“The 40th Anniversary American Music Awards” felt like a blast from the past with Gloria Estefan and Cyndi Lauper taking the stage, a tribute medley by Stevie Wonder and a command performance by none other than M.C. Hammer.
But it was the youth of today who walked away with the awards.
Justin Bieber won favorite pop/rock male artist and favorite pop/rock album for “Believe,” while Taylor Swift took home favorite country female for the fifth year in a row.
Nicki Minaj walked away with two awards — favorite rap/hip hop artist and favorite rap/hip hop album for “Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded.”
Linkin Park won favorite alternative rock artist, while Luke Bryan nabbed the honor for male country artist. Usher, who opened the show by dancing on a treadmill, took the male artist award in the soul/R&B category.
And new artist of the year, unsurprisingly, went to Carly Rae Jepsen.
The American Music Awards 2012 complete winners list:
ARTIST OF THE YEAR
NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Carly Rae Jepsen
FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – POP/ROCK
FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – POP/ROCK
FAVORITE BAND, DUO OR GROUP – POP/ROCK
FAVORITE ALBUM – POP/ROCK
Justin Bieber, “Believe”
FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – COUNTRY
FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – COUNTRY
FAVORITE BAND, DUO or GROUP – COUNTRY
FAVORITE ALBUM – COUNTRY
Carrie Underwood, “Blown Away”
FAVORITE ARTIST – RAP/HIP-HOP
FAVORITE ALBUM – RAP/HIP-HOP
Nicki Minaj, “Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded”
FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – SOUL/R&B
FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – SOUL/R&B
FAVORITE ALBUM – SOUL/R&B
Rihanna, “Talk That Talk”
FAVORITE ARTIST – ALTERNATIVE ROCK
FAVORITE ARTIST – ADULT CONTEMPORARY
FAVORITE ARTIST – LATIN
FAVORITE ARTIST – CONTEMPORARY INSPIRATIONAL
FAVORITE ARTIST – ELECTRONIC DANCE MUSIC (EDM)