PHOTOS: 40th Annual American Music Awards

The 40th American Music Awards - Press Room
The 40th American Music Awards - Press Room
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 18: Singer Usher poses with the Favorite Soul/R&B Male Artist award in the press room at the 40th American Music Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 18, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
The 40th American Music Awards - Press Room
The 40th American Music Awards - Press Room
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 18: Singer Carly Rae Jepsen poses in the press room at the 40th American Music Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 18, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
The 40th American Music Awards - Press Room
The 40th American Music Awards - Press Room
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 18: Actress Jenny McCarthy poses in the press room at the 40th American Music Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 18, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
The 40th American Music Awards - Press Room
The 40th American Music Awards - Press Room
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 18: Singer Brandy poses in the press room at the 40th American Music Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 18, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
The 40th American Music Awards - Press Room
The 40th American Music Awards - Press Room
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 18: Singer Carrie Underwood poses with the Favorite Country Music Album for "Blown Away" in the press room at the 40th American Music Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 18, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
The 40th American Music Awards - Press Room
The 40th American Music Awards - Press Room
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 18: Musicians MC Hammer and Psy pose in the press room at the 40th American Music Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 18, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
The 40th American Music Awards - Press Room
The 40th American Music Awards - Press Room
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 18: (L-R) Musicians Joe Hahn, Mike Shinoda, Brad Delson, Chester Bennington, Dave Farrell, and Rob Bourdon of Linkin Park pose with the Favorite Alternative Artist award in the press room at the 40th American Music Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 18, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
The 40th American Music Awards - Show
The 40th American Music Awards - Show
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 18: Singer Nathan Sykes of The Wanted performs onstage during the 40th American Music Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 18, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
The 40th American Music Awards - Show
The 40th American Music Awards - Show
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 18: (L-R) Presenters Gavin DeGraw and Colbie Caillat speak onstage during the 40th American Music Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 18, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
The 40th American Music Awards - Show
The 40th American Music Awards - Show
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 18: Singer Carly Rae Jepsen performs onstage during the 40th American Music Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 18, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
The 40th American Music Awards - Show
The 40th American Music Awards - Show
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 18: Singer Gwen Stefani of No Doubt performs onstage during the 40th American Music Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 18, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
The 40th American Music Awards - Show
The 40th American Music Awards - Show
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 18: Singer Christina Aguilera performs onstage during the 40th American Music Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 18, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
The 40th American Music Awards - Show
The 40th American Music Awards - Show
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 18: Recording artist Nicki Minaj accepts the award for Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Artist onstage during the 40th American Music Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 18, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
The 40th American Music Awards - Show
The 40th American Music Awards - Show
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 18: Musician Stevie Wonder performs onstage during the 40th American Music Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 18, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
The 40th American Music Awards - Show
The 40th American Music Awards - Show
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 18: (L-R) Singer Chris Brown and rappers Ludacris and Swizz Beatz perform onstage during the 40th American Music Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 18, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
The 40th American Music Awards - Show
The 40th American Music Awards - Show
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 18: Rapper Ludacris performs onstage during the 40th American Music Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 18, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
The 40th American Music Awards - Show
The 40th American Music Awards - Show
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 18: Singer Carrie Underwood performs onstage during the 40th American Music Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 18, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
The 40th American Music Awards - Show
The 40th American Music Awards - Show
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 18: (L-R) Musicians Dave Haywood, Hillary Scott and Charles Kelley of Lady Antebellum accept the award for Favorite Country Music Band, Duo or Group onstage during the 40th American Music Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 18, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
The 40th American Music Awards - Show
The 40th American Music Awards - Show
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 18: (L-R) Musicians Brad Delson and Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park perform onstage during the 40th American Music Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 18, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
The 40th American Music Awards - Show
The 40th American Music Awards - Show
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 18: Singer Psy performs onstage during the 40th American Music Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 18, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
The 40th American Music Awards - Show
The 40th American Music Awards - Show
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 18: Singer Justin Bieber performs onstage during the 40th American Music Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 18, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
The 40th American Music Awards - Show
The 40th American Music Awards - Show
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 18: Singer Gwen Stefani of No Doubt performs onstage during the 40th American Music Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 18, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
The 40th American Music Awards - Show
The 40th American Music Awards - Show
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 18: Singer Taylor Swift performs onstage during the 40th American Music Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 18, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
The 40th American Music Awards - Show
The 40th American Music Awards - Show
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 18: Singer Taylor Swift performs onstage during the 40th American Music Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 18, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
The 40th American Music Awards - Show
The 40th American Music Awards - Show
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 18: Rapper/singer Nicki Minaj performs onstage during the 40th American Music Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 18, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
The 40th American Music Awards - Show
The 40th American Music Awards - Show
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 18: Singer Justin Bieber accepts the award onstage at the 40th American Music Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 18, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
The 40th American Music Awards - Show
The 40th American Music Awards - Show
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 18: Singer Christina Aguilera performs onstage during the 40th American Music Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 18, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
The 40th American Music Awards - Show
The 40th American Music Awards - Show
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 18: Singer Kesha performs onstage during the 40th American Music Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 18, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
The 40th American Music Awards - Show
The 40th American Music Awards - Show
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 18: Singer Kesha performs onstage during the 40th American Music Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 18, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
The 40th American Music Awards - Show
The 40th American Music Awards - Show
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 18: Singer Kelly Clarkson performs onstage during the 40th American Music Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 18, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
The 40th American Music Awards - Show
The 40th American Music Awards - Show
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 18: Rapper/singer Nicki Minaj accepts the award for Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Album onstage during the 40th American Music Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 18, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
The 40th American Music Awards - Show
The 40th American Music Awards - Show
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 18: Singer Carly Rae Jepsen performs onstage during the 40th American Music Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 18, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
The 40th American Music Awards - Show
The 40th American Music Awards - Show
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 18: Rapper Pitbull onstage during the 40th American Music Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 18, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
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