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Taylor Swift, Adele & Nicki Minaj Lead BMI Winners at American Music Awards

Posted in News on November 21, 2011
Taylor Swift wins big at the 2011 American Music Awards.
Taylor Swift wins big at the 2011 American Music Awards. Photo: Danny Moloshok/Reuters

Taylor Swift, Adele and Nicki Minaj triumphed at the 2011 American Music Awards, held Sunday, November 20 at the Nokia Theatre in L.A. BMI songwriters took home 76% of the fan-voted trophies, illustrating the effervescent popularity of the BMI catalog with listeners in all formats.

Swift took home top Artist of the Year overall, as well as Favorite Female Artist and Favorite Album in the country field. Adele, who is a member of U.K. performing right society PRS but chooses BMI to represent her in the U.S, also scored three wins: Favorite Female Artist in both pop and adult contemporary categories, as well as top Pop or Rock Album for 21.

Minaj cleaned up in the traditionally male-dominated hip-hop world, earning Favorite Artist and best Rap/Hip-Hop Album. Other key women winners included Rihanna for top Soul/R&B Album and Jennifer Lopez for Favorite Latin Artist.

BMI artists also blanketed the country field. In addition to Swift, winners included Blake Shelton, who clinched Favorite Male Artist, and Lady Antebellum, who scored Favorite Band, Duo or Group.

Hot Chelle Rae underscored their breakout year with the Spring New Artist of the Year crown. Foo Fighters’ capped off critical acclaim with grassroots love, winning Favorite Alternative Rock artist, as did Maroon 5 with the Favorite Band, Duo or Group win in the pop/rock field. Casting Crowns walked away with Favorite Artist honors in the Contemporary Inspirational category.

For more information, visit http://abc.go.com/american-music-awards.

2011 American Music Awards
BMI winners

Artist of the Year
Taylor Swift

POP OR ROCK MUSIC

Favorite Female Artist
Adele (PRS)

Favorite Band, Duo or Group
Maroon 5

Pop or Rock Album
Adele (PRS), 21

RAP/HIP-HOP MUSIC

Favorite Artist
Nicki Minaj

Rap/Hip-Hop Album
Nicki Minaj, Pink Friday

SOUL/R&B MUSIC

Soul/R&B Album
Rihanna, Loud

ALTERNATIVE ROCK MUSIC

Favorite Artist
Foo Fighters

ADULT CONTEMPORARY MUSIC

Favorite Artist
Adele (PRS)

LATIN MUSIC

Favorite Artist
Jennifer Lopez

COUNTRY MUSIC

Favorite Female Artist
Taylor Swift

Favorite Male Artist
Blake Shelton

Favorite Band, Duo or Group
Lady Antebellum

Favorite Album
Taylor Swift, Speak Now

CONTEMPORARY INSPIRATIONAL

Favorite Artist
Casting Crowns

SPRINT NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Pop/Rock
Hot Chelle Rae