American Music Awards of 2012

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40th Annual American Music Awards
Date November 18, 2012
Location Nokia Theatre L.A. Live, Los Angeles, California
Country United States
Most awards Justin Bieber (3)
Most nominations Rihanna and Nicki Minaj (4 each)
Website ABC-American Music Award
Television/radio coverage
Network ABC
Runtime 180 minutes
Produced by Dick Clark Productions

The 40th Annual American Music Awards was held on November 18, 2012 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, the awards recognized the most popular artists and albums from the year 2012. It was broadcast live on ABC,[1] the nominees were announced on October 9, 2012 by Christina Aguilera. This year included a brand new category, Electronic Dance Music.[2] Justin Bieber won all three of his nominations, and of each of their four nominations, Nicki Minaj won two, and Rihanna one. Katy Perry won one of her 2 nominations, whereas Adele and Taylor Swift each won the award for which they were nominated.[3][4][5][6]



Artist(s) Song(s)
Usher "Numb"
"Can't Stop Won't Stop"
Carly Rae Jepsen "This Kiss"
"Call Me Maybe"
The Wanted "I Found You"
Kelly Clarkson "Miss Independent"
"Since U Been Gone"
"Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)"
"Catch My Breath"
Ke$ha "Die Young"
No Doubt "Looking Hot"
Taylor Swift "I Knew You Were Trouble"
Linkin Park "Burn It Down"
Nicki Minaj "Freedom"
P!nk "Try"
Justin Bieber
Nicki Minaj
"As Long As You Love Me"
"Beauty and a Beat"
Christina Aguilera
"Lotus Intro"
"Army of Me"
"Let There Be Love"
"Don't Stop The Party"
"Feel This Moment"
Carrie Underwood "Two Black Cadillacs"
Swizz Beatz
Chris Brown
"Everyday Birthday"
Stevie Wonder Tribute to Dick Clark:
"Master Blaster (Jammin')"
"My Cherie Amour"
"Sir Duke"
MC Hammer
"Gangnam Style"
"2 Legit 2 Quit"


Nominees and winners[edit]

Justin Bieber won three awards, including Artist of the Year
Taylor Swift, wearing a strapless dress, looks directly at the camera. Her hair is tied back, with a few curly tendrils loose
Taylor Swift won the Favorite Country Female Artist Award for the 5th Consecutive Year
Nicki Minaj received four nominations, and won two of them
  • Winners are highlighted in bold.
Artist of the Year Old Navy New Artist of the Year

Blue ribbon Justin Bieber

Blue ribbon Carly Rae Jepsen

Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist

Blue ribbon Justin Bieber

Blue ribbon Katy Perry

Favorite Pop/Rock Band/Duo/Group Favorite Pop/Rock Album

Blue ribbon Maroon 5

Blue ribbon Believe - Justin Bieber

Favorite Country Male Artist Favorite Country Female Artist

Blue ribbon Luke Bryan

Blue ribbon Taylor Swift

Favorite Country Band/Duo/Group Favorite Country Album

Blue ribbon Lady Antebellum

Blue ribbon Blown Away - Carrie Underwood

Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Artist Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Album

Blue ribbon Nicki Minaj

Blue ribbon Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded - Nicki Minaj

Favorite Soul/R&B Male Artist Favorite Soul/R&B Female Artist

Blue ribbon Usher

Blue ribbon Beyoncé

Favorite Soul/R&B Album Favorite Alternative Artist

Blue ribbon Talk That Talk - Rihanna

Blue ribbon Linkin Park

Favorite Adult Contemporary Artist Favorite Latin Artist

Blue ribbon Adele

Blue ribbon Shakira

Favorite Contemporary Inspirational Artist Favorite Electronic Dance Music

Blue ribbon tobyMac

Blue ribbon David Guetta


  1. ^ "American Music Awards". Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE. Archived from the original on July 26, 2012. Retrieved July 24, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Christina Aguilera To Announce AMAS Nominations". October 6, 2012. Archived from the original on October 11, 2012. Retrieved October 7, 2012. 
  3. ^ Dove, Steve (November 18, 2012). "The Winners of The 40th Anniversary American Music Awards". Archived from the original on November 21, 2012. Retrieved November 19, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Divas in dis-dress: Nicki Minaj and Christina Aguilera top list for worst outfits at American Music Awards". Daily Mail. 19 November 2012. Retrieved 14 January 2013. 
  5. ^ "Justin Bieber wins artist of the year at American Music Awards". Guardian UK. 19 November 2012. Retrieved 14 January 2013. 
  6. ^ "American Music Awards 2012: Complete Winners List". MTV. 19 November 2012. Retrieved 14 January 2013. 
  7. ^ "American Music Awards 2012 Performances". Entertainmentwise. 19 November 2012. Archived from the original on 27 May 2013. Retrieved 14 January 2013.