AceShowbiz - Near the end of the 2011 American Music Awards, %cAdele% was honored with Favorite Pop/Rock Album through her smash hit album "21". The British singing sensation won it over %cLady GaGa% and %cRihanna%. She was not present at the ceremony because she's still recovering from her vocal cord surgery. Thus, the award was accepted by %cJenny McCarthy% on her behalf.
Adele, however, had to give up Artist of the Year title to %cTaylor Swift%. The "Someone Like You" singer, along with %cLady GaGa%, %cKaty Perry% and %cLil Wayne%, was blocked by Swift to win the top prize. %cLionel Richie% and %cVanessa Minnillo% were on hand to present her with the honor just before the closing performance by %cLMFAO%.
The winner of the evening who was not announced on the televised event was %cFoo Fighters%. This band won Favorite Alternative Artist over %cThe Black Keys% and %cMumford & Sons%. Though losing Artist of the Year, Adele still managed to add two more gongs; Favorite Adult Contemporary Artist and Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist.
The other victorious artists included %cBlake Shelton%, %cUsher% and %cCasting Crowns%. They received Favorite Country Male Artist, Favorite Soul/R&B Male Artist, and Favorite Contemporary Inspirational Artist respectively. Special honoree, meanwhile, was %cKaty Perry% as a female artist with five #1 singles from one album.
Overall, it was Swift and Adele who dominated the full winner list by pocketing three awards each. Their domination was followed by another female artist %cNicki Minaj% who scored a double victory at the event. She got Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Artist and Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Album.