Here Are the Best and Worst Moments at the 2016 AMAs
Hosted by Gigi Hadid and Jay Pharoah, the 2016 American Music Awards took place yesterday, November 20th, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. The Chainsmokers were the big EDM winners of the night, taking home the award for Favorite Electronic Dance Music Artist and beating out Calvin Harris and Major Lazer. Ariana Grande won Artist of the Year while Drake and Zayn also took home big awards. Check out all the highlights - from best moments to worst - in the full review from Billboard's Joe Lynch.This article originally appeared on Billboard
You gotta give it up to the American Music Awards. We've seen a lot of award shows this year, but the 2016 AMAs were an extremely eventful broadcast, filled with political moments, candid acceptance speeches and knockout performances. From the debut of Drake's Apple ad to Green Day's attack on Trump to incredible performances from The Weeknd, Twenty One Pilots and more, the highlights far outweighed the low points... but there were a couple of those, too.
Below, here's our 13 best and three worst moments of the 2016 AMAs.
Fifth Harmony brought the stylish post-apocalyptic vibes to the AMAs with a set that brought to mind Mad Max melded with a New York City back alley. "That's My Girl," whose honking horns recall "Worth It," is an immediately likable R&B dance banger, and the group's complicated choreography was ridiculously on point.
Drake Referencing Degrassi in His First-Ever AMA Win Acceptance Speech
Introduced in part by Nina Dobrev, Drake noted that the former Vampire Diaries star also appeared on Degrassi: The Next Generation back in the day. May the Degrassi solidarity never die.
"Treat You Better" and "Mercy" aren't exactly hard-rocking songs, but Mendes attacked both of them with as much energy as Travis Barker banging away on his drum kit during "Closer." Sensitive boys with guitars are everywhere these days, but Mendes truly stands apart from the pack by virtue of being a committed live performer -- and that occasional up-all-night husk in his voice really pushes his live performances to the next level.
Walking through a futuristic corridor that looked like it was imported from Superman's home planet of Krypton, the Weeknd sang the hell out of "Starboy," nailing the falsetto and the sensual, mysterious vibe of the song...