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Posted on Mon. Nov. 19, 2012 - 12:01 am EDT


Bieber rules AMAs, takes top award

America proved its Bieber Fever was strong: The teen singer dominated the American Music Awards on Sunday night.

Bieber’s wins included the show’s top award, artist of the year. His mom joined him onstage as he collected the trophy, beating out Rihanna, Maroon 5, Katy Perry and Drake.

“I wanted to thank you for always believing in me,” Bieber said, looking to his mother.

The 18-year-old also won the honor in 2010. He said it’s “hard growing up with everyone watching me” and asked that people continue to believe in him.

Bieber and Nicki Minaj performed together – and separately – at the AMAs and were both multiple winners.

But another collaboration was the night’s most colorful performance: Korean rapper PSY and MC Hammer. Hammer joined the buzzed-about pop star for his viral hit “Gangnam Style.”

Bieber won favorite pop/rock male artist. He also won favorite pop/rock album for “Believe.

Minaj repeated her AMAs wins from last year, picking up trophies for favorite rap/hip-hop artists and album.

For more on the awards, including the list of winners, go to

– Associated Press

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