One Direction accept the award for artist of the year during the 42nd American Music Awards in Los Angeles, California November 23, 2014. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
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One Direction won artist of the year at the American Music Awards, taking home three honors and was the night's big winner next to Katy Perry, who didn't attend the show.One Direction also won favorite band, duo or group -- pop/rock and favorite album -- pop/rock for "Midnight Memories" at the fan-voted show on Sunday night.Perry won three honors as well, including single of the year for No. 1 hit "Dark Horse," favorite female artist -- pop/rock and favorite artist -- adult contemporary.Breakthrough Australian newcomer Iggy Azalea, who was the top nominee with six, won favorite album -- rap/hip-hop for "The New Classic" and favorite artist -- rap/hip-hop, taking down rap heavyweights Eminem and Drake.Smith, who also performed, won favorite male artist -- pop/rock.Beyonce, who didn't attend, won favorite female artist -- soul/R&B and favorite album -- soul/R&B for her self-titled effort.Carrie Underwood was named favorite female artist -- country and the soundtrack for "Frozen," the year's top-selling album, won top soundtrack.
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