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Justin Bieber wins four American Music Awards

Justin Bieber

Story by Jack Foley

TEEN music sensation Justin Bieber has won four prizes at the American Music Awards.

The 16-year-old was named artist of the year, and also took home trophies for best pop album (for My World 2.0), best pop male and breakthrough artist.

Ironically, he beat Usher – whose record label he is signed to – in the artist of the year category, as well as Eminem, Katy Perry and Lady Gaga.

And acknowledging as much afterwards, he said that he had “been singing Eminem since I was three and Usher is my mentor – so this is big”.

Eminem had led the field with five nods alongside country band Lady Antebellum – but he only won two awards, for best male hip-hop artist and hip-hop album, for Recovery.

Usher, meanwhile, won best male R&B singer and the R&B album award for Raymond v Raymond.

Lady Antebellum took home one award, for best country band… as did Taylor Swift, who won favourite female country artist.

There was also an award for British band Muse, who won the alternative rock prize.

Further prizes went to the Black Eyed Peas, who won best pop band, Rihanna, who took home the award for favourite female R&B/soul artist, Michael Buble, who won best contemporary artist, and Shakira, who was named favourite Latin music artist.

The American Music Awards ceremony was held at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles and included performances from the Black Eyed Peas, Taylor Swift, a pregnant Pink (who performed Raise Your Glass), Kid Rock, Katy Perry uand Ke$ha.

The winners are determined by fan votes.

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