Justin Bieber was the big winner at Sunday's American Music Awards, taking home four awards including Favorite Artist of the Year. Which isn't too surprising — the AMAs are determined by fan voting, and if Twitter's trending topic list is any indication, Bieber's online fanbase is extremely dedicated (to put it mildly).
In addition to taking home all the awards, Bieber symbolized two of the evening's common threads: Teen idols' years-long domination of the pop world and musicians' overarching desire to help America break out of its doldrums, economic and otherwise. Bieber dedicated his Favorite Artist of the Year award to his mentor Usher, who when handed the mic reminded the audience that his performing career had spanned 18 years, even though he's only 32. The night was capped off by a performance by the combined New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys, who tore through a medley of their biggest hits as a way of previewing their forthcoming tour.Read More »from Bieber Rules AMAs, But Kid Rock and Pink Steal Show