LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 18: (L-R) Singer Justin Bieber accepts the award for Favorite Pop/Rock Album from Jenny McCarthy onstage during the 40th American Music Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 18, 2012 in Los Angeles, …
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JUSTIN BIEBER stunned the American Music Awards and his mother in Los Angeles on Sunday night (18Nov12) when he was named Artist of the Year.
The Baby hitmaker had already claimed the night's first trophy for Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist and the Favorite Pop/Rock Album prize when his name was called as will.i.am presented the ceremony's last category.
Dragging his reluctant mom Pattie Mallette up onstage with him, the pop superstar said, "This is my mom, she's little but she's beautiful... I wanna thank you for just always believing in me... This is amazing."
He also addressed the drama swirling around his personal life amid reports he and longtime girlfriend Selena Gomez have split up, telling fans, "As long as you guys keep believing in me... I wanna always make you proud."
Bieber also got a surprise smooch from Jenny McCarthy. The LA Times reports it happened after she announced him as the winner in the rock/pop album of the year category.
The Times said McCarthy later explained her behavior to Entertainment Tonight:
"It was a little cougar scary," she said, "but I took the opportunity in the window, considering I'll never get to do it again, and kind of molested him."
The wptv web team contributed to this report
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