Photo gallery: 2012 American Music Awards
Published: November 20, 2012 01:54PM
Updated: November 19, 2012 08:38AM
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Nathan Sykes of The Wanted performs at the 40th Annual American Music Awards on Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

Justin Beiber, Nicki Minaj and Taylor Swift won honors at Sunday night’s American Music Awards.

Beiber won favorite pop/rock male artist in the first award handed out and gave a shout-out to those who didn’t think he would last on the music scene.

Taylor Swift won her fifth consecutive award for favorite country female artist.

Nicki Minaj was also a consecutive winner, picking up her second trophy for favorite rap/hip-hop album for “Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded.”

Usher kicked off the three-hour show with green laser lights beaming onstage as he performed a medley of songs, including “Numb,” ‘’Climax” and “Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop.”