The 40th Anniversary American Music Awards aired Sunday night on ABC. Artists were honored in the categories of pop/rock, country, rap/hip-hop, soul/R&B, alternative, adult contemporary, Latin, contemporary inspirational and - for the first year ever - electronic dance music.
Winners at the 2012 40th Anniversary American Music Awards:
Artist of the Year
Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist
Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist
Favorite Pop/Rock Band, Duo or Group
Favorite Pop/Rock Album
Justin Bieber - "Believe"
Favorite Country Music Male Artist
Favorite Country Music Female Artist
Favorite Country Music Band, Duo or Group
Favorite Country Music Album
Carrie Underwood - "Blown Away"
Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Artist
Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Album
Nicki Minaj - "Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded"
Favorite Soul/R&B Male Artist
Favorite Soul/R&B Female Artist
Favorite Soul/R&B Album
Rihanna - "Talk That Talk"
Favorite Alternative Rock Artist
Favorite Adult Contemporary Artist
Favorite Latin Music Artist
Favorite Contemporary Inspirational Artist
Electronic Dance Music: Favorite Artist
New Artist of the Year
Carly Rae Jepsen
The 40th Anniversary American Music Awards was produced by dick clark productions.
ABC's broadcast of The 40th Anniversary American Music Awards was the dominant, No. 1 non-sports net from 8 to 11 p.m. among Adults 18-49, towering over CBS by 55 percent and Fox by 70 percent. In addition, the AMAs telecast won its three-hour time period over "Sunday Night Football" across all key Women (W18-34/W18-49/W25-54), Teens 12-17 and Kids 2-11. It was the No. 1 TV show of the night with Women 18-34, Women 18-49 and Teens 12-17.
•Despite the substantial competition during primetime, ABC marked Sunday night season highs with coverage of the 2012 AMAs among Total Viewers and Adults 18-49. The show scored ABC's highest numbers in the time period since the Emmy Awards on Sept. 23
•An estimated 25 million viewers watched at least some portion of The 40th Anniversary American Music Awards on ABC during its three-hour broadcast - unduplicated Viewers 2+ watching 6 minutes or more of the broadcast.