Michael Jackson passed away in June, but his legacy is still very much alive in the hearts of his fans.

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The King of Pop broke the record for artist with the most American Music Awards ever at the ceremony Sunday night, where he won awards for both Favorite Pop/Rock artist and Favorite Male Soul/R&B artist. He also won two awards for his 2003 album "Number Ones." The four awards brought Jackson's lifetime total to 23.

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Michael's brother Jermaine, wearing a glittery white glove, accepted the awards on his brother's behalf, thanking Michael's fans and reminding them to never forget Michael's message. "The message that Michael had will live on forever. He saw good in everyone and he wanted everyone to do good. He always started with love."

Whitney Houston won the International Artist of the Year award, which has only been given out six times in the past. Actor Samuel L. Jackson presented Houston with the award. "Thank you so much, thank you so very much... everybody who supported me, stood by me... I love you."

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Six-time nominee Taylor Swift was named Artist of the Year, on top of sweeping in four of the other categories in which she was nominated.

Swift, who couldn't attend the awards show, called in from London and said, "Music has never been ultimately about competition, and to even be mentioned in a category with Michael Jackson, who we will miss and love forever, is an unimaginable honor." She went on to thank the Jackson family after receiving the night's big honor.

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