Billboard Music Awards 2013: Taylor Swift wins Artist of the Year

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taylor-swift-artist-of-the-year-billboard-gi.jpgIt was the top prize of the night: Artist of the Year. Based on year-end chart performance according to Neilsen data for sales, number of downloads and total airplay, the field was narrowed to five: Maroon 5, Justin Bieber, One Direction, Rihanna and Taylor Swift.

And Swift took it, handily.

The affable artist took the stage at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards to accept her award and joked about her overly-emotional music, telling the audience (which included beaming best friend Selena Gomez in the front row), "I try to be kind of self-aware about the music I make and I realize that my album is on the opposite ends of the love spectrum ... I just want to thank you guys for making my music the soundtrack to your crazy emotions."

Dedicating her award (one of eight Swift won during the night) to her fans, while poking fun at her very public love life, she ended her speech by saying, "You are the longest and best relationship I've ever had."

Are you happy that Swift took the top award of the night?
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