Taylor Swift to Receive New Prize for Excellence at American Music Awards
Taylor Swift to Receive New Prize for Excellence at American Music Awards

The American Music Awards has a brand new prize to be given out this year; The Dick Clark Award for Excellence.

The producers of the Awards announced that Taylor Swift would be receiving the Dick Clark Award for Excellence on Sunday’s show.

Clark was the host and founder of the American Music Awards, which started in 1972.

Clark’s widow, Kari Clark, said in a statement that “the first time Dick saw Taylor perform; he knew she was something special.”

Swift is receiving the award for her record-setting sales. Her fifth album, 1989, released last month became the singer’s third album to sell more than 1million copies in its debut week.

Taylor Swift is also the first female singer to beat herself to top the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. Swift’s ‘Shake it Off’ remained on top for past three weeks but ‘Blank Space’, her new single pushed it down to take the top spot. The singer's album, 1989, also scored a third consecutive week at number one on the album chart.

The record has so far sold two million copies and is the second best-selling album of 2014.

Swift is the 10th act to score the feat overall, following acts such as the Beatles, the Black Eyed Peas and Usher.

Swift will kick off the awards show with a performance of Blank Space.

The AMAs will air live on ABC and will be hosted by Pitbull. Iggy Azalea leads the nominations with six.

There will be performances by bands including 5 Seconds of Summer, Mary J Blige, Garth Brooks, Charli XCX, Jessie J, Lil Wayne, Lorde, Nicki Minaj, One Direction and Sam Smith.