2011 AMAs Winners: Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj Win Big

It's a girl-power night for music as the men are mostly shut out of the winner's circle.

Johnny Firecloudby Johnny Firecloud

Taylor Swift continued her reign in the music world Sunday night at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles, where the young songstress walked away with the night's top honor of Artist of the Year. She also won Favorite Country Female Artist, while her Speak Now album won Favorite Country Album.

Adele earned two awards including Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist, but skipped the ceremony as she’s recovering from recent throat surgery.

Katy Perry earned a special achievement award for being the first female pop artist with five No. 1 hit singles off one album – Teenage Dream.

Nicki Minaj, backed by French DJ David Guetta, performed her hit "SuperBass" in a metallic outfit that had two large speakers on her butt. At one point, she plugged herself into a fake electrical outlet on the front of her costume, crossing the divide between performance and surrealism.

The show also featured performances from Drake, Katy Perry, Daughtry, Enrique Iglesias with Ludacris, Lil Jon, will.i.am, Mary J. Blige, The Band Perry, David Guetta, Drake, Pitbull, Maroon 5 and last year's Artist of the Year, Justin Bieber, singing his new Christmas song “Under The Mistletoe”.

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Winners of the 2011 AMAs:

FAVORITE GROUP

Maroon 5

FAVORITE FEMALE COUNTRY ARTIST

Taylor Swift

FAVORITE HIP HOP ARTIST

Nicki Minaj

FAVORITE SOUL/R&B ALBUM

Rihanna – “Loud”

FAVORITE COUNTRY BAND

Lady Antebellum

FAVORITE HIP HOP ALBUM

Nicki Minaj – “Pink Friday”

NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Hot Chelle Rae

FAVORITE LATIN ARTIST

Jennifer Lopez

FAVORITE SOUL/R&B FEMALE ARTIST

Beyonce

FAVORITE POP/ROCK MALE ARTIST

Bruno Mars

FAVORITE COUNTRY ALBUM

Taylor Swift – “Speak Now”

FAVORITE POP/ROCK ALBUM

Adele – “21″

ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Taylor Swift