AMA's Big Winner: a Canadian
Justin Bieber dominates the night with 3 awards
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 19, 2012 5:49 AM CST
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(Newser) – The big winner at last night's American Music Awards was ... a Canadian. Justin Bieber won artist of the year, which he also grabbed in 2010, as well as favorite pop/rock male artist and favorite pop/rock album. "I want to say this is for all the haters who thought I was just here for one or two years," said a triumphant Bieber as he accepted his first award. "I feel like I'm going to be here for a very long time." He also brought his mom onstage as he collected his last award, grinded with Nicki Minaj during a performance, and got his butt grabbed by presenter Jenny McCarthy. Other highlights, per the AP:

  • Usher opened the show by performing a medley of his hits, and won favorite soul/R&B male artist.
  • It wouldn't be an awards show if Taylor Swift didn't win something. This time around she walked away with a fifth straight win in the favorite country female artist category.
  • Nicki Minaj won two awards (favorite rap/hip-hop artist and favorite rap/hip-hop album), wore three wigs, and changed into four different outfits.
  • Korean rapper PSY teamed up with MC Hammer to perform a mashup of their hits, "Gangnam Style" and "Too Legit to Quit," as everyone in the audience horse-danced along.
  • Favorite new artist went to Carly Rae Jepsen of "Call Me Maybe" fame.
  • Ryan Seacrest offered a tribute to AMA creator Dick Clark as Stevie Wonder performed.
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right2dave
Nov 21, 2012 3:55 PM CST
Canada would implode if it didn't have the American tits to feed off of.
fractal
Nov 21, 2012 2:24 AM CST
Justin Beiber is pure bubblegum, just as Taylor Swift is country bubblgum. As such, they are marginally talented. But the AMAs insist on rewarding high selling commercial acts, instead of real innovation or enduring talent. I would love to see the AMA's focus on awarding new artists that are not yet successful---give them some decent exposure.
Tology
Nov 19, 2012 10:20 AM CST
Today's music industry is in serious trouble if the best they can offer us is Justin Beiber. There are plenty of people out there with real talent that are going un-noticed but this Beiber kid who has no talent gets rich. Everyone needs to listen to superleroyvv and AJRBrothers on You Tube to see some real up and coming talent. I guess with hack artists like JayZ running the business end of the music industry it is understandable why other people with no talent get recording contracts.