Justin Bieber Cleans Up at American Music Awards

Justin Bieber was the uncontested big winner at last night’s American Music Awards, taking home three prizes including Artist of the Year.

The 18-year-old also won for Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist and Favorite Pop/Rock Album for Believe at the Los Angeles ceremony, which marked the 40th anniversary of the AMAs.

“This is for all the haters who thought that maybe I was just here for one or two years,” Bieber said during his acceptance speech for the Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist Award. “I feel like I’m going to be here for a very long time.”

For his second win of the night (Favorite Pop/Rock Album), he brought his mother onstage with him.

“She’s little but she’s beautiful,” he said. “I’m just so blown away right now. Thank you for always believing in me.”

In between performances and acceptance speeches by today’s top stars, the awards show also showed footage from previous year’s performances to celebrate the 40-year birthday of the AMAs. Classic footage featured Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, N*SYNC and many more.

Other winners included Bieber’s fellow Canadian pop star, Carly Rae Jepsen, who took home the trophy for Best New Artist, thanks largely to her hit “Call Me Maybe.”

“Oh my goodness, thank you so much!” Jepsen said when accepting her award from the recently reunited Backstreet Boys. “To the fans, I am floored, thank you! Scooter, Braun, Justin Bieber – my friends, my family, my boyfriend. Thank you so, so, so, so much – wow!”

Other winners included Taylor Swift, who took home the award for Favorite Country Female Award for the fifth year in a row.

“This is unreal, and I want to thank the fans, you guys are the ones who voted on this and you have made this such an amazing couple of weeks for me with Red coming out,” she said. “I’m really happy right now and it’s all because of you.”