Drake, Bieber Win Big at AMAs

Green Day slammed Trump, 'fascist USA'
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 21, 2016 12:04 AM CST
Drake, Bieber Win Big at AMAs
Sting, who received the AMAs' Award of Merit, performs a medley at the American Music Awards at the Microsoft Theater on Sunday in Los Angeles.   (Matt Sayles)

The 2016 American Music Awards featured a number of pop stars strumming their guitars, Drake making a rare awards show appearance, an emotional speech from Selena Gomez, and political moments about President-elect Donald Trump. Drake, who has skipped his fair share of awards shows in recent years, was the big winner with four awards and debuted a new commercial for Apple Music. "For our genre, I just like to keep things excited and keep making music," said Drake, who broke Michael Jackson's record for most AMA nominations after scoring 13. Bieber, who performed from his tour in Zurich, also won four awards, the AP reports.

Gomez, who lost artist of the year to Ariana Grande but won favorite female artist-pop/rock, thanked her fans in a heartfelt speech onstage that earned loud applause. "If you are broken, you don't have to stay broken," said Gomez, who recently took time off to treat depression and anxiety. Green Day got political during their performance of "Bang Bang" as Billie Joe Armstrong sang "No KKK, no fascist USA, no Trump." Prince's 1984 Purple Rain album won top soundtrack. His sister, Tyka Nelson, collected his trophy onstage and cried as she spoke to the audience. "We'll keep this for you at Paisley Park until we see you again," she said. Click for a full list of winners. (More American Music Awards stories.)

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