It’s Justin Bieber‘s world, we just live in it.
The Canadian pop sensation, 18, scored big at Sunday night’s American Music Awards held at Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, taking home three awards on the evening: favorite pop/rock male artist, album and the night’s most vaunted honor of artist of the year.
“I wanted to thank you for always believing in me,” Bieber told his mother Pattie Mallette (who joined him onstage) after receiving the award for the second time in three years, defeating musical mainstays Rihanna, Maroon 5, Katy Perry and Drake for the honors.
Bieber, after winning the pop/rock award, dedicated the honors to “all the haters who thought I was just here for one or two years.
“I feel like I’m going to be here for a very long time,” the confident singer said.
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The Monte Carlo beauty, 20, was clad in jeans and a dark top as she met her boyfriend at the theater.
Other highlights on the night included a collaboration between Korean rapper PSY and 90s rap star MC Hammer; Bieber’s mentor Usher performing a medley of his hits; and the lovelorn Taylor Swift collecting the honors for favorite country female artist for the fifth year in a row.
“This is unreal,” the We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together singer said. “I want to thank the fans. You guys are the ones who voted on this.”
FULL LIST OF WINNERS
- Artist of the Year: Justin Bieber
- Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist: Justin Bieber
- Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist: Katy Perry
- Favorite Pop/Rock Band/Duo/Group: Maroon 5
- Favorite Pop/Rock Album: Believe, Justin Bieber
- Favorite Country Female Artist: Taylor Swift
- Favorite Country Male Artist: Luke Bryan
- Favorite Country Band/Duo/Group: Lady Antebellum
- Favorite Country Album: Blown Away, Carrie Underwood
- Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Artist: Nicki Minaj
- Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Album: Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, Nicki Minaj
- Favorite Alternative Rock Music Artist: Linkin Park
- Favorite Electronic Dance Music Artist: David Guetta
- Favorite Soul/R&B Male Artist: Usher
- Favorite Soul/R&B Female Artist: Beyoncé
- Favorite Soul/R&B Album: Talk That Talk, Rihanna
- Favorite Adult Contemporary Artist: Adele
- Favorite Latin Artist: Shakira
- Favorite Adult Contemporary Inspirational Artist: tobyMac
- New Artist of the Year: Carly Rae Jepsen