The night belonged to Taylor Swift at the 50th American Music Awards (AMAs). She won in all six categories for which she was nominated, including Artist of the Year, the night’s top honour. The wins cemented Swift as the most decorated artist in AMA’s history, with 40 career wins.

The win comes days after the demand for tickets to Taylor Swift’s tour scuttled American company Ticketmaster. The Attorney Generals in Nevada, Tennessee and Pennsylvania have launched investigations into the fiasco to determine whether there was misconduct.

Elsewhere during the event, Lionel Richie took home the Icon award. The show devoted the 30 minutes to an extended tribute to the 2022 award recipient, given to an artist whose work has produced a global influence over the music industry. Smokey Robinson introduced Richie, noting that fans often get the two of them confused, with Robinson and Richie even signing autographs as each other for mistaken admirers, something Richie himself later confirmed.

After a video tribute, Richie took the stage, thanked his family, friends and manager, and reflected on his 40-year history with the AMAs.

Speaking to “the young superstars,” Richie said, “God has given you a light. That light is only given to a few…If you get a chance to have that light on you, understand what God has in store … God is trying to tell you you are chosen to inspire. Take this opportunity. That light is on you, inspire.”

Stevie Wonder and Charlie Puth then took the stage where they performed a number of Richie’s hits including “Easy;” “Say You, Say Me;” “Brick House;” and “We Are the World.

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