American Music Awards

Taylor Swift breaks all-time American Music Awards record

The star won four trophies, including artist of the year, making her the ceremony's most-decorated female ever.

She now holds 23 AMAs, beating a record previously held by Whitney Houston.

Swift, who recently broke years of political silence to declare support for two Democrats, again urged fans to take part in the US mid-term elections.

Accepting artist of the year, she said: "This award, and every single award given out tonight, were voted on by the people.

One Direction win artist of the year prize at American Music awards

The group also won in the favourite pop/rock duo or group category on Sunday night.

Where in the world is Taylor Swift right now?

The Bad Blood singer was expected to appear at the American Music Awards today but was a no-show on the event's red carpet event in Los Angeles.

She was rumoured to have been spotted at Auckland Airport this morning, with several eager fans suggesting that they'd caught a glimpse of Swift.

No one is yet to post photographic proof of Swift in New Zealand, and Facebook rumours that she was filming a music video in East Tamaki seem unfounded.