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AMAs: Big Wins for Justin Bieber, Usher

Canadian teen heartthrob takes home Favorite Artist, three other awards

At Sunday night’s American Music Awards, the mop-topped Usher protégé Justin Bieber took home four trophies, besting his competitors in the Favorite Artist of the Year, Favorite Breakthrough Artist, Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist and Favorite Pop/Rock Album categories.

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While accepting his Artist of the Year award — a category in which he beat out Lady Gaga, Ke$ha, Katy Perry and Eminem — Bieber paid particular tribute to Usher, calling the “DJ Got Us Falling In Love Again” singer “my big brother.” In addition to the Bieber shout-out, Usher took home two trophies, winning Favorite Soul/R&B Male Artist and Favorite Soul/R&B Album.

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Eminem scored victories in both hip-hop categories (Favorite Male Artist and Favorite Album), while Lady Gaga won the Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist trophy and the Black Eyed Peas scored the Favorite Pop/Rock Band/Duo/Group award.

The complete list of winners:

Favorite Soundtrack Album: Glee: The Music, Volume 3

Favorite Contemporary Inspirational Artist: MercyMe

Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Male Artist: Eminem

Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Album: Eminem, Recovery

Favorite Latin Music Artist: Shakira

Favorite Country Female Artist: Taylor Swift

Favorite Country Male Artist: Brad Paisley

Favorite Country Band/Duo/Group: Lady Antebellum

Favorite Country Album: Carrie Underwood, Play On

Favorite Alternative Rock Music Artist: Muse

Favorite Adult Contemporary Music Artist: Michael Buble

Favorite Soul/R&B Female Artist: Rihanna

Favorite Soul/R&B Male Artist: Usher

Favorite Soul/R&B Album: Usher, Raymond v. Raymond

Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist: Lady Gaga

Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist: Justin Bieber

Favorite Pop/Rock Band/Duo/Group: Black Eyed Peas

Favorite Pop/Rock Album: Justin Bieber, My World 2.0

Favorite Breakthrough Artist: Justin Bieber

Favorite Artist of the Year: Justin Bieber

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