Carrie Underwood remains country’s queen of the American Music Awards after being crowed the winner of two big categories. Underwood snagged the award for Favorite Female Artist — Country and Favorite Album — Country. She also landed a nomination for Artist of the Year, which went to Ariana Grande.
Underwood thanked the fans through her Instagram, since she wasn’t at the awards to receive them. The two awards brings her total hardware from the American Music Awards to 11.
Blake Shelton snagged the award for Favorite Male Vocalist — Country and Tim McGraw won the Favorite Country Song for “Humble and Kind.” Florida Georgia Line also won Favorite Duo or Group — Country. That pretty much wraps up country’s showing at the awards, which mostly stick to genre-specific categories.
The American Music Awards generally focus on the biggest pop stars of the day. Each category typically only has a few nominees (generally three), which are determined based on sales, radio play and social media. Fans then vote on the nominees through the AMA website.
So naturally, Carrie’s fans had her back. Tim McGraw’s win came as a bigger surprise, given he competed with Florida Georgia Line’s “H.O.L.Y.” and Thomas Rhett’s “Die A Happy Man.”
The American Music Awards take place in Los Angeles every year. Dick Clark production invented them in 1973 to compete with the Grammy Awards, which award artists based on membership votes.