2016 American Music Awards top moments and winners


— 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.

“Thank you very much. Me and Nina were on ‘Degrassi’ together by the way,” he said. “I really want to thank everybody who helped me make this album … I want to thank the city of Toronto, and of course I want to thank the fans and my parents. My dad’s here tonight.”

Drake also debuted a new Apple commercial during the show, which featured him working out and lip syncing to Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood.”

A sentimental moment came when Prince’s sister, Tyka Nelson, took the stage to accept the award for “Best Soundtrack” for “Purple Rain” on behalf of her brother. There wasn’t a dry eye in the audience as she gave an emotional speech.

“Prince defied the odds, a Black teen from Minneapolis with a goal to electrify the world. He had the courage to be different,” Nelson said. “With his vision and god-given talent, he is still one of the world’s most respected and loved artists.”

Another major moment of the night was when actor Robert Downey Jr. presented Sting with the American Music Awards’ “Award of Merit.” The singer had the audience on their feet as he sang a medley of his greatest hits.

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