If anybody was concerned that Justin’s widely publicized girlfriend shenanigans would affect the pop stars attitude and performance during the AMAs, it’s clear that those thoughts were ill conceived as Bieber went on to give a stellar performance, snag three awards, including the coveted Artist of the year award, and do it all with his precious mother there to root her son on.
It was clear right from the start as Ryan Seacrest announced that Bieber had won the first award of the night. The Pop or Rock Music: Favorite Male Artist award the night with Justin, and ironically the evening ended with singer winning the Artist of the Year trophy.
After receiving his first award Bieber told a screaming Bieber Fever audience:
“I want to say this is for all the haters who thought I was just here for one or two years. I feel like I’m going to be here for a very long time.”
He also won favorite pop/rock album for his platinum-selling third album, “Believe.”
When it was time for the 18-year-old to perform, he gave a stripped down, acoustic performance of “As Long As You Love Me,” then transitioned to the dance-heavy “Beauty and a Beat,” where Minaj joined him onstage, grinding with the teen for a few seconds.
Bieber and Nicki Minaj performed together – and separately – at the AMAs, and were both multiple winners.
Minaj, who wore three different wigs and four outfits throughout the night, repeated her AMAs wins from last year, picking up trophies for favorite rap/hip-hop artist and album for “Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded.” She was in an all-white get-up, including fur coat and pink hair when she performed her new song “Freedom.” The scene was ghostly and snowy, as a choir – also in white – joined her onstage. One background singer stole the performance, belting semi-high notes as Minaj looked on.
As Bieber won his second award, he was kissed on the neck by Jenny McCarthy, who presented him with the award.
“Wow. I feel violated right now,” he said, laughing.
“I did grab his butt,” McCarthy said backstage. “I couldn’t help it. He was just so delicious. So little. I wanted to tear his head off and eat it.”
Bieber’s red and black outfit seemed to be the night’s theme, as Taylor Swift and Usher wore similar ensembles.
Usher kicked off the three-hour show with green laser lights beaming onstage as he performed a medley of songs, including “Numb,” “Climax” and “Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop,” which featured a smoky floor and a number of backup dancers, as Usher jammed in all black, with the exception of his red shoes. He won favorite soul/R&B male artist.
Swift won her fifth consecutive award for favorite country female artist.
“This is unreal. I want to thank the fans. You guys are the ones who voted on this,” she said.
Swift gave a masquerade-themed performance of the pop song “I Knew You Were Trouble.” She sang onstage in a light dress while dancers wore mostly black. But then she changed into a red corset and black skirt, matching their dark mood. She even danced and sang on the floor as lights flickered throughout the performance.
Perhaps one of the most breathe taking collaborations of the night occurred when Korean rapper PSY and MC Hammer hit the stage. Hammer joined the buzzed-about pop star for his viral hit “Gangnam Style.” PSY rocked traditional “Hammer” pants as they danced to his jam and to Hammer’s “Too Legit to Quit.”
Dick Clark, who created the AMAs, was remembered by Ryan Seacrest and an upbeat performance by Stevie Wonder.
“What a producer he was,” said Seacrest, as Wonder sang his hits, including “My Cherie Amour.”
Carly Rae Jepsen, who performed early in the night, won favorite new artist.
“I am floored. Wow,” she said, thanking Bieber and his manager, Scooter Braun.
Party girl Ke$ha was glammed up on the red carpet, rocking long, flowy blonde hair and a light pink dress. She switched to her normal attire when she performed her hit single “Die Young.” It was tribal, with shirtless dancers in skin-tight pants, silver hair and skeleton-painted faces, who also played the drums. Ke$ha was pants-less, rocking knee-high boots and rolling on the floor as she finished up the song.
Minaj and Christina Aguilera were blonde bombshells, too: Minaj’s hair was busy and full of volume and she sported a neon strapless gown to accept her first award. Aguilera wore a blonde bob in a purple dress that matched her eyeshadow.
Aguilera performed a medley of material from her new album and joined Pitbull onstage.
Kelly Clarkson also hit the stage, making a nod to her “American Idol” roots with a number on her dress and three judges looking on as she sang “Miss Independent.” Then she went into “Since U Been Gone,” “Stronger” and “Catch My Breath.” It’s worth noting that “Idol” judge Randy Jackson introduced Clarkson, the first-ever winner of the show. He also advised people to donate through Red Cross for Superstorm Sandy victims.
Fellow “Idol” winner Carrie Underwood won best favorite country album and performed, hitting the right notes while singing “Two Black Cadillacs.” She talked about singing competition shows backstage.
“These people that go on these shows are so talented, you know? And I would love to see if so many of the other artists that are out there today would go back and try out for these shows, because they might get their behinds kicked by some of the contestants,” she said.
Luke Bryan won favorite country male artist and Lady Antebellum favorite country group.
American Music Awards nominees were selected based on sales and airplay, and fans chose the winners by voting online. At this award show, even the stars were fans: Pink said on the red carpet that she’d like to collaborate with Lauryn Hill. Cyndi Lauper said her musical playlist includes Pink and Minaj. Boy band The Wanted said they were excited to see PSY and Colbie Caillat wanted to watch No Doubt.
“What makes the American Music Awards special is the fans choose the winning artists,” said Chester Bennington of Linkin Park, who won favorite alternative rock artist and performed “Burn It Down,” as Brandy sang along and Gwen Stefani, Usher and Phillip Phillips bobbed their heads.
David Guetta won the show’s first-ever electronic dance music award. Non-televised awards went to Katy Perry for pop/rock female artist, Beyonce for soul/R&B female artist, Adele for adult contemporary artist and Shakira for Latin artist.
Along with Rihanna, Minaj was the top nominee with four nominations.
E! News is claiming, that is looks as if Bieber and Gomez have once again reunited. According to their report, the duo were spotted together at the after-party for the 2012 American Music Awards Sunday night. And it was none other than Bieber’s “cougar rape” cohort, Jenny McCarthy, who spilled the news in a tweet, which read: “My cub @justinbieber brought his acceptable and beautifully aged beauty Selena to the AMA after party.”
E! also pointed out that multiple eyewitnesses told the entertainment website that earlier in the evening, the former (and maybe soon rekindled?) couple were spotted leaving the Nokia Theatre together hand-in-hand (!) after the show.
According to one source, the former “Wizards of Waverly Place” actress, who was dressed casually in jeans and a dark top, must have arrived at the end of the show because she was nowhere in the theater. Once Bieber was done taking press photos, off they went.
Now if you’re replaying the awards show in your head to try and remember if you saw Gomez in the crowd, don’t. She wasn’t there.
If you didn’t get a chance to see the entire AMA show last night the following section list each award as it was given on the evening.
Pop or Rock Music: Favorite Male Artist – Justin Bieber
As fortune would have it, at 8:10 p.m. ET, the first award of the night went to Justin Bieber! He’s nominated for two more awards tonight, including Artist of the Year. It was right at this moment that people were discuss if this was a sign of good things to come later in the evening for Justin?
Country Music: Favorite Female Artist – Taylor Swift
At approximately 8:17 p.m., Taylor Swift just was the recipient of her 11th AMA. I doubt this event surprised anyone as her fans came through as expected and voted Taylor as their favorite country superstar.
Rap / Hip-Hop Music: Favorite Album – Nicki Minaj – “Pink Friday: “Roman Reloaded”
Twenty minutes later, around 8:37 p.m., Nicki Minaj wins big for her album in the Rap/Hip-Hop Music category and looks quite stunning doing it! She was nominated for three more AMAs on the night, so it looked like the hip-hop star was going to give the Bieber some competition.
Alternative Rock Music: Favorite Artist – Linkin Park
With almost an hour into the show, Linkin Park is awarded their 5th AMA in this category, solidifying their place once again as one of the hottest Alternative Rock band on the scene.
Soul / R&B Music: Favorite Male Artist – Usher
Well what do you know, 9:05 p.m.; Justin Bieber’s mentor, Usher, takes home his eighth AMA ever, winning for his fourth year in a row! Any chance he will take home even more awards before the evening was over?
Speaking of Usher, Bieber’s red and black outfit seemed to be the night’s theme, as Usher wore a similar ensemble.
Country Music: Favorite Male Artist – Luke Bryan
At 9:13, Luke Bryan picked up his first ever American Music Award. Congrats, Luke! His album, Tailgates & Tanlines was also nominated for an award, so is was possible for him to be a two-time winner before everything was said and done!
New Artist of the Year – Carly Rae Jepsen
Around 9:33 p.m., newcomer Carly Rae Jepsen, the fellow Canadian whose career Justin boosted to the top of the charts this past year, scored her first major award for Favorite New Artist of the Year, becoming the second first-time winner on the night.
Bieber influence and presences was now beginning to emerge as Jepsen was chosen to introduce the crooner as the night’s next performer.
And oh did the Bieber perform. He first sang a very intimate acoustic version of “As Long As You Love Me,” where he looked and sounded amazing. Justin, 18, even performed Big Sean’s part in the very romantic love song.
Justin then turned things up a notch and sang his awesome new single “Beauty And A Beat” featuring Nicki Minaj, and the two did not disappoint! Bieber played it cool as Nicki rapped about Selena! The 18-year-old singer also showed off his killer dance moves and shook up the entire Bieber Fever theater along with Minaj.
Country Music: Favorite Band, Duo or Group – Lady Antebellum
Lady Antebellum won their third AMA! at approximately 9:41. It is the third year in a row that the band had won in this category, and was followed by the:
Electronic Dance Music (EDM): Favorite Artist – David Guetta
Accepting via satellite, David Guetta, nevertheless, made a big splash being the first winner ever in this brand new AMA category.
Pop or Rock Music: Favorite Album – Justin Bieber – “Believe”
Bieber picked up his second AMA of the night at 10:13 p.m., giving him 6 total in his career! But hold up, he’s still was up for Artist of the Year, as the audience perhaps wondered; can he win all 3?
Rap / Hip-Hop Music: Favorite Artist – Nicki Minaj
The event became a two person race for the most trophies as Nicki Minaj was having a big big night. At approximately, 10:30 she picked up her second AMA of the night. It was her fourth career American Music Award.
Country Music: Favorite Album – Carrie Underwood – “Blown Away”
Carrie Underwood took home an AMA at 10:38, as she continued an incredible streak in this category. Every album she has released has won Country Music: Favorite Album!
Artist of the Year – Justin Bieber
With the suspense almost over, at 10:30 p.m. ET, He did it! A clean sweep for Justin Bieber winning his third American Music Award of the night and seventh overall. The Bieber had won in all three categories he was nominated for. Leave it to Bieber if you’re looking for a magical evening of fun and good music and looks as though that’s just what the creators of the AMA annual celebration decided to do.
I hope you enjoyed the read. Please feel free to relieve this year’s 2012 AMAs by viewing the videos below.
By D. Chandler