Justin Bieber gave an emotional thank you to his mom, Pattie Mallette, who stood on stage with the pop star as he accepted Artist of the Year, his third award of the evening, at the culmination of the 40th annual American Music Awards Sunday in Los Angeles.
The Biebs, who brought his mother along as his date for the show, took home the first and the last award of the night, (Favorite Pop/Rock Album and Artist of the Year, respectively) as well as Favorite Pop/Rock Album for Believe.
Fierce & Fabulous: The 2012 AMA Red Carpet
Nipping at his heels with two wins this year, Nicki Minaj nabbed the awards for favorite rap/hip hop album (Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded) and favorite rap/hip hop artist.
The big-winning twosome also graced the stage to sing (once with each other) hits from their current albums. Taylor Swift, Christina Aguilera, No Doubt, Usher, Carly Rae Jepsen, Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson, and Pink also made the night memorable with elaborate, theatrical performances.
Recently departed Dick Clark, who created the show forty years ago, was honored by Stevie Wonder with a variety of songs. Whitney Houston was also fondly remembered by singer Brandy, who introduced a brief tribute to the late artist.
Here's a rundown of all the winners honored at the 40th annual American Music Awards tonight:
Artist of the year: Justin Bieber
New artist of the year: Carly Rae Jepsen
Pop/rock female artist: Katy Perry
Country female artist: Taylor Swift
Pop/rock male artist: Justin Bieber
Pop/rock band, duo or group: Maroon 5
Country male artist: Luke Bryan
Country band, duo or group: Lady Antebellum
Soul/R&B male artist: Usher
Soul/R&B female artist: Beyonce
Alternative rock artist: Linkin Park
Adult contemporary artist: Adele
Artist, Latin: Shakira
Artist, electronic dance music: David Guetta
Artist, contemporary inspirational: tobyMac
Rap/hip-hop artist: Nicki Minaj
Pop/rock album: Justin Bieber, "Believe''
Rap/hip-hop album: Nicki Minaj, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded
Country album: Carrie Underwood, Blown Away
Soul/R&B album: Rihanna, "Talk That Talk''