- Canadian rapper Drake wins his first-ever American Music Award
- Ariana Grande named artist of the year
- Green Day took aim at Donald Trump
“No Trump, no KKK, no fascist USA”
These were the re-written lyrics of Green Day’s controversial anti-gun violence single “Bang Bang”, performed at the American Music Awards.
It was the most over reference to the result of the recent US presidential election at the three-hour award show.
The focus was otherwise mostly on the music.
The American Music Awards are chosen by fans voting online.
They were created in 1973 as an alternative to the Grammys.
Best pop/rock female artist award
Pop singer Selena Gomez surprised fans by making her first major public appearance since cutting short her world tour in August to deal with panic attacks and depression.
She won the best pop/rock female artist award.
In an emotional speech, Gomez thanked her fans for their loyalty and explained why she felt the need to take a break.
“Most of you know a lot of my life, whether I like it or not. I had to stop. I had everything, but I was absolutely broken.”
#Selenators! You voted for your girl
selenagomez</a> and she is your <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/AMAs?src=hash">#AMAs</a> Favorite Female Artist - Pop/Rock! <a href="https://t.co/UnFG9yRstM">pic.twitter.com/UnFG9yRstM</a></p>— AMAs (AMAs) November 21, 2016
SelenaGomez</a> 👋.You are STUNNING! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/AMAs?src=hash">#AMAs</a> <a href="https://t.co/MVa44PulVh">pic.twitter.com/MVa44PulVh</a></p>— AMAs (AMAs) November 21, 2016
Best rap/hip-hop artist
30-year-old Drake won for his best-selling “Views”. Earlier this year, the album became the first to earn one billion streams on Apple Music.
“For our genre, I like to keep things exciting and keep making music. More like this is coming soon,” Drake said, accepting the award.
Give it up for
Drake</a> who won THREE <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/AMAs?src=hash">#AMAs</a> tonight! 👏 Congratulations! <a href="https://t.co/4LK5BRm4UX">pic.twitter.com/4LK5BRm4UX</a></p>— AMAs (AMAs) November 21, 2016
Artist of the Year
23-year-old Ariana Grande was chosen artist of the year, beating Justin Bieber, Rihanna and Gomez.
“I can’t believe this, I am shaking with nerves,” she said. “I hope I can bring joy to you and make you feel unified and happy.”
#Arianators are still rocking 'Side to Side' from— AMAs (@AMAs) November 21, 2016
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British singer Sting, who last week released his first pop/rock album in a decade, “57th and 9th”, sang a medley of his hits and was presented with an honorary award recognising his contribution to the music industry.
Sting, real name Gordon Sumner, said he owed a debt to American rock and roll, adding “While I may be an Englishman in New York, my musical soul is all-American.”
OfficialSting</a> was HONORED with the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/AMAs?src=hash">#AMAs</a> Award of Merit! A legend! <a href="https://t.co/VewjbCkbt0">pic.twitter.com/VewjbCkbt0</a></p>— AMAs (AMAs) November 21, 2016
Best New Artist
Former One Direction member Zayn Malik bested Canadian Shawn Mendes to take the best new artist trophy.
“It’s been a crazy year, I did not expect anyone to still vote for me,” Zayn said.
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Best pop/rock male artist
Justin Bieber performed “Never Give Up” via satellite from a concert in Italy.
He won awards for best pop/rock male artist, album, song and video.
Lady Gaga, Kendrick Lamar, Nicki Minaj, The Weekend, Niall Horan, James Bay and John Legend were among the dozens of other performers on the Los Angeles stage.