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Perry’s “California Gurls” was one of the year’s top hits but was shut out of the record and song of the year categories. Yet Perry, who performed the hit on the live nominations broadcast, was far from disappointed: Her album “Teenage Dream” was nominated for album of the year, along with Gaga’s “The Fame Monster,” “Recovery,” “Need You Now” and Arcade Fire’s “The Suburbs.”

“It’s amazing. It’s like no other award show because I feel like you’re being recognized by your peers,” she said. “And there’s so many fantastic performers and artists that could be in this category, so when they nominate you, it feels like a win.”

Bieber appeared on the show from wee-hours London and the 16-year-old was rewarded for staying up: he was nominated for best new artist in a category that also included Drake, Florence & the Machine, Mumford & Sons and jazz artist Esperanza Spaulding.

“It feels amazing. I can’t believe I’m in this position. Thank you to the fans,” he said. “I don’t know what to say.”

The evening’s biggest snub may have belonged to Ke$ha. Even though the party girl singer had a top-selling debut and several hit songs, she was not nominated for any awards.

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AP Entertainment Writer Sandy Cohen contributed to this report.

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