Two years after Justin Bieber swept the American Music Awards, he returned to snag three more. In fact, the show produced a slew of repeat winners on Sunday night. Consequently, only a handful of artists were able to reap their first career wins.
Bieber collected awards for Artist of the Year, Favorite Pop/Rock Male and Favorite Pop/Rock Album for “Believe,” his second full-length LP. To date, Bieber has now won seven AMAs.
Meanwhile, Nicki Minaj was the night’s other multiple winner. She won for Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Artist and Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Album (“Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded”). She won both of these categories last year for her debut album.
Past winners Usher, Beyoncé, Rihanna, Linkin Park, Adele, Shakira, Maroon 5, Lady Antebellum and Carrie Underwood all added one additional trophy to their career totals. Taylor Swift’s win for Favorite Country Female Artist marked her 11th career win.
Despite the dominance of past champs, three acts were able to win their first AMA. Carly Rae Jepsen pulled off an upset for New Artist of the Year over One Direction, which was favored to win since the boy band defeated Jepsen at the MTV Video Music Awards in September. Plus, One Direction’s sophomore album was just released last week and is expected to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.
Newcomer Luke Bryan was able to beat out Jason Aldean for Favorite Male Country Artist. Producer David Guetta won his first AMA in the newly created Electronic Dance Music: Favorite Artist category.