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Four American Music Awards for Swift

Taylor Swift has won four prizes at the American Music Awards 2013 in Los Angeles, including artist of the year.

Taylor Swift has won four prizes at the American Music Awards 2013 in Los Angeles, including artist of the year.

Swift, 23, beat Justin Timberlake, Rihanna, Bruno Mars and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis to win the top accolade for the third time, the most times an artist has won the category.

She also won favourite female pop/rock artist, female country artist and country album for her 2012 record Red, which featured songs about love and heartbreak.

"This validates that if you voted for this, that we are heartbroken in the same way, and we fall in love the same way, and we're happy in the same way'', she said.