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Justin Bieber Named Artist of the Year at 40th Anniversary American Music Awards

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So what if the big closing number of the 40th Anniversary edition of the American Music Awards was a song sung in Korean, and the big winner was Canadian?  The fan-voted awards show, which aired Sunday night on ABC, still managed to pack a year’s worth of hit songs in every genre into one blowout, three-hour telecast.

Justin Bieber was the night’s big winner, in more ways than one.  He took home the most prestigious award, Artist of the Year, as well as two additional trophies: Favorite Pop/Male Artist and Favorite Pop/Rock Album.  He also performed two songs “As Long as You Love Me” and “Beauty & a Beat”  and saw Carly Rae Jepsen, the fellow Canadian whose career he boosted to the top of the charts this past year, score her first major award for Favorite New Artist of the Year.  On top of that, Justin’s mentor, Usher, opened the show and took home his 8th AMA, for Favorite Soul/R&B Male Artist.

At the podium for the first time, a defiant Justin announced, “This is for all the haters who thought that I was just here for maybe one or two years. I feel like I’m gonna be here for a very long time.”  At the end of the evening, the overwhelmed singer brought his date for the night, his mom Patti, up onstage, and told his fans, “As long as you guys keep believing in me, I will always make you proud.”

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