Last night was the 2012 American Music Awards held at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles with celebs like Chris Brown, Justin Bieber, Nicki Minaj, PSY, Mc Hammer, Stevie Wonder, Usher Raymond, Swizz Beatz, David Guetta and more in attendance.
FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – POP/ROCK
Justin won the first award of the night amid the tumult surrounding his relationship drama with Selena Gomez. Upon accepting the award, he had this to say, “This is for the haters.”
2. Taylor Swift
FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – COUNTRY
Taylor called it “unreal” to receive her award, and told her fans, “I’m really, really happy right now and that’s all because of you.”
3. Nicki Minaj
FAVORITE ALBUM – RAP/HIP-HOP
Nicki beat out J. Cole and Drake to win the award for favorite Rap/Hip-hop album for her work on Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded.
4. Linkin Park
FAVORITE ARTIST – ALTERNATIVE ROCK
Linkin Park’s new collaboration with Rick Rubin, “Living Things,” paid off with a big win at the American Music Awards where the band won over fellow nominees Goye and the Black Keys.
FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – SOUL/R&B
Usher was nominated for favorite artist in both the “Soul/R&B” category, and the “Pop/Rock” category. He won the former after losing the latter to his pal Justin Bieber.
6. Luke Bryan
FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – COUNTRY
Luke was all smiles when he took home the award for Favorite Male Country Artist.
7. Carly Rae Jepsen
NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Carly Rae’s massive hit, “Call Me Maybe” lead to her big win in a talent-packed field for New Artist. Carly got a scream of approval when she thanked Justin Bieber during her acceptance speech, and added, “To the fans, I am floored, thank you! Wow.”
8. Lady Antebellum
FAVORITE BAND, DUO or GROUP – COUNTRY
Antebellum was thrilled with their AMA win, but they ducked out of the show early, tweeting half an hour before its end, “Already out celebrating the big win tonight!! Thanks to our wonderful fans!!!“
9. David Guetta
FAVORITE ARTIST – ELECTRONIC DANCE MUSIC (EDM)
While he wasn’t onhand to accept his award, David beat out fellow phenoms Calvin Harris and Skrillex for the EDM award.
10. Justin Bieber
FAVORITE ALBUM – POP/ROCK
Justin was kiss attacked by comedian Jenny McCarthy upon winning his second award of the night for his hit album Believe.
11. Nicki Minaj
FAVORITE ARTIST – RAP/HIP-HOP
Nicki used the occasion of her second win of the night to announce the premiere of her video for “Freedom” on Monday night. She also thanked her fans, aka her “Barbz & Kens.”
12. Carrie Underwood
Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist: Katy Perry
Favorite Pop/Rock Band/Duo/Group: Maroon 5
Favorite Soul/R&B Female Artist: Beyoncé
Favorite Soul/R&B Album: Talk That Talk, Rihanna
Favorite Adult Contemporary Artist: Adele
Favorite Latin Artist: Shakira
Favorite Adult Contemporary Inspirational Artist: tobyMac
See more pics below:
Chris and rapper Ludacris performing onstage during the 40th American Music Awards.
Nicki Minaj and rapper Tyga accept the award for Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Artist from Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson and Hayden Panettiere.