American Music Awards Praised Rihanna and Drake's 'Work'

Posted November 29, 2016

OK, this was actually a commercial for Apple Music - as was TSwift's effort - and not technically part of the show itself, but with rumors floating around about Swift and Drizzy, it was might as well have been. It was also a poignant tribute to the late singer Prince, as the influential artist's 1984 soundtrack album for the film Purple Rain won the favorite soundtrack award at the AMAs, despite its age.

Bieber, on the other hand, scored awards under the categories of Video of the Year for the hit song "Sorry", Favourite Male Artist Pop/Rock and Favourite Album Pop/Rock. He received the American Music Award of Merit, which was presented to him by Robert Downey Jr.

Alessia Cara, seen here at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards, is up for new artist of the year, running against fellow Canuck Shawn Mendes.

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And Rock And Roll Hall of Famers Green Day blasted Trump during their performance of "Bang Bang" when lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong sang a new chorus in the middle, "No KKK, no fascist USA, No Trump".

"They were respectful! I thought they were very respectful", Wahlberg said.

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Rapper Rihanna just got her talent recognized for the nth time after garnering awards from the recently concluded American Music Awards 2016. She spoke of being honest and truthful, noting, "I don't wanna see your bodies on Instagram: I wanna see what's in here".

The show's hosts - former "Saturday Night Live" comic Jay Pharaoh and model Gigi Hadid - also mentioned the Trump family when telling jokes: After Pharaoh impersonated Jay Z, Hadid acted like Melania Trump. He played "I Can't Stop Thinking About You" off his most recent album, 57th and 9th, The Police's iconic 1979 song "Message In A Bottle", and their 1983 hit "Every Breath You Take". "I had everything, but I was absolutely broken", said Gomez, who is also known for her on and off again romance with Justin Bieber for the past five years.

Sting said he owed a debt to American rock and roll, adding "While I may be an Englishman in NY, my musical soul is all American". The album won two AMAs back in 1985, when it was first released. For her part, Chrissy Teigen referred to the "f***ed up, f***ing election".

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Jay Pharoah did an impression of Trump talking about Bruno Mars, who opened the show: "I love Bruno Mars".