Canadian teen idol Justin Bieber swept the American Music Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday, overshadowing Eminem to take home four prizes, including artist of the year. The pop singer also won statuettes for favorite pop album, breakthrough artist and favorite male pop artist.
Eminem and country trio Lady Antebellum, who led the contenders with five nominations each, had to make do with some scraps. Eminem won a pair of prizes in the rap/hip hop field while Lady Antebellum was named best country group. R&B singer Usher, who helped discover Bieber 18 months ago, also won a pair of prizes. Michael Buble, 35, won his first-ever award, for favorite adult contemporary artist. “While you Americans are sitting getting fat, us Canadians (him and Bieber) are getting ready to take over,” he joked.