Fresh off performances from Drake, LMFAO, Mary J Blige, and more, 2011 American Music Award winners have been announced. Among those with top wins are Beyonce, Usher, Bruno Mars, Jennifer Lopez, Nicki Minaj and Rihanna !
Dominating the Soul/R&B fields, which included nominations for Jennifer Hudson and Kelly Rowalnd, Beyonce and Rihanna emerged as winners.
“Thank you very very much for Favorite Soul/R&B female artist,” Beyonce said via a pre-taped message accepting her sole win for Favorite Soul/R&B Female Artist. “I have the best fans in the world. I love you guys.”
Also absent from the celebration of music, Rihanna accepted her award via a pre-taped message.
“Thank you so much this means alot to me to win this award,” said Rihanna.
Jennifer Lopez also emerged victorious Sunday, not only performing twice during the show, but winning Favorite Latin Artist.
Shocked, Lopez told fans she didn’t expect to win anything.
“I didn’t expect to win. First, I want to thank God. It’s been a really amazing year. It’s been up and down. Exciting and overwhelming. I’m just grateful for all of my blessings,” said Lopez (American Idol). “I want to thank my family. My beautiful babies, who inspire me. I want to thank Benny Medina. My creative soul mate….. Gracias. I Love you. Thank you.”
While Lopez’s win was a big moment, Nicki Minaj stole the night with two major wins.
Winning both Favorite Rap/Hip Hop Artist and Rap/Hip Hop Album, Minaj topped names including Jay Z and Kanye West.
“I can’t believe this is happening,” said Minaj. “Again, I have to thank God and I have to thank Lil wayne because without him I would not be here…. chase your dreams. I never thought this would be possible. Shot out to all the female rappers past, present and future.”
See a complete list of winners below.
The 2011 American Music Awards aired Sunday, November 20 on ABC.
Pop/Rock Female Artist: Adele
Pop/Rock Male Artist: Bruno Mars
Pop/Rock Band, Duo or Group: Maroon 5
Pop/Rock Album: Adele, “21”
Rap/Hip-Hop Artist: Nicki Minaj
Rap/Hip-Hop Album: Nicki Minaj, “Pink Friday”
Soul/R&B Female Artist: Beyonce
Soul/R&B Male Artist: Usher
Soul/R&B Album: Rihanna, “Loud.”
Artist of the Year: Taylor Swift
New Artist of the Year: Hot Chelle Rae
Adult Contemporary Artist: Adele
Alternative Rock Artist: Foo Fighters
Contemporary Inspirational Artist: Casting Crowns
Country Female Artist: Taylor Swift
Country Male Artist: Blake Shelton
Country Band, Duo or Group: Lady Antebellum
Country Album: Taylor Swift, “Speak Now”
Latin Music Artist: Jennifer Lopez