Monday 19 February 2018

Bieber bags four AMA gongs

Justin Bieber was the top winner at Sunday night's American Music Awards, capturing four trophies including favourite artist.

The 16-year-old teen heartthrob captured every award he was nominated for, beating a list that featured veterans Eminem and Usher as well as Katy Perry and Lady Gaga.

Bieber became the youngest person to ever win the trophy. Bieber also won favourite pop/rock album, favorite pop/rock male, and the show's breakthrough artist award.

"I can't stop smiling, this is amazing," Bieber said after he also beat Eminem and Usher for favourite pop/rock male.

Eminem, along with Lady Antebellum, had been the leading nominee with five awards. He didn't come away empty handed though, winning two, along with Usher, who also nabbed a pair. Lady Antebellum took home one.

Other winners included Black Eyed Peas and Taylor Swift, but Sunday's ceremony at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles was as much a showcase for acts with new albums as it was a celebration of the biggest achievers of 2010.

Rihanna, with her hair dyed a ruby red, gave the show a colourful start, performing a medley of songs from her new album Loud.

The Black Eyed Peas, winners for favourite pop/rock band, gave a levitating performance, singing from boxes on the stage during part of their performance of their new single, The Time.

But some of the prime-time performances were given to acts who weren't nominated, but had albums to promote. Diddy's latest incarnation with the group Diddy-Dirty Money sang material from their forthcoming album, while Kid Rock gave a stirring, acoustic performance of Times Like These.

A pregnant Pink was among the evening's performance highlights. Unlike recent performances marked by a high-wire act, she stayed close to thrill with a tightly choreographed, high-energy dance number.

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