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Take It, Justin! - The 40th American Music Awards

 

Justin Bieber took 2012 by storm when he won three major awards at the American Music Awards 2012.

He won the favourite artist of the year (beating out Rihanna, Katy Perry, Drake, and Maroon 5), favourite pop/rock male artist award and favourite pop/rock album. Upon accepting his first award of the night, the 18 year old singer accepted with a comment, "I want to say this is for all the haters who thought that I was just here for one or two years. I feel like I'm going to be here for a very long time."

Other major award winners included Maroon 5, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood and Luke Bryan. The AMA 2012 also marked the creation of a new category – electronic dance music award in which David Guetta won the prize.

It was the American Music Awards’ 40th anniversary and as expected, the ceremony opened with a bang as Usher, dressed in a black shirt, black leather pants and red high tops, appeared on stage from a swirl of smoke and launched into a medley of his most famous hits – Numb, Climax, and Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop.

Other notable performances were from Nicki Minaj (winner of favourite rap/hip hop album and favourite rap/hip hop artist award) who performed her new single "Freedom" in an all-white get-up, including fur coat and pink hair. It was a snowy and ghostly scene as a choir, also in white, joined her on stage. Taylor Swift, performing the pop song "I Knew You Were Trouble", sang in a light dress while dancers wore mostly black but then she changed into a red corset and black skirt, matching their dark mood. Kelly Clarkson, making a nod to her American Idol roots, performed with a number on her dress and three people in judge chairs looking on as she sang "Miss Independent,” “Since U Been Gone," "Stronger" and "Catch My Breath."

And of course, the artist of the night, Justin Bieber, performed in a moving acoustic rendition of his single, “As Long As You Love Me,” and was later joined by Nicki Minaj for an upbeat collaboration of “Beauty and the Beat.”

Will 2013 be another Bieber Fever year? We can’t wait to find out!


 

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