Justin Bieber may be Canadian, but he was the all-American boy at Sunday night’s American Music Awards.
The pop singer dominated the awards show, winning three trophies, including artist of the year. His mom joined him onstage as he collected the award, beating out Rihanna, Maroon 5, Katy Perry and Drake.
“I wanted to thank you for always believing in me,” Mr. Bieber said, looking to his mom.
Nicki Minaj, who wore three different wigs and four outfits throughout the night, repeated her AMAs wins from last year, picking up trophies for favorite rap/hip-hop artist and album for “Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded.”
Usher kicked off the three-hour show with green laser lights beaming onstage as he performed a medley of songs, including “Numb,” “Climax” and “Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop.” He won favorite soul/R&B male artist.
His protege, Mr. Bieber, won favorite pop/rock male artist in the first award handed out 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.
He also won favorite pop/rock album for his platinum-selling third album, “Believe.”
Taylor Swift won her fifth consecutive award for favorite country female artist.
“This is unreal. I want to thank the fans. You guys are the ones who voted on this,” she said.
Dick Clark, who created the AMAs, was remembered by Ryan Seacrest and an upbeat performance by Stevie Wonder.
“What a producer he was,” Mr. Seacrest said, as Mr. Wonder sang his hits, including “My Cherie Amour.”
Carly Rae Jepsen, who performed early in the night, won favorite new artist. Luke Bryan won favorite country male artist and Lady Antebellum favorite country group.
American Music Awards nominees were selected based on sales and airplay, and fans chose the winners by voting online.
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