By Shiryn Ghermezian, EnStars | Nov 19, 2012 10:19 AM EST
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Justin Bieber won the first award of the night at the American Music Awards on Sunday and in his acceptance speech he gave a shout out to other those who thought he was a one hit wonder.
"This is for all the haters who thought I'd be around for 1, 2 years," he said on stage after accepting the award for Favorite Male Pop/Rock Artist. "I feel like I'm gonna be here for a very long time."
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He won three awards on Sunday night, giving him a total of seven AMA wins throughout his career. His final win on Sunday, and the night's most coveted award, was for Artist of the Year. He was nominated in the category alongside Drake, Maroon 5, Rihanna and Katy Perry. He brought his mom Pattie Mallette, who was also his date for the night, up on stage with his when he accepted the award and said none of it would be possible if not for her support.
"This is my mom, she's little but she's beautiful," he started off. He then went on to tell her, "I wanna thank you for, just, always believing in me."
Recently off his split from fellow singer and songwriter Selena Gomez, 18-year-old Bieber performed at the AMAs an acoustic version of "As Long As You Love Me" followed by his new hit "Beauty and a Beat" with Nicki Minaj.
The night included performances by Christina Aguilera, PSY featuring MC Hammer, Carly Rae Jepsen, Stevie Wonder, The Wanted, Pink, Taylor Swift, Chris Brown, Pitbull and Linkin Park.
Kelly Clarkson performed a medley of some of her greatest hits and Linkin Park took to the stage after winning an award for themselves on Sunday. Up for two awards on Sunday, Brown performed with Swizz Beatz and Ludacris "Everyday Birthday" in recognition of the 40th anniversary of the AMAs.
Wonder performed a medley of his hits in tribute to Dick Clark, who created the AMAs 40 years ago. He was also a longtime host of "New Year's Rockin Eve" in New York's Time Square, which Swift will perform at this year. The singer took home the award for Favorite Country Female Artist on Sunday and performed "I Knew You Were Trouble" off of her new album "Red," out in stores now.
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