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

(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.
Click for the complete list of winners or check out photos from the night.

Justin Bieber is smothered in kisses by presenter Jenny McCarthy as he accepts an award at the 40th Anniversary American Music Awards on Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012, in Los Angeles.   (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
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PSY and MC Hammer perform at the American Music Awards.   (ABC via Celebuzz)

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