Drake, Bieber win big at AMAsArchive
LOS ANGELES: 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. Bieber, who performed from his tour in Zurich, Switzerland, also won four awards.
Gomez, who lost artist of the year to Ariana Grande but won favourite female artist pop/rock, gave a heartfelt speech onstage that earned a loud applause from the audience at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.
“I think it’s safe to say that most of you know a lot of my life whether I liked it or not, and I had to stop, ‘cause I had everything, and I was absolutely broken inside. And I kept it all together to where I never let you down. But I kept it too much together where I let myself down,” said 24-year-old Gomez, who recently took time off to treat depression and anxiety.
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. “I love my husband, President Barack Obama, and our children, Sasha and Malia,” she said, scrunching up her face.
Strumming 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’. But the best singer-guitarist was Gaga, who beautifully belted the lyrics to her latest single, ‘Million Reasons’.
Other winners included Tim McGraw, the Chainsmokers and Florida Georgia Line. Rihanna, who didn’t attend, won three awards. Adele and Beyonce were also absent but both won an award. Zayn, who has won a handful of AMAs with his One Direction bandmates, took home new artist of the year.
Published in Dawn November 22nd, 2016