The 2011 American Music Awards (AMAs) went down on Sunday night (November 20) from Los Angeles, and at the end of the evening, it was Nicki Minaj who went home with the awards in the Rap/Hip-Hop categories, while young Taylor Swift walked away with the night’s biggest honor — Artist of the Year.
Minaj went home with awards for Favorite Artist (Rap/Hip-Hop), and Favorite Album (Rap/Hip-Hop) for her platinum debut, Pink Friday.
Swift presented Nicki Minaj with the Favorite Album award, which beat out Jay-Z and Kanye West’s Watch the Throne and her label head Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter IV.
The YMCMB First lady was visibly shaken upon accepting the honor.
“This one could actually make me cry,” said an emotional Nicki. “I can’t believe this is happening. Again, I have to thank God and I have to thank Lil Wayne because without him, I would not be here.”
When accepting the Favorite Artist award, she said: “There’s so much love in this room. I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for this love. I didn’t think I would win it. There’s power in your peace — hold your peace.”
Other winners included Rihanna, who took home Favorite Soul/R&B Album for last year’s LOUD, edging out Chris Brown’s F.A.M.E. and Beyoncé’s 4; Usher took home Favorite Male Artist (R&B, Soul); and Beyonce won the Favorte Female Artist honors (R&B, Soul).
“AMAs, thank you very, very much for Favorite R&B Solo Female Artist,” Beyonce said, who was not present, but accepted the award via a recorded video. “I’m so excited about this award because it was voted by all of my fans and I have the best fans in the world. You’re actually the only people I want to thank.”
Minaj and David Guetta kicked off the 39th annual show, which also featured performances from Drake, Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Mary J. Blige, Pitbull, Ludacris, LMFAO, and more.
50 Cent, Jennifer Hudson, Bruno Mars, Sean Kingston, John Legend, and Lionel Richie were among the presenters.
Below is a list of the 2011 AMA winners:
POP or ROCK MUSIC
Favorite Male Artist – Bruno Mars
Favorite Female Artist – Adele
Favorite Band, Duo or Group – Maroon 5
Favorite Album – Adele – 21
Favorite Male Artist – Blake Shelton
Favorite Female Artist – Taylor Swift
Favorite Band, Duo or Group – Lady Antebellum
Favorite Album – Taylor Swift – Speak Now
Favorite Artist – Nicki Minaj
Favorite Album – Nicki Minaj – Pink Friday
SOUL/RHYTHM & BLUES MUSIC
Favorite Male Artist – Usher
Favorite Female Artist – Beyoncé
Favorite Album – Rihanna – LOUD
ALTERNATIVE ROCK MUSIC
Favorite Artist – Foo Fighters
ADULT CONTEMPORARY MUSIC
Favorite Artist – Adele
Favorite Artist – Jennifer Lopez
Favorite Artist – Casting Crowns
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