The 2012 American Music Award Winners…

Awards, and who gets them. It’s typically the result of a complex game of lobbying, jockeying, and honestly, who can show up that night to accept.  But the American Music Awards (AMAs) are a bit simpler than the Grammys, and way poppier.  And with that, here are the winners of the latest AMA derby, hosted Sunday night at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.

Artist of the Year: Justin Bieber

New Artist of the Year: Carly Rae Jepsen

Pop/Rock Female Artist: Katy Perry

Pop/Rock Male Artist: Justin Bieber

Pop/Rock Band, Duo or Group: Maroon 5

Pop/Rock Album: Justin Bieber, “Believe”

Country Female Artist: Taylor Swift

Country Male Artist: Luke Bryan

Country Band, Duo or Group: Lady Antebellum

Country Album: Carrie Underwood, “Blown Away”

Rap/Hip-Hop Artist: Nicki Minaj

Rap/Hip-Hop Album: Nicki Minaj, “Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded”

Soul/R&B Female Artist: Beyonce

Soul/R&B Male Artist: Usher

Soul/R&B Album: Rihanna, “Talk That Talk”

Alternative Rock Artist: Linkin Park

Adult Contemporary Artist: Adele

Latin Artist: Shakira

Contemporary Inspirational Artist: TobyMac

Electronic Dance Music Artist: David Guetta

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