UNDATED (AP) — One Direction might have debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard charts behind Justin Bieber, but they won the top award at Sunday’s American Music Awards.
The band also won favorite duo or group – pop/rock Sunday night.
Bieber, who won best collaboration with Diplo and Skrillex, closed the night with a medley of his hits.
Billboard announced Sunday his new album, “Purpose,” will debut at No. 1 on its charts Monday after selling 649,000 equivalent albums. It beat out One Direction’s “Made In the A.M.,” which sold 459,000 equivalent albums.
Bieber’s performance wasn’t the only well-received one: Celine Dion paid tribute to the victims of the recent Paris attacks by singing Edith Piaf’s “Hymne à L’Amour” in French.
Taylor Swift, who is out of the country shooting a music video, won song of the year for “Blank Space,” favorite album – pop/rock for “1989” and favorite artist – adult contemporary
Swift lost favorite female artist – pop/rock to Grande.
The show was telecast on ABC.
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