Monday, 21 November 2016 - 12:32
2016 American Music Awards kicks off as Selena Gomes, Ariana Grande and Drake bag main awards



The 2016 American Music Awards brought out the biggest names in music Sunday night at Los Angeles' Microsoft Theater.

The awards, which were co-hosted by Gigi Hadid and Jay Pharoah, were full of show stopping performances -- including John Legend's emotional performance of "Love Me Now," and Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj's racy "Side To Side" duet.

But besides the performances, it was a competitive night. Drake led the way with a record 13 nominations and brought his dad as his plus one. At the top of the show the rapper won the award for "Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Album" and gave a shout out to actress Nina Dobrev who presented him with his award.

Accepting her award for best female artist Selena Gomez said..

"I don't want to see your bodies on Instagram. I want to see what's in here. I'm not trying to get validation, nor do I need it anymore. All I can say is I'm so grateful that I have the opportunity to be able to share what I love every day with people that I love. I have to say thank you so much to my fans, because you guys are so damn loyal, and I don't know what I did to deserve you. But if you are broken, you do not have to stay broken. That's one thing you should know about me: I care about people. And this is for you."

Check out the full AMAs winners list below:

Award Of Merit


Favorite Band, Duo or Group - Pop/Rock

Twenty One Pilots

Favorite Album - Rap/Hip Hop

Drake "Views"

Favorite Artist - Electronic Dance Music

The Chainsmokers

Collaboration of the Year

Fifth Harmony Ft. Ty Dolla Sign, "Work From Home"

Favorite Country Song

Tim McGraw "Humble and Kind"

New Artist of the Year


Favorite Artist - Rap/Hip Hop


Top Soundtrack

Purple Rain

Favorite Band, Duo or Group - Country

Florida Georgia Line

Favorite Artist - Alternative Rock

Twenty One Pilots

Favorite Female Artist - Pop/Rock

Selena Gomez

Artist of the Year

Ariana Grande

Favorite Song - Rap/Hip Hop

Drake "Hotline Bling"

Favorite Male Artist - Soul/R&B

Chris Brown

Favorite Female Artist - Soul/R&B


Favorite Album - Soul/R&B

Rihanna "Anti"

Favorite Song - Soul/R&B

Rihanna "Work"

Favorite Artist Adult Contemporary


Favorite Artist Latin

Enrique Iglesias

Favorite Artist Contemporary Inspiration

Hillsong UNITED

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