Michael Jackson made history by winning four American Music Awards on Sunday night, but he couldn’t beat Taylor Swift as the year’s favorite artist.The 19-year-old took the evening’s top award, giving Jackson his only loss of the night. Swift, the nominee leader with six, was also named favorite female pop/rock artist, and her album, Fearless, won best country album.
Jackson became the artist who has collected the most AMAs during his career and the show’s winningest posthumous artist. He was named favorite male artist in the pop/rock and soul/R&B categories. His 2003 greatest-hits album, Number Ones, also won favorite album in both categories.
Jermaine Jackson, wearing a glittery white glove in tribute to Michael, accepted his brother’s awards, thanking “Allah for blessing my entire family” and naming each of his brothers and sisters.
He said Michael’s message is more important than any award.
“The message that Michael had will live on forever,” he said. “He saw good in everyone and he wanted everyone to do good. He always started with love.”
Jackson’s victories were among the highlights of the evening, which also featured a jaw-dropping performance from Lady Gaga and a special award for Whitney Houston.