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.

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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