Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj proved to be the night's king and queen, each taking home multiple prizes. The Biebs won three awards total and dedicated his first win to "the haters."
Here is the full list of 2012 AMA winners:
Pop Rock Male Artist
County Female Artist
Nicki Minaj: “Pink Friday, Roman Reloaded”
Alternative Rock Band
R&B Male Soul Artist
Country Male Artist
New Artist of the Year Award
Carly Rae Jepsen
Electronic Dance Artist (new category)
Best Pop Rock Album
Justin Bieber / “Believe”
Best Country Album
Carrie Underwood / “Blown Away”
Artist of the Year
On a final note, Dick Clark can be considered one winner at the 40th Anniversary AMAs who is not listed above. A good friend of Clark, Stevie Wonder, played a special tribute to the music industry icon as a photo and video montage streamed in the background. Clark’s widow, Kari Wigton, was present and visibly moved by the tribute.
Keeping with Clark’s tradition of bringing the biggest stars on the planet together, the night concluded with Korean superstar PSY’s “Gangham Style,” which brought down the house. A little K-Pop at the American Music Awards? Sure, why not!
--SAMANTHA NEGRAVAL, NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM