Everything that happened at the American Music Awards

2016-11-21 08:08
Gigi Hadid, Jay Pharoah

Los Angeles - Drake, who has skipped his fair share of awards shows in recent years, shined at the 2016 American Music Awards, winning three trophies and debuting a new commercial for Apple Music.

The rapper, who was the leading nominee, won Favorite Artist in Rap/Hip-Hop and Favorite Album in Rap/Hip-Hop for Views on Sunday. He was nominated twice in the category, and he broke Michael Jackson's record for most AMA nominations after scoring 13 nominations.

"Thank you very much. Me and Nina were on Degrassi together by the way," he said to actress Nina Dobrev, who presented him the award.

"I really want to thank everybody who helped me make this album ... I want to thank the city of Toronto, and of course I want to thank the fans and my parents. My dad's here tonight."

american music awards, drake

He also debuted a funny commercial of him singing Taylor Swift's Bad Blood while working out — which comes after she was in an Apple Music commercial singing his song Jumpman while running on the treadmill.

Watch the ad here:

Drake watched the many performances at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles, even dancing while the Weeknd sang his latest hit, Starboy. The Weeknd was just one of the big pop stars who was performing and promoting new music. His album will be released a day after Thanksgiving.

Bruno Mars kicked off the AMAs with some serious uptown funk: He sang his groovy hit, 24K Magic, backed by his band who matched his slick, upbeat dance moves. The song is Mars' latest smash single after the success of last year's Uptown Funk and is from his new project released on Friday. Others are also promoting new albums, including Lady Gaga, Sting and Green Day.

american music awards, bruno mars

Men strumming their guitars while singing was one of the night's themes: One Direction's Niall Horan slowed things down for his acoustic-folk solo single, This Town, James Bay sang his smoky single, Let It Go and Shawn Mendes performed his hit Treat You Better and switched to piano for the aching Mercy.

american music awards, niall horan

Women in the audience sang along to those performances, and they were even rowdier when Fifth Harmony hit the stage. The crowd was excited as the girl group danced and whipped their long hair back and forth to their latest single, That's My Girl.

They won collaboration of the year for Work from Home with rapper Ty Dolla $ign.

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Ariana Grande was steamy during her performance of the reggae-tinged Side to Side: Her background dancers danced closely on her, and one male dancer even pulled up her skirt during the performance. She was joined by Nicki Minaj, who rapped from a chair, and spread her legs widely during the performance.

Grande won the top prize of the night — Artist of the Year. She competed with Justin Bieber, Rihanna, Selena Gomez and Carrie Underwood.

american music awards, ariana grande

Former Saturday Night Live comic Jay Pharaoh, who is hosting the show with model Gigi Hadid, impersonated Drake in funny form on the red carpet ahead of the show.

Inside, they poked fun at politics, Kanye West and others. After Pharaoh impersonated Jay Z, Hadid acted like Melania Trump.

"I love my husband, president Barack Obama, and our children, Sasha and Malia," she said, scrunching up her face.

Pharaoh later sang in the list of performers' names in the style of the viral #UNameItChallenge, a result of an online remix of gospel singer Shirley Caesar's sermon, Hold My Mule.

american music awards, gigi hadid

Twenty one pilots won Favorite Duo or Group in Pop/Rock, taking home the first award of the night.

"We're not really used to this top of stuff, so thanks for bearing with us," bandmate Tyler Joseph said onstage. "We want to thank one particular group ... we want to say to our fans, 'You guys change our lives.'"

american music awards, twenty one pilots

Though the mood was happy inside, outside was different: It was uncharacteristically rainy and gray day in the Los Angeles. Though the red carpet area was covered with a tent, the carpet itself is soaked and some starlets are shivering.

Sting, who performed a medley of his hits, receivee the American Music Award of Merit.

Adele and Beyoncé also scored multiple nominations, and Prince, who died earlier this year, earned a nomination won for Top Soundtrack with Purple Rain. The 1984 album, which gained new attention after his death in April, will competed with Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Suicide Squad: The Album.

Here is a full winners list:

Artist of the Year
Ariana Grande

New Artist of the Year Un-Leashed By T-Mobile

Collaboration of the Year
Fifth Harmony Featuring Ty Dolla $ign, “Work From Home”

Tour of the Year

Video of the Year
Justin Bieber “Sorry” 

Favourite Male Artist – Pop/Rock
Justin Bieber

Favourite Female Artist – Pop/Rock
Selena Gomez 

Favourite Duo Or Group – Pop/Rock
Twenty One Pilots

Favourite Album – Pop/Rock
Justin Bieber, Purpose

Favourite Song- Pop/Rock
Justin Bieber, “Love Yourself” 

Favourite Male Artist – Country
Blake Shelton 

Favourite Female Artist – Country
Carrie Underwood

Favourite Duo or Group – Country
Florida Georgia Line 

Favourite Album - Country
Carrie Underwood, Storyteller  

Favourite Song - Country
Tim McGraw, “Humble And Kind” 

Favourite Artist – Rap/Hip-Hop

Favourite Album – Rap/Hip-Hop
Drake, Views 

Favourite Song – Rap/Hip-Hop
Drake, “Hotline Bling” 

Favourite Male Artist – Soul/R&B
Chris Brown

Favourite Female Artist – Soul/R&B

Favourite Album – Soul/R&B
Rihanna, Anti

Favourite Song – Soul/R&B
Rihanna Featuring Drake, “Work” 

Favourite Artist - Alternative Rock
Twenty One Pilots 

Favourite Artist - Adult Contemporary

Favourite Artist - Latin
Enrique Iglesias 

Favourite Artist - Contemporary Inspirational
Hillsong UNITED 

Favourite Artist - Electronic Dance Music (Edm)
The Chainsmokers 

Top Soundtrack
Purple Rain

(Photos: AP, Getty Images)

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