Rihanna was honoured with the first ever Icon Award at the American Music Awards on Sunday night (24.11.13).

The 'Pour It Up' singer was presented with the prestigious prize by her mother Monica Braithwaite, and Rihanna got emotional as her mum told her how ''proud'' she was of her achievements and for remaining humble, despite her success.

Rihanna held her mother's hand throughout the emotional speech.

Monica said: ''Rihanna, I am so proud of you tonight. I know the journey in your career has not always been an easy one, but tonight I applaud you and admire you for being so strong and so positive and so humble and so focused.

''It's amazing how you always manage to take good from all your experiences. I am so blessed to be a part of this historic moment,''

Rihanna, 25, paid tribute to her mother for supporting her throughout her career, despite her initial reservations about her passion to pursue a music career.

She said: ''About 20 years ago is when I first started making your life a living hell with my annoying like husky 'man voice,' you would call it. I literally begged and pleaded and she finally said yes, and I thank you and we all thank you for that yes because that was the beginning of it all.''

Taylor Swift and Justin Timberlake were among the big winners at the AMAs.

The 'I Knew You Were Trouble' hitmaker took home the night's top prize for Artist of the Year and she also took home three additional awards, including Favourite Pop/Rock Female Artist, Favourite Country Female Artist and Favourite Country Album for 'Red'.

Meanwhile, 'Mirrors' crooner Justin won three gongs following his hugely successful musical comeback earlier this year. His awards haul included Favourite Pop/Rock Male Artist, Favourite Soul/R&B Male Artist and Favourite Soul/R&B Album for 'The 20/20 Experience'.

The ceremony, which took place at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles, saw performances from Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Justin, Ariana and others.

2013 American Music Awards winners:

Artist of the Year: Taylor Swift

Favourite Pop/Rock Male Artist: Justin Timberlake

Favourite Pop/Rock Female Artist: Taylor Swift

Favourite Pop/Rock Band/Duo/Group: One Direction

Favourite Pop/Rock Album: One Direction, 'Take Me Home'

Favourite Country Female Artist: Taylor Swift

Favourite Country Male Artist: Luke Bryan

Favourite Country Band/Duo/Group: Lady Antebellum

Favourite Country Album: Taylor Swift, 'Red'

Favourite Rap/Hip-Hop Artist: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Favourite Rap/Hip-Hop Album: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, 'The Heist'

Favorite Adult Contemporary Music Artist: Maroon 5

Favourite Electronic Dance Music Artist: Avicii

Favourite Soul/R&B Male Artist: Justin Timberlake

Favourite Soul/R&B Female Artist: Rihanna

Favourite Soul/R&B Album: Justin Timberlake, 'The 20/20 Experience'

Favourite Adult Contemporary Artist: Imagine Dragons

Favourite Latin Artist: Marc Anthony

New Artist of the Year: Ariana Grande

Single of the Year: Florida Georgia Line feat. Nelly, 'Cruise'

Icon Award: Rihanna