American Music Awards of 2012

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40th Annual American Music Awards
American Music Awards of 2012 logo
DateNovember 18, 2012
LocationMicrosoft Theater, Los Angeles, California
CountryUnited States
Most awardsJustin Bieber (3)
Most nominationsRihanna and Nicki Minaj (4 each)
WebsiteABC-American Music Award
Television/radio coverage
Runtime128 minutes
Viewership9.47 million
Produced byDick Clark Productions
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The 40th Annual American Music Awards was held on November 18, 2012 at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live 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]


Artist(s) Song(s) Ref
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"
Kesha "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"
Christina Aguilera
"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"


Winners and nominees[edit]

Artist of the Year Old Navy New Artist of the Year
Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist
Favorite Pop/Rock Band/Duo/Group Favorite Pop/Rock Album
Favorite Country Male Artist Favorite Country Female Artist
Favorite Country Band/Duo/Group Favorite Country Album
Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Artist Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Album
Favorite Soul/R&B Male Artist Favorite Soul/R&B Female Artist
Favorite Soul/R&B Album Favorite Alternative Artist
Favorite Adult Contemporary Artist Favorite Latin Artist
Favorite Contemporary Inspirational Artist Favorite Electronic Dance Music Artist


  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. ^ "Justin Bieber wins artist of the year at American Music Awards". Guardian UK. 19 November 2012. Retrieved 14 January 2013.
  5. ^ "American Music Awards 2012: Complete Winners List". MTV. 19 November 2012. Retrieved 14 January 2013.
  6. ^ "American Music Awards 2012 Performances". Entertainmentwise. 19 November 2012. Archived from the original on 27 May 2013. Retrieved 14 January 2013.