Teen singer Justin Bieber dominated the American Music Awards on Sunday night, winning the show's top award, artist of the year, and two others.

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Teen singer Justin Bieber dominated the American Music Awards on Sunday night, winning the show’s top award, artist of the year, and two others.

The singer’s mom joined him onstage as he told her: “I wanted to thank you for always believing in me.”

He said it’s “hard growing up with everyone watching me” and gave a shout-out to those who didn’t think he would last on the music scene.

“I want to say this is for all the haters who thought I was just here for one or two years. I feel like I’m going to be here for a very long time,” he said.

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As Bieber won his second award, he was kissed on the neck by actress/activist and former Playboy model Jenny McCarthy, who presented the award.

“Wow. I feel violated right now,” he said, laughing.

He gave a stripped-down, acoustic performance of “As Long As You Love Me” and then transitioned to the dance-heavy “Beauty and a Beat,” joined by Nicki Minaj, who received two awards and grinded with the teen for a few seconds. Minaj won favorite rap/hip-hop artist and album for “Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded.” She was in an all-white get-up, including fur coat and pink hair, when she performed her new song, “Freedom.”

Bieber’s red and black outfit seemed to be the night’s theme, as Taylor Swift and Usher wore similar ensembles.

Swift won her fifth consecutive award for favorite country female artist. Luke Bryan won favorite country male artist and Lady Antebellum favorite country group.

Carly Rae Jepsen, who performed early in the night, won favorite new artist.

Party girl Ke$ha performed her hit single “Die Young.” Kelly Clarkson also hit the stage, making a nod to her “American Idol” roots with a number on her dress and three judges looking on as she sang “Miss Independent.” Fellow “Idol” winner Carrie Underwood won best country album and also performed “Two Black Cadillacs.”

American Music Awards nominees were selected based on sales and airplay, and fans chose the winners by voting online. The 40th-anniversary broadcast from the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles featured a tribute to Dick Clark, its creator.


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: Beyoncé

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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