Rockers Maroon 5 and country singer Taylor Swift were early winners at the American Music Awards Sunday, after an opening performance by Nicki Minaj wearing a costume that made her a human audio system. Maroon 5 won for best pop or rock group behind its current hit “Moves Like Jagger.” Onstage, frontman Adam Levine thanked fans for voting the band its first American Music Award. “To get one of these, you have to have loyal fans,” he said. Taylor Swift won best country female artist for the fourth straight year. She thanked her bandmates, family and fans. Hip-hop artist Minaj, backed by music spun by French DJ David Guetta, performed songs dressed in a metallic outfit that had two large speakers on her bottom. At one point, she plugged herself into a faux electric outlet on the front of her costume, delighting the crowd. Teen sensation Justin Bieber also was among the early performers, singing his holiday song “Under the Mistletoe.” Up later in the evening are the major awards, which figure to honor British singer Adele and pop stars Lady Gaga and Katy Perry, among the top nominees. With her throat on the mend after recent surgery, “Rolling in…
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