2014 American Music Awards: 13 Best Moments in GIF Form!

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Last night's 2014 American Music Awards featured plenty of surprises, many of them involving beauty and/or booty.

Bleona Qereti was nearly nude on the red carpet, but most of the night's memorable moments were delivered by stars we'd actually heard of before: 

Taylor Swift opened the show with a high-energy performance that should earn her either an Oscar or a restraining order. We're not sure which, but either way we were sufficiently frightened.

Amazingly, however, Taylor was not the most emotional performer of the night. That title goes to Selena Gomez.

Selena cried on stage while singing "The Heart Wants What It Wants" - a heart-wrenching ballad inspired by her stormy relationship with Justin Bieber.

In between all the on-stage drama, the show's organizers actually found time to hand out an award or two.

One Direction won big, taking home trophies for Favorite Album, Favorite Band Duo or Group, and Artist of the Year.

Yes, the British lads basically pulled off a clean sweep at the American Music Awards.

Between 1D's dominance, and show-stopping performances by Jessie J and Iggy Azalea, there was a distinctly international flavor to one of the US music industry's biggest night.

Given how wildly entertaining the ceremony was, we're sure everyone on hand was quite alright with the United Nations vibe. Here's hoping next year's show can continue the trend of celebrating the world's most talented artists.

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