Justin Bieber claims victory over 'the haters' at the 2012 American Music Awards
It was a big night for the Biebs as he took home three awards at the 40th American Music Awards presented Sunday at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. He accepted awards for Artist of the year, pop/rock male artist and pop/rock album. Carly Rae Jepsen was named New artist of the year and Nicki Minaj took home both Rap/hip-hop artist of the year and Rap/hip-hop album of the year for her most recent release, "Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded."
"This is for all the haters who thought that maybe I was just here for one or two years. I feel like I'm going to be here for a very long time," Bieber said, accepting the evening's first award, favorite pop/rock male artist.
Country darling Taylor Swift picked up the country female award for the fifth year in a row -- her 11th AMA.
For his second win, he walked onto the stage with his mom. "She's little, but she's beautiful," he said. "I'm just so blown away right now. Thank you for always believing in me."
The night was filled with high-energy perofrmances, including Usher’s three-song medley, performing "Numb," "Climax" and "Can't Stop Won't Stop," Carly Rae Jepsen performed "This Kiss" that segued into her huge hit, "Call Me Maybe."
But the most incredible performance was the epic musical mash-up of Psy's "Gangnam Style” with rapper “MC Hammer’s” for a Too Legit to Quit” for a Hammer-pant-infused dance off to close the night.
Winners of the 40th anniversary American Music Awards:
- Artist of the year: Justin Bieber
- New artist of the year: Carly Rae Jepsen
- Pop/rock female artist: Katy Perry
- Pop/rock male artist: Justin Bieber
- Pop/rock band, duo or group: Maroon 5
- Pop/rock album: Justin Bieber, "Believe"
- Country female artist: Taylor Swift
- Country male artist: Luke Bryan
- Country band, duo or group: Lady Antebellum
- Country album: Carrie Underwood, "Blown Away"
- Rap/hip-hop artist: Nicki Minaj
- Rap/hip-hop album: Nicki Minaj, "Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded"
- Soul/R&B female artist: Beyonce
- Soul/R&B male artist: Usher
- Soul/R&B album: Rihanna, "Talk That Talk"
- Alternative rock artist: Linkin Park
- Adult contemporary artist: Adele
- Latin artist: Shakira
- Contemporary inspirational artist: tobyMac
- Electronic dance music artist: David Guetta
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