Justin Bieber sweeps American Music Awards with big wins

Justin Bieber

Canadian pop singer Carly Rae Jepsen, 26, picked up the coveted new artist-of-the-year award over One Direction, Australian artist Gotye, indie-pop band fun. and rapper J. Cole. She performed her hit Call Me Maybe.

I am floored, the singer said, thanking Bieber along with her fans in her acceptance speech.


Newcomer British-Irish boy bands One Direction, which had three nominations, and The Wanted, which had one nomination, went home empty-handed, losing out in the favorite pop/rock group category to well-established Los Angeles group Maroon 5.

French DJ David Guetta won the first-ever American Music Award for electronic dance music over DJs Calvin Harris and Skrillex.

It's wonderful also to see electronic music recognized at this level in the U.S., Guetta said in a taped acceptance speech.

Only 13 of the 20 awards were handed out during the live broadcast. Katy Perry was named favorite female pop/rock artist, Shakira was named favorite Latin artist, while Beyonce was voted favorite soul artist. None of the three attended the show.

Country-pop darling Taylor Swift, 22, scored the favorite female country artist award before performing her latest single I Knew You Were Trouble from her chart-topping album Red, on a masquerade ballroom-style stage with dancers in tuxedos, gowns and Venetian masks.

R&B star Usher kicked off the night with a medley of his hits on a laser-filled stage, while pop-rocker Pink teamed her performance of her latest single Try with a dramatic interpretive dance covered in paint with a male dancer on a stage filled with burning debris.

1990s ska-punk band No Doubt performed Looking Hot from their first album in a decade, Push & Shove, while rockers Linkin Park performed their latest Burn It Down after winning favorite alternative rock band over The Black Keys and Gotye.

Korean rapper Psy didn't score any nominations, but he was named the AMA new media honoree for his viral hit music video Gangnam Style, accompanied by his trademark horse-riding dance.

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