Two thousand and sixteen has been an incredible year in music so it’s no surprise that the American Music Awards on Nov. 20 had some seriously memorable moments! From Justin Bieber to Niall Horan the show was full of amazing performances and much much more. HollywoodLife.com has rounded up the hottest highlights on music’s big night for you right here!
For starters, how incredible were Gigi Hadid, 21, and Jay Pharoah, 29, in their American Music Awards hosting debut? They absolutely crushed the opening with Jay’s hysterical jokes, Gigi’s jaw dropping skin-tight red dress and even a spot on Melania Trump, 46, impression. But they weren’t the only ones who made us take notice as Niall Horan, 23, Shawn Mendes, 18, The Weeknd, 26, and others gave some amazing performances. Take a look at the best, the worst and the most incredible moments of the night in our incredible gallery, and then tell us which one was your favorite!
Bruno Mars, 31, kicked things off with the first performance of the night with his amazing new tune, “24K Magic”. The crowd, filled with music’s elite, ate up every moment of it as Bruno showed off his incredible singing and dancing skills.
We were happy to see rock music get some respect right off the bat as Twenty One Pilots won the first award of the night for Favorite Duo or Group — Pop/Rock. Not only that but it was great to see Octavia Spencer, Janelle Spencer and Nicki Minaj present the award. In a sweet acceptance speech, the guys thanked their loyal fans — in case they never won another award. Didn’t take long for that to happen though as they won for favorite Alternative Artist later in the night. They weren’t alone in the rocker category though as Green Day and the iconic Sting, 65, both gave performances making us nostalgic for the 80’s and 90’s. The former Police frontman was also honored with the Award Of Merit for his incredible career. Truly a legend!
Next up, Niall Horan, 23, gave a memorizing performance of his hit, “This Town.” Playing an acoustic guitar on a circular carpet, and looking hotter than we have ever seen, Niall’s sweet song clearly touched many in the audience. Wouldn’t it be a shock if he became the biggest star to come out of the One Direction? One person clearly impressed was a glowing Selena Gomez, 24, who gave him a big hug after he came off stage.
Fifth Harmony got the crowd up on their feet as they absolutely slayed their performance of “That’s My Girl”. Writhing all over the stage the girls definitely turned up the heat during a rainy night at the Microsoft Theater in LA. The group went on to win Collaboration Of The Year for their hit “Work” with Ty Dollar Sign.
Julianne Hough and Nina Dobrev brought some serious glam to the show presenting Favorite Rap/Hip Hop Album to Drake, 30, for Views. It was the first AMA for Drizzy, who reminisced about being on Degrassi with Nina before giving a touching acceptance speech thanking his parents and the city of Toronto. He also took home Favorite Rap Hip hop Artist of the year. That was followed up with a very cool performance of “Closer” by the The Chainsmokers and Halsey featuring Travis Barker. They even had Ariana Grande on her feet dancing and singing along. The Chainsmokers went on to win Favorite EDM Artist giving a ridiculously profanity laced speech.
Shawn Mendes got the girls in the audience, including the gorgeous, Camila Cabello, 19, swooning as he crushed his performance of Treat You Better and Mercy. She even “blew kisses to him” as he walked off stage reveals a source at the awards EXCLUSIVELY to HollywoodLife.com. “She was very smitten.” If this guys career was any hotter he would literally burst into flames.
The Weeknd wasn’t about to be outdone though giving a terrific performance(Duh) of “Starboy” in what looked to be a futuristic, shiny tunnel. Gigi, whose sister Bella Hadid recently split with The Weeknd, may have been the only one in the crowd not loving the song.
Ariana Grande, 23, and Nicki Minaj, 33, might have given the performance of the night with their mega hit, “Side To Side.” Ari was grinding with shirtless, sweaty dancers while Nicki made some NSFW moves all while singing and rapping. It was a show stopping moment for everyone watching. Ariana even took home artist of the year with the nights last award!
Jay brought some more humor to the show poking fun at Taylor Swift’s Apple Music commercial, recreating the famous tripping on the treadmill scene himself while sporting a blond bob wig. Not bad but it was quickly outdone with Drake’s own funny spot, capturing him lifting weight in the gym while listening to “Bad Blood”. Unfortunately, Drake tried to lift more weight than he could handle, hysterically dropping them to the floor.
Zayn Malik, 23, thrilled the crowd taking home the award for New Artist Of The Year. The 1D boys may not have liked his acceptance speech and his subtly diss, but Gigi sure was impressed, giving him a sweet kiss on the lips backstage immediately after. It must have been the adorable couple section of the show because Chrissy Teigen then introduced hubby John Legend as he performed “Let Me Love You”.
What would the AMAs be without Justin Bieber, 22? He gave an inspired performance of “Let Me Love You” via satelite feed from Switzerland. He was incredible giving his fans on both continents a big thrill.He even showed off a new “Son Of God” tattoo across his abdomen. If that wasn’t enough Lady Gaga, 30, followed that up with a gripping, stripped down performance of her hit “Million Reasons”. Just amazing!
But the moment of the night has to be Selena’s emotional speech after winning Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist. The singer who has reportedly been in rehab for the past 3 months candidly revealed she had felt “broken” and had to get help. It was shockingly honest and truly inspiring.
What an incredible show! HollywoodLifers, what was your favorite moment of the 2016 American Music Awards?