The 40th annual American Music Awards took place on November 18 and the top names in the industry were in attendance to perform and take home recognition awards. CBS News reports newly single Justin Bieber had a big night as did artists like Taylor Swift and Nicki Minaj.
Bieber was honored with the most important award of the night, Favorite Artist of the Year, beating out other big name performers like Rihanna, Katy Perry and Drake. Bieber, who recently broke up with longtime love Selena Gomez, honored another lady in his acceptance speech, his mother Patti. Bieber even pulled her onstage to thank her face to face.
"This is my mom," Bieber told the audience, according to the news outlet. "She's little, but she's beautiful. I wanted to thank you for always believing in me."
Bieber, who also won in the Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist category, addressed his "haters" in his speech.
"I want to say this is for all the haters who thought that I was just here for one or two years. I feel like I'm going to be here for a very long time," Bieber said proudly, according to the news outlet.
Other winners of the night included rapper Nicki Minaj, who took home trophies in the Favorite Rap/Hip Hop Album and Favorite Rap/Hip Hop Artist categories. Rihanna won in the Favorite Soul/R&B Album category, while Taylor Swift took home her fifth consecutive award for Favorite Country Female Artist – she beat out Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood.
"This is unreal. I want to thank the fans," Swift told the crowd, according to the publication. "You guys are the ones who voted on this."
"Call Me Maybe" crooner Carly Rae Jepsen was honored with one of the most special awards of the night, New Artist of the Year. She was able to beat out some stiff competition including boy band One Direction, indie rocker Gotye and rapper J. Cole.
Aside from the awards, fans also got to take in some fabulous live performances. Taylor Swift performed her latest single "I Knew You Were Trouble," while a pantsless Ke$ha performed her party anthem "Die Young." Despite the girl power, the highlight of the night for many came from internet sensation Psy, who performed his hit "Gangnam Style" alongside rapper MC Hammer.