Sunday, November 18, 2012
Canadian heartthrob Justin Bieber was the night's big winner taking all three awards for which he was nominated. He won the top prize of Artist of the Year, as well as Favorite Male Artist – Pop/Rock and Favorite Album – Pop/Rock for Believe.
The only other multiple award-winner was Nicki Minaj, who along with Rihanna led the field with 4 nominations. Minaj won for Favorite Artist – Rap/Hip-Hop and Favorite Alvum – Rap/Hip-Hop for Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded.
Rihanna's sole win was for Favorite Album – Soul/R&B on the strength of her album Talk That Talk.
Among other winners were Canadian Carly Rae Jepsen, Taylor Swift, Usher, Beyoncé and Adele.
Carly Rae Jepsen performed "This Kiss" and a subdued, lower version of her monster hit "Call Me, Maybe." Other performers included Usher, Taylor Swift, Kelly Clarkson, and Justing Bieber. Many performed medleys. A tribute was given to Whitney Houston, before awkwardly and abruptly transitioning to a performance by Swizz Beatz and Chris Brown.
The big finale was a mashup performance by Psy and MC Hammer of their respective hits "Gangnam Style" and "2 Legit 2 Quit."
Nominees for the 2012 American Music Awards
Complete list of nominees for the 2012 American Music Awards
ARTIST OF THE YEAR
NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Carly Rae Jepsen
FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – POP/ROCK
FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – POP/ROCK
FAVORITE BAND, DUO OR GROUP – POP/ROCK
FAVORITE ALBUM – POP/ROCK
Justin Bieber, Believe
FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – COUNTRY
FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – COUNTRY
FAVORITE BAND, DUO or GROUP - COUNTRY
FAVORITE ALBUM - COUNTRY
Carrie Underwood, Blown Away
FAVORITE ARTIST – RAP/HIP-HOP
FAVORITE ALBUM – RAP/HIP-HOP
Nicki Minaj, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded
FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – SOUL/R&B
FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – SOUL/R&B
FAVORITE ALBUM – SOUL/R&B
Rihanna, Talk That Talk
FAVORITE ARTIST - ALTERNATIVE ROCK
FAVORITE ARTIST - ADULT CONTEMPORARY
FAVORITE ARTIST - LATIN
FAVORITE ARTIST - CONTEMPORARY INSPIRATIONAL
FAVORITE ARTIST - ELECTRONIC DANCE MUSIC (EDM)