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AMAs 2011: Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj and Rihanna Among Early Winners

November 21, 2011 (1:59 am) GMT
Before handing the awards to Swift, Minaj and Riri, the 2011 American Music Awards announces Maroon 5 as the first winner of the night by giving them Favorite Pop Rock Band/Duo/Group title.
AMAs 2011: Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj and Rihanna Among Early Winners

The star-studded ceremony of 2011 American Music Awards has kicked off live from the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday, November 20 with a robot-themed performance by . The first lady teamed up with to sing "Turn Me On" before switching into "Super Bass".

The first award of the Sunday evening went to as a winner for Favorite Pop Rock Band/Duo/Group. This became the first AMA win for and his bandmates. In winning the kudo, the "Moves Like Jagger" hitmaker beat and . Levine said, "I'd also like to thank our incredible fans for making this happen."

Next, was announced by her tour opening act, , as a recipient for Favorite Country Female Artist title. It marked her victory in the category for four years in a row, but the "Mean" singer still said in her acceptance speech that the win was shocking for her. This time around, she won over and .

After , and performed, Minaj was invited to be back to the stage to collect an award for Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Artist. Being the only female nominee in the category, she pushed aside her male seniors and . Like Maroon 5, this also her first AMA win.

It took a while for the "Moment 4 Life" raptress to reach the mic due to her outfit, which consisted of long green skirt and a pair of towering heels. When she finally arrived at the podium, she gushed, "Oh my god, you guys, there's so much love in this room." She additionally gave a shout-out to Swift for being a fan of "Super Bass".

2011 AMAs proceeded by handing another coveted kudo. This time around, was called by as a winner for Favorite Soul/R&B Album, thanks to her 2010 "". She beat Breezy's "" and 's "". Unfortunately, the Barbados beauty was absent at the prize-giving event.

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