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American Music Awards: Justin Beiber wins big and brings Mom (+video)

American Music Awards: Justin Beiber (favorite pop/rock male artist), Nick Minaj (favorite rap/hip-hop artist), and Taylor Swift (favorite country female artist). Other American Music Awards winners included Carly Rae Jepsen (favorite new artist) and Carrie Underwood (favorite country album).

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Justin Bieber may be Canadian, but he was the all-American boy at Sunday night's American Music Awards.

The pop singer dominated the awards show, winning three trophies, including artist of the year. His mom joined him onstage as he collected the award, beating out Rihanna, Maroon 5, Katy Perry and Drake.

"I wanted to thank you for always believing in me," Bieber said, looking to his mom.

The 18-year-old also won the honor in 2010. He said it's "hard growing up with everyone watching me" and asked that people continue to believe in him.

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But the teenager who brought his mom as a date (not Selena Gomez) also got in some grinding with Nicki Minaj — who shared the stage with him and took home two awards — and a kiss on the neck from presenter Jenny McCarthy.

"Wow. I feel violated right now," he said, laughing.

"I did grab his butt," McCarthy said backstage. "I couldn't help it. He was just so delicious. So little. I wanted to tear his head off and eat it."

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