Justin Bieber accepts for Favorite Pop Rock Album at the 40th Anniversary of the American Music Awards at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, CA on Sunday,
Justin Bieber accepts for Favorite Pop Rock Album at the 40th Anniversary of the American Music Awards at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, CA on Sunday, November 18, 2012. (Andy Holzman/Staff Photographer)

A Spectacular 40th Anniversary American Music Awards show was presented Sunday night at the Nokia theater LA LIVE which featured a star-studded lineup of presenters and performers.


Winning big was Justin Bieber,who received ARTIST OF THE YEAR,FAVORITE MALE ARTIST - POP/ROCK, and FAVORITE ALBUM - POP/ROCK Justin Bieber / "Believe".


Bieber thanked his fans, "This is for the haters who thought maybe I was only here for one or two years, but I feel like I'm going to be here for a very long time."


Justin Bieber took home three awards, Nicki Minaj won two,RAP-HIP HOP ALBUM PINK FRIDAY, and ROMAN RELOADED, and Linkin Park, Carrie Underwood, and Katy Perry all won at the 40th Anniversary American Music Awards show.

Carrie Underwood accepts for Favorite Country Music Album at the 40th Anniversary of the American Music Awards at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, CA on
Carrie Underwood accepts for Favorite Country Music Album at the 40th Anniversary of the American Music Awards at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, CA on Sunday, November 18, 2012. (Andy Holzman/Staff Photographer)

The 40th annual show kicked off with none other than Usher, who brought the stage to life performing a medley of "Numb," "Climax," and "Can't Stop, Won't Stop."


Pitbull had one of the sexiest performances of the night. Complete with dancers and lots of lights, the entertainer gave the fans his best side while hoping he might take an award home during the 40th Anniversary of the American Music Awards.


Also presenting a sexy performance was Chris Brown, Swizt Beatz, and Ludacris rocked the house with an electro dance music performance,"Everyday is their birthday" at the Nokia Theatre in honor of the AMAs 40th ceremony.


2012 American Music Awards performers also included Carly Rae Jepsen, The Wanted,Carrie Underwood, Ke$ha ,No Doubt,Taylor Swift,Nicki Minaj, Christina Aguilera, and Pitbull.


Singer Stevie Wonder and Ryan Seacrest paid tribute to 'America's oldest teenager,' the late Dick Clark, at the 40th annual American Music Awards on Nov. 18. Stevie performed a medley of hit songs including "My Cherie Amour," "You Are The Sunshine Of My Life" and "Sir Duke,".

Pitbull performs at the 40th Anniversary of the American Music Awards at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, CA on Sunday, November 18, 2012. (Andy
Pitbull performs at the 40th Anniversary of the American Music Awards at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, CA on Sunday, November 18, 2012. (Andy Holzman/Staff Photographer)

Ryan Seacrest said some touching words of tribute to his "mentor." Ryan had previously said of Dick, "He was a mentor, friend and a wonderful advocate for popular music." He admitted that he "was in awe of his star quality" and that Dick "loved the power of music."


The show ended with Korean sensation PSY who closed out the 2012 American Music Awards with a performance of his hit 'Gangnam Style'. He was joined on stage by surprise guest MC Hammer for a special mash-up of 'Gangnam Style' and 'Too Legit To Quit'.


For the first time in AMAs history, 2012 marked the introduction of a new electronic dance music category. David Guetta beat out Calvin Harris and Skrillex to bring home the prize.


2012 AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS WINNERS

ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Justin Bieber

NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Carly Rae Jepsen

FAVORITE POP/ROCK MALE ARTIST
Justin Bieber

FAVORITE POP/ROCK FEMALE ARTIST
Katy Perry

FAVORITE POP/ROCK BAND, DUO OR GROUP
Maroon 5

FAVORITE POP/ROCK ALBUM
Justin Bieber / "Believe"

FAVORITE COUNTRY MALE ARTIST
Luke Bryan

FAVORITE COUNTRY FEMALE ARTIST
Taylor Swift

FAVORITE COUNTRY MUSIC BAND, DUO or GROUP
Lady Antebellum

Singer Stevie Wonder performs at the 40th Anniversary of the American Music Awards at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, CA on Sunday, November 18, 2012.
Singer Stevie Wonder performs at the 40th Anniversary of the American Music Awards at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, CA on Sunday, November 18, 2012. (Andy Holzman/Staff Photographer)

FAVORITE COUNTRY MUSIC ALBUM
Carrie Underwood/ "Blown Away"

FAVORITE RAP/HIP-HOP ARTIST
Nicki Minaj

FAVORITE RAP/HIP-HOP ALBUM
Nicki Minaj/ "Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded"

FAVORITE MALE ARTIST SOUL/R&B
Usher

FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST SOUL/R&B
Beyonce

FAVORITE SOUL/R&B ALBUM
Rihanna/Talk That Talk

FAVORITE ALTERNATIVE ROCK ARTIST
Linkin Park

FAVORITE ADULT CONTEMPORARY ARTIST
Adele

FAVORITE LATIN MUSIC ARTIST
Shakira

FAVORITE CONTEMPORARY INSPIRATIONAL ARTIST
tobyMac

MC Hammer, left, and PSY perform at the 40th Anniversary of the American Music Awards at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, CA on Sunday, November 18, 2012.
MC Hammer, left, and PSY perform at the 40th Anniversary of the American Music Awards at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, CA on Sunday, November 18, 2012. (Andy Holzman/Staff Photographer)

ELECTRONIC DANCE MUSIC (EDM) FAVORITE ARTIST -
David Guetta