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Gallery: American Music Awards

Justin Bieber swept the American Music Awards, topping strong competition from Rihanna and Nicki Minaj.

The American Music Award nominees and winners are voted online by fans, and the awards are handed out during a live three-hour broadcast featuring performances by artists.

Justin Bieber performs "Beauty and a Beat" at the 40th American Music Awards in Los Angeles. Photo: ReutersMembers of rock band Linkin Park arrive at the 40th American Music Awards in Los Angeles, California. Photo: ReutersHip hop artist Sean Kingston arrives with his mother, Janice Turner, at the 40th American Music Awards in Los Angeles, California. Photo: ReutersSinger Cyndi Lauper blows a kiss as she arrives at the 40th American Music Awards in Los Angeles. Photo: ReutersSinger Kesha displays her jewelry as she arrives at the 40th American Music Awards in Los Angeles. Photo: ReutersSinger Kesha arrives at the 40th American Music Awards in Los Angeles, California. Photo: ReutersSingers Jordin Sparks and Jason Derulo arrive at the 40th American Music Awards in Los Angeles. Photo: ReutersPop star Carly Rae Jepsen arrives at the 40th American Music Awards in Los Angeles. Photo: ReutersModel Heidi Klum waves as she arrives at the 40th American Music Awards in Los Angeles, California. Photo: ReutersActress Jenny McCarthy arrives at the 40th American Music Awards in Los Angeles, California. Photo: ReutersThe Backstreet Boys arrive at the 40th American Music Awards in Los Angeles, California. Photo: ReutersSouth Korean rapper Psy poses as he arrives at the 40th American Music Awards in Los Angeles, California. Photo: ReutersSinger Pink and her husband Carey Hart arrive at the 40th American Music Awards in Los Angeles, California. Photo: ReutersSouth Korean rapper Psy arrives at the 40th American Music Awards in Los Angeles, California. Photo: ReutersPop star Justin Bieber arrives at the 40th American Music Awards in Los Angeles, California. Photo: ReutersRapper Nicki Minaj arrives at the 40th American Music Awards in Los Angeles. Photo: ReutersUsher performs a medley of songs at the 40th American Music Awards in Los Angeles, California. Photo: ReutersUsher performs at the 40th American Music Awards in Los Angeles, California. Photo: ReutersJustin Bieber accepts the award for favorite pop/rock male at the 40th American Music Awards in Los Angeles. Photo: ReutersSinger Carly Rae Jepson performs at the 40th American Music Awards in Los Angeles. Photo: ReutersActor Eric Stonestreet, from the sitcom "Modern Family," presents the award for favorite country female artist to Taylor Swift at the 40th American Music Awards in Los Angeles. Photo: ReutersKelly Clarkson performs a medley of songs at the 40th American Music Awards in Los Angeles. Photo: ReutersKesha performs "Die Young" at the 40th American Music Awards in Los Angeles, California. Photo: ReutersKe$ha performs "Die Young" at the 40th American Music Awards in Los Angeles, California. Photo: ReutersNicki Minaj accepts the award for favorite rap hip hop album for "Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded" at the 40th American Music Awards in Los Angeles. Photo: ReutersKesha performs "Die Young" at the 40th American Music Awards in Los Angeles, California. Photo: ReutersGwen Stefani of No Doubt performs "Looking Hot" at the 40th American Music Awards in Los Angeles, California. Photo: ReutersUsher accepts the award for favorite soul R&B mail artist at the 40th American Music Awards in Los Angeles. Photo: ReutersNicki Minaj performs "Freedom" at the 40th American Music Awards in Los Angeles. Photo: ReutersChester Bennington of Linkin Park performs "Burn It Down" at the 40th American Music Awards in Los Angeles, California. Photo: ReutersNicki Minaj performs "Freedom" at the 40th American Music Awards in Los Angeles, California. Photo: ReutersPink performs "Try" at the 40th American Music Awards in Los Angeles, California. Photo: ReutersPink performs "Try" at the 40th American Music Awards in Los Angeles, California. Photo: ReutersCarly Rae Jepsen accepts the award for new artist of the year from presenters The Backstreet Boys at the 40th American Music Awards in Los Angeles. Photo: ReutersJustin Bieber performs "Beauty and a Beat" at the 40th American Music Awards in Los Angeles, California. Photo: ReutersJustin Bieber performs "Beauty and a Beat" with Nicki Minaj at the 40th American Music Awards in Los Angeles, California. Photo: ReutersLady Antebellum accept the award for favorite country band duo or group at the 40th American Music Awards in Los Angeles. Photo: ReutersSouth Korean rapper Psy performs "Gangnam Style" with MC Hammer (2nd from L) at the 40th American Music Awards in Los Angeles. Photo: ReutersChristina Aguilera performs at the 40th American Music Awards in Los Angeles, California. Photo: ReutersChristina Aguilera performs at the 40th American Music Awards in Los Angeles, California. Photo: ReutersJustin BieberPitbull performs "Don't Stop the Party" at the 40th American Music Awards in Los Angeles, California. Photo: ReutersA memorial to the late singer Whitney Houston is held at the 40th American Music Awards in Los Angeles, California. Photo: ReutersJustin Bieber accepts the award for artist of the year with his mother Pattie Mallette at the 40th American Music Awards in Los Angeles. Photo: ReutersSouth Korean rapper Psy performs "Gangnam Style" at the 40th American Music Awards in Los Angeles, California. Photo: ReutersSouth Korean rapper Psy performs "Gangnam Style" with MC Hammer at the 40th American Music Awards in Los Angeles, California. Photo: Reuters

R&B singer Rihanna, 24, and rapper Minaj, 29, led the nominees going into Sunday's awards with four apiece.

Minaj won favorite rap/hip hop artist and rap/hip hop album of the year for "Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded." The singer, known for her extravagant on-stage performances, sang her latest hit "Freedom" in a winter wonderland-themed set.

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