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Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, Carly Rae Jepsen win big at American Music Awards (Video)

By Daniel S Levine,

Last night, the American Music Awards celebrated its 40th anniversary and first ceremony without Dick Clark. During the show, the big winners were Taylor Swift and Justin Bieber, who won the night’s top prize, artist of the year.

Bieber won the first and last awards handed out. Right after the show kicked off at 8pm on ABC, the Believe singer picked up the Favorite Male Pop/Rock Artist Award. His next win came two hours later for Favorite Pop/Rock Album for Believe. The night ended with Bieber winning Artist of the Year.

The 18-year-old arrived with his mom by his side, but E! News reports that several people saw him leave with Selena Gomez.

The AMAs certainly spread out the awards, since Bieber and Nicki Minaj were the only ones to come home with more than one. Swift won Favorite Female Country Artist, while Jepsen took home New Artist. Favorite Country album went to Carrie Underwood’s Blown Away, while Nicki Minaj’s Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded won Favorite Rap/Hip Hop album. Minaj also won Favorite Rap/Hip Hop artist.

Usher won his fourth straight AMA for Favorite Soul/R&B artist.

One of the highlights of the night included PSY’s performance of “Gangnam Style,” which featured a surprise appearance by MC Hammer.

Stevie Wonder was also on hand to pay tribute to Dick Clark. According to Rolling Stone, he performed a medley of his hits, including “Master Blaster (Jammin'),” “Sir Duke” and “My Cherie Amour.”

 
 

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