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2015 People’s Choice Awards Winners Include Hunter Hayes, Taylor Swift

Lady Antebellum and Carrie Underwood also win in country categories

Hunter Hayes People's Choice Awards 2015

Hunter Hayes accepts Favorite Male Country Artist at the 2015 People's Choice Awards

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It was all about the fans at the 2015 People’s Choice Awards Wednesday night, and the fans really, really love Taylor Swift. The country-gone-pop star took home Favorite Female Artist, Favorite Pop Artist and Favorite Song for “Shake It Off.” Her former tourmate Ed Sheeran won Favorite Male Artist and Favorite Album for X.

In the country categories, Hunter Hayes was the upset victor for Favorite Male Country Artist, beating hitmaking heavyweights Blake Shelton, Brad Paisley, Luke Bryan and Tim McGraw. “That’s quite the category, and I don’t know what I’m doing with this,” the multi-instrumentalist humbly said upon accepting the award. “I’m so blessed to get to do what I love, and you guys give us the chance to get to do what we do. I have unbelievable parents who believed in my obsession with music, and I have a fantastic team around me, fantastic friends… and the best fans in the world.”

Lady Antebellum stake claim to Favorite Country Group, for which they thanked family, fans — and famous fan, Ellen DeGeneres. The trio also delivered their high-energy “Freestyle” on the show. (Watch the performance below.)

Carrie Underwood has her seventh career People’s Choice trophy with her win for Favorite Female Country Artist, topping the category that also included Dolly Parton, Faith Hill, Lucy Hale and Miranda Lambert. See the full list of 2015 People’s Choice Awards nominees and winners in the music categories below, and click here for the full list of winners including TV and movie categories. (Winners in bold.)

Favorite Male Artist
Blake Shelton
Ed Sheeran
John Legend
Pharrell Williams
Sam Smith

Favorite Female Artist
Iggy Azalea
Katy Perry
Taylor Swift

Favorite Group
Imagine Dragons
Maroon 5
One Direction

Favorite Breakout Artist
5 Seconds of Summer
Charli XCX
Fifth Harmony
Meghan Trainor
Sam Smith

Favorite Male Country Artist
Blake Shelton
Brad Paisley
Hunter Hayes
Luke Bryan
Tim McGraw

Favorite Female Country Artist
Carrie Underwood
Dolly Parton
Faith Hill
Lucy Hale
Miranda Lambert

Favorite Country Group
The Band Perry
Florida Georgia Line
Lady Antebellum
Rascal Flatts
Zac Brown Band

Favorite Pop Artist
Jennifer Lopez
Jessie J
Taylor Swift

Favorite Hip-Hop Artist
Iggy Azalea
Jay Z
Nicki Minaj

Favorite R&B Artist
Chris Brown
Jennifer Hudson
John Legend
Pharrell Williams

Favorite Album
G I R L by Pharrell Williams
Ghost Stories by Coldplay
In the Lonely Hour by Sam Smith
My Everything by Ariana Grande
X by Ed Sheeran

Favorite Song
“All About That Bass” by Meghan Trainor
“Bang Bang” by Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj
“Maps” by Maroon 5
“Shake It Off” by Taylor Swift
“Stay with Me” by Sam Smith


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