Bieber Fever was certainly in the air last night as the newly single singer pretty much dominated the 2012 American Music Awards, held at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles.
Bieber won the first award of the night, Favorite Male Artist-Pop/Rock. After hugging his mom, he took the stage, and immediately took on his detractors, “I want to say this is for all the haters who thought maybe I was here for one or two years, but I feel like I’m going to be here for a very long time.” He went on to win Album of the Year for Believe and the biggie, Artist of the Year. In your face, haters!
Bieber’s good fortune also seemed to rub off on his protege, Call Me Maybe singer, Carly Rae Jepsen, who picked up honors for Best New Artist.
The night took a somber turn to pay tribute to Whitney Houston and AMA founder Dick Clark, who both died this year. Clark created the AMAs 40 years ago. As images from Clark’s incredible career played on massive screens, music icon Stevie Wonder played a touching medley of some of his biggest hits, including Sir Duke and My Cherie Amour. Clark’s widow, Karen, was in the audience.
On a night filled with memorable performances, a few truly stood out, including a tribal-inspired number by Ke$ha:
an emotional performance by Pink:
and a little theatrical cray cray from the night’s other big winner, Nicki Minaj.
But the best was definitely saved for last, when viral smash hit Gangnam Style got a little old school flavor as MC Hammer joined Korean superstar Psy to close out the show.
Congratulations to all of last night’s winners!
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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