Justin Bieber may be Canadian, but he was the all-American boy at the American Music Awards.
The pop singer dominated the weekend awards show, winning three trophies, including artist of the year. His mom joined him onstage as he collected the award, beating out Rihanna, Maroon 5, Katy Perry and Drake.
"I wanted to thank you for always believing in me," Bieber said, looking to his mom.
The 18-year-old also won the honor in 2010. He said it's "hard growing up with everyone watching me" and asked that people continue to believe in him.
But the teenager who brought his mom as a date also got in some grinding with Nicki Minaj -- who shared the stage with him and took home two awards -- and a kiss on the neck from presenter Jenny McCarthy.
"Wow. I feel violated right now," he said, laughing.