an innovator, they called me different, they called me weird, they called me a couple of other words I can't say on TV," Timberlake said. "So thankfully my mother taught me that being different was a good thing, that being different meant you could actually make a difference, so tonight I want to thank my mom."

Zendaya arrives at the iHeartRadio Music Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on Sunday, March 29, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Salangsang/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Zendaya arrives at the iHeartRadio Music Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on Sunday, March 29, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Salangsang/Invision/AP)

Timberlake, whose wife Jessica Biel is pregnant with their first child, also thanked the actress, who didn't attend the awards show which aired on NBC.

Mike Tyson arrives at the iHeartRadio Music Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on Sunday, March 29, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Salangsang/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Mike Tyson arrives at the iHeartRadio Music Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on Sunday, March 29, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Salangsang/Invision/AP)

"Finally, I want to thank my best friend, my favorite collaborator, my wife Jessica," he said.

Jeremy Piven arrives at the iHeartRadio Music Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on Sunday, March 29, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Salangsang/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Jeremy Piven arrives at the iHeartRadio Music Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on Sunday, March 29, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Salangsang/Invision/AP)

Rihanna performed her new single, "B---- Better Have My Money," for the first time. The b-word wasn't bleeped throughout the performance, where Rihanna sported a bright green mink with matching knee high boots and sunglasses.

Jason Derulo arrives at the iHeartRadio Music Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on Sunday, March 29, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Salangsang/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Jason Derulo arrives at the iHeartRadio Music Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on Sunday, March 29, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Salangsang/Invision/AP)

Azalea and Jennifer Hudson kicked off the show with a jail-themed performance: Azalea was dressed as an inmate and Hudson as a police officer as they performed "Trouble" with a set design that included bathroom stalls and a jail cell with laser light bars.

Adam Lambert arrives at the iHeartRadio Music Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on Sunday, March 29, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Salangsang/Invision/AP): Iggy Azalea arrives at the iHeartRadio Music Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on Sunday, March 29, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Salangsang/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Iggy Azalea arrives at the iHeartRadio Music Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on Sunday, March 29, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Salangsang/Invision/AP)

Nick Jonas followed the theme with his arms and neck tied in thick chains, while he sang his latest hit, "Chains," as dancers wearing black and white stripes danced around him.

Brantley Gilbert arrives at the iHeartRadio Music Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on Sunday, March 29, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Salangsang/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Brantley Gilbert arrives at the iHeartRadio Music Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on Sunday, March 29, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Salangsang/Invision/AP)

Jamie Foxx hosted the fan-voted show and performed a new song with Brown. Foxx also told jokes about celebrities, including Bruce Jenner, Suge Knight and Marvin Gaye.

Nikki Sixx arrives at the iHeartRadio Music Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on Sunday, March 29, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Salangsang/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Nikki Sixx arrives at the iHeartRadio Music Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on Sunday, March 29, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Salangsang/Invision/AP)

"Marvin Gaye had an incredible year. Marvin Gaye had the No. 1 song featuring Pharrell and Robin Thicke," he said. "He's making beats in heaven. He might be dead, but he ain't dead broke."

Boy George arrives at the iHeartRadio Music Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on Sunday, March 29, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Salangsang/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Boy George arrives at the iHeartRadio Music Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on Sunday, March 29, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Salangsang/Invision/AP)

Meghan Trainor, Florida Georgia Line, Snoop Dogg, Jason Derulo and Kelly Clarkson also performed during the three-hour event.

Ryan Seacrest arrives at the iHeartRadio Music Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on Sunday, March 29, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Salangsang/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Ryan Seacrest arrives at the iHeartRadio Music Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on Sunday, March 29, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Salangsang/Invision/AP)

Jason Aldean, who also hit the stage, won country song of the year for "Burnin' It Down."

CORRECTS ORDER OF GROUP - Ashton Irwin, from left, Luke Hemmings, Calum Hood and Michael Clifford, of 5 Seconds of Summer, arrive at the iHeartRadio Music Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on Sunday, March 29, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Salangsang/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press CORRECTS ORDER OF GROUP - Ashton Irwin, from left, Luke Hemmings, Calum Hood and Michael Clifford, of 5 Seconds of Summer, arrive at the iHeartRadio Music Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on Sunday, March 29, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Salangsang/Invision/AP)

"I want to thank my new wife Brittany over there," said Aldean, who got married last week.

Camila Cabello, from left, Normani Kordei, Lauren Jauregui, Ally Brooke Hernandez and Dinah Jane Hansen, of Fifth Harmony, arrive at the iHeartRadio Music Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on Sunday, March 29, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Salangsang/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Camila Cabello, from left, Normani Kordei, Lauren Jauregui, Ally Brooke Hernandez and Dinah Jane Hansen, of Fifth Harmony, arrive at the iHeartRadio Music Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on Sunday, March 29, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Salangsang/Invision/AP)

Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj and Jessie J won best collaboration for "Bang Bang," Hozier's "Take Me to Church" won alternative rock song of the year and Calvin Harris' "Summer" won dance song of the year.

Brian Kelley, left, and Tyler Hubbard, of Florida Georgia Line, arrive at the iHeartRadio Music Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on Sunday, March 29, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Salangsang/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Brian Kelley, left, and Tyler Hubbard, of Florida Georgia Line, arrive at the iHeartRadio Music Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on Sunday, March 29, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Salangsang/Invision/AP)

Jeremih and YG won hip-hop/R&B song of the year for "Don't Tell 'Em," beating out Beyonce and Jay Z's "Drunk In Love."

Ludacris arrives at the iHeartRadio Music Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on Sunday, March 29, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Salangsang/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Ludacris arrives at the iHeartRadio Music Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on Sunday, March 29, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Salangsang/Invision/AP)

"Since I didn't get my Grammy nomination for best rap album ... I'll roll with this," rapper YG said.

Charlie Wilson arrives at the iHeartRadio Music Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on Sunday, March 29, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Salangsang/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Charlie Wilson arrives at the iHeartRadio Music Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on Sunday, March 29, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Salangsang/Invision/AP)

Azalea and Smith — who won best new artist and accepted in a video message — were the top nominees with five apiece. They — along with Grande and Luke Bryan — lost artist of the year to Swift.

Gina Rodriguez arrives at the iHeartRadio Music Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on Sunday, March 29, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Salangsang/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Gina Rodriguez arrives at the iHeartRadio Music Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on Sunday, March 29, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Salangsang/Invision/AP)

The awards show also featured numerous video packages with musicians talking about their careers, from Minaj to Imagine Dragons.

Chris Brown arrives at the iHeartRadio Music Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on Sunday, March 29, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Salangsang/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Chris Brown arrives at the iHeartRadio Music Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on Sunday, March 29, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Salangsang/Invision/AP) Chris Brown arrives at the iHeartRadio Music Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on Sunday, March 29, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Salangsang/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Chris Brown arrives at the iHeartRadio Music Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on Sunday, March 29, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Salangsang/Invision/AP)
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