Singer Nicki Minaj performs onstage at the 2011 American Music Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on Nov. 20, 2011 in Los Angeles

*Taylor Swift and Adele tied with three wins at the American Music Awards, but the event belonged to the country superstar after she beat the soulful crooner, as well as Lady Gaga, Katy Perry and Lil Wayne, to win artist of the year, the ceremony’s highest accolade, which the 21-year-old singer-songwriter previously claimed in 2009.

Adele had been the night’s leading nominee with four bids, but the soulful singer didn’t have much of a presence during the show: She was absent from the ceremony because she is recovering from recent throat surgery. Adele tied Swift with three awards, nabbing favorite pop/rock female artist, adult contemporary artist and pop/rock album for “21.”

Bruno Mars, winner of Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist Award, poses in the press room at the 2011 American Music Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on Nov. 20, 2011 in Los Angeles

Other winners included Maroon 5 as favorite pop-rock band/duo/group, Beyonce as favorite soul/R&B female artist, Bruno Mars as pop/rock male artist, Foo Fighters as favorite alternative rock artist, Rihanna for favorite soul/R&B album for “Loud,” Hot Chelle Rae as new artist of the year and Lady Antebellum as favorite country band/duo/group.

Singers Robin Thicke and Ellie Goulding present Favorite Soul/R&B Female Artist to Beyonce via video onstage at the 2011 American Music Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on Nov. 20, 2011 in Los Angeles

Mary J. Blige poses in the press room at the 2011 American Music Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on Nov. 20, 2011 in Los Angeles

Below, the complete list of winners at Sunday’s 39th annual American Music Awards, presented at the Nokia Theatre:

— Adult Contemporary Artist: Adele

— Alternative Rock Artist: Foo Fighters

— Contemporary Inspirational Artist: Casting Crowns

— Country Female Artist: Taylor Swift

— Country Male Artist: Blake Shelton

— Country Band, Duo or Group: Lady Antebellum

— Country Album: Taylor Swift, “Speak Now”

— Latin Music Artist: Jennifer Lopez

— Pop/Rock Female Artist: Adele

— Pop/Rock Male Artist: Bruno Mars

— Pop/Rock Band, Duo or Group: Maroon 5

— Pop/Rock Album: Adele, “21”

— Rap/Hip-Hop Artist: Nicki Minaj

— Rap/Hip-Hop Album: Nicki Minaj, “Pink Friday”

— Soul/R&B Female Artist: Beyonce

— Soul/R&B Male Artist: Usher

— Soul/R&B Album: Rihanna, “Loud.”

— Artist of the Year: Taylor Swift

— New Artist of the Year: Hot Chelle Rae

Nicki Minaj, winner of Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Artist and Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Album poses in the press room at the 2011 American Music Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on Nov. 20, 2011 in Los Angeles

Jennifer Lopez, winner of Favorite Latin Artist Award, poses in the press room at the 2011 American Music Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on Nov. 20, 2011 in Los Angeles

Christopher Brian Bridges "Ludacris" (fashion detail) poses in the press room at the 2011 American Music Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on Nov. 20, 2011 in Los Angeles

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Singer/songwriter Robin Thicke poses in the press room at the 2011 American Music Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on Nov. 20, 2011 in Los Angeles