Show-stopping performances and emotional speeches flooded the American Music Awards (AMAs) 2016 held on Sunday, Nov. 20 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Selena Gomez made an emotional, post-rehab speech, Green Day took a political stand against Donald Trump, while Drake made a shoutout to Nina Dobrev.
"Thank you very much. Me and Nina were on 'Degrassi' together... we've come a long way," Drake said. He also thanked everyone who helped in his album including his fans and his parents. The 30-year-old rapper broke the AMAs record with a total of 13 nominations this 2016.
Green Day took their political stand to the AMAs stage with their "Bang Bang Bang" performance chanting "No Trump, no KKK, no fascist USA!" Meanwhile, Gigi Hadid made an impersonation of Melania Trump's speech to the Republican National Committee (which she allegedly plagiarized from Michelle Obama's speech) while making duckface and speaking in an Eastern European accent.
Prince's sister, Tyka Nelson, accepted the Best Soundtrack Award for "Purple Rain" in her brother's stead and gave a tear-jerking speech. Another emotional speech came from Selena Gomez who made her first public appearance after rehab. "Most of you knew a lot of my life whether I liked it or not and I had to stop because I had everything and I was absolutely broken inside," she said. Lady Gaga was shown tearing up as she spoke.
Hadid's co-host Jay Pharoah mimicked Taylor Swift's Apple Music commercial complete with a treadmill prop before presenting Drake's new Apple Music commercial. Other unforgettable performances were Justin Bieber's "Let Me Love You" performance in casual clothes which made the audience tear up. Lady Gaga's rendition of "Million Reasons," and Sting's "I Can't Stop Thinking About You," "Message in a Bottle" and "Every Breath You Take."
Below is the full list of 2016 AMAs winners according to their official page:
- Artist of the Year: Ariana Grande
- New Artist of the Year Un-leashed by T-Mobile: Zayn
- Collaboration of the Year: Fifth Harmony Featuring Ty Dolla $ign "Work From Home"
- Tour of the Year: Beyonce
- Video of the Year: Justin Bieber, "Sorry"
- Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist: Justin Bieber
- Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist: Selena Gomez
- Favorite Pop/Rock Duo or Group: Twenty One Pilots
- Favorite Pop/Rock Album: "Purpose," Justin Bieber
- Favorite Pop/Rock Song: Justin Bieber, "Love Yourself"
- Favorite Country Male Artist: Blake Shelton
- Favorite Country Female Artist: Carrie Underwood
- Favorite Country Duo or Group: Florida Georgia Line
- Favorite Country Album: "Storyteller," Carrie Underwood
- Favorite Country Song: Tim McGraw, "Humble and Kind"
- Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Artist: Drake
- Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Album: Drake, "Views"
- Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Song: Drake, "Hotline Bling"
- Favorite Soul/R&B Male Artist: Chris Brown
- Favorite Soul/R&B Female Artist: Rihanna
- Favorite Soul/R&B Album: Rihanna, "Anti"
- Favorite Soul/R&B Song: Rihanna feat. Drake, "Work"
- Favorite Alternative Rock Artist: Twenty One Pilots
- Favorite Adult Contemporary Artist: Adele
- Favorite Latin Artist: Enrique Iglesias
- Favorite Contemporary Inspirational Artist: Hillsong UNITED
- Favorite Electronic Dance Music Artist: The Chainsmokers
- Best Soundtrack: "Purple Rain," Prince
- Award of Merit Sting
The AMAs is a yearly American music awards show which started in 1973. The winners are based on online voting through AMAs official website.