Recap of The 2011 American Music Awards

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(Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

(Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

It was ladies’ night at the 2011 American Music Awards on Sunday night.

[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Nicki Minaj[/lastfm]and Taylor Swift walked away with multiple awards, while Adele, Beyoncé and Jennifer Lopez dominated their respective categories and Katy Perry went home with a special achievement award. So yes, girls rule.

[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Nicki Minaj[/lastfm]and Taylor Swift walked away with multiple awards, while Adele, Beyoncé and Jennifer Lopez dominated their respective categories and Katy Perry went home with a special achievement award. So yes, girls rule.

But the big question is: Who won Artist of the Year? Swift!

Minaj opened the show with a performance of her hit song “SuperBass”, and after winning Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Artist Minaj actually gave a shout-out to Swift for her support.

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[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Katy Perry[/lastfm] received an achievement award for being the first female artist to have five No. 1 singles from a single album (Teenage Dream). The singer, who rocked pink hair, performed her new hit single, “The One That Got Away.”

“It’s been up and down and just exciting and overwhelming and so many things,” said [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Jennifer Lopez[/lastfm]—who performed twice during the show—after winning the award for favorite Latin Music Artist.

Justin Bieber walked the red carpet with his girlfriend Selena Gomez, performed his holiday single “Under the Mistletoe” and wore his signature skintight animal-print pants to join [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]LMFAO [/lastfm]onstage when they closed the show with “Party Rock Anthem.”

Also joining the band on stage? David Hasslehoff!!!! What a way to end the night!

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Notable Winners at the 2011 AMAs:

ARTIST OF THE YEAR

• Taylor Swift

POP/ROCK

• Male Artist: Bruno Mars

• Female Artist: Adele

• Band, Duo or Group: Maroon 5

• Album: Adele, 21

SOUL/R&B

• Male Artist: Usher

• Female Artist: Beyonce

• Album: Rihanna, Loud

RAP/HIP-HOP

• Artist: Nicki Minaj

• Album: Nicki Minaj, Pink Friday

Here are some of the hottest performances!

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