Justin Bieber Wins Big at AMA Awards

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Justin Bieber gave an emotional thank you to his mom, Pattie Mallette, who stood on stage with the pop star as he accepted Artist of the Year, his third award of the evening, at the culmination of the 40th annual American Music Awards Sunday in Los Angeles.

The one person Justin didn't thank? Rumored ex girlfriend Selena Gomez who showed up with him at the AMAs after party much to the shegrin of Jenny McCarthy who tweeted "My cub @justinbeiber brought his acceptable and beautifully aged beauty Selena to the AMA after party."

The Biebs, who brought his mother along as his date for the show, took home the first and the last award of the night, (Favourite Pop/Rock Album and Artist of the Year, respectively) as well as Favourite Pop/Rock Album for Believe.

Fierce & Fabulous: The 2012 AMA Red Carpet

Nipping at his heels with two wins this year, Nicki Minaj nabbed the awards for favourite rap/hip hop album (Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded) and favourite rap/hip hop artist.  As well Canadian sweetheart Carly Rae Jepsen picked up the win for New Artist of the Year!

The big-winning twosome also graced the stage to sing (once with each other) hits from their current albums. Taylor Swift, Christina Aguilera, No Doubt, Usher, Carly Rae Jepsen, Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson, and Pink also made the night memorable with elaborate, theatrical performances.

Recently departed Dick Clark, who created the show forty years ago, was honoured by Stevie Wonder with a variety of songs. Whitney Houston was also fondly remembered by singer Brandy, who introduced a brief tribute to the late artist.

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