Justin Bieber was the star of the night and took home several prizes including the show’s top award, artist of the year.
Nicki Minaj also was a multiple winner, taking awards for favorite rap/hip hop album for Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded and favorite rap/hip hop artist.
She and Rihanna went into the ceremony with the most nominations – four each. Rihanna, who was on tour and did not attend, won an award for favorite soul/R&B album for Talk That Talk.
The night’s performances were nothing short of spectacular. also own the broadcast. Usher kicked off the night of performances with his Looking 4 Myself medley featuring, “Numb,” “Can’t Stop Won’t Stop” and “Climax.” Nicki Minaj, Swizz Beatz, Chris Brown and Ludacris also turned in great live sets much to the joy of the attending audience, but it was PSY who stole the show. The Korean artist closed the show with a performance of his viral sensation “Gangnam Style,” and was joined on stage by surprise guest MC Hammer. Watch the frenzy unfold below.
PSY (With Special Guest MC Hammer) – Gangnam Style (Live 2012 American Music Awards)
Swizz Beatz, Chris Brown & Ludacris – Everyday Birthday (Live 2012 American Music Awards)
Nicki Minaj – Freedom (Live 2012 American Music Awards)
Usher – Medley (Live 2012 American Music Award)