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Highlights From the 2016 AMAs


In the spirit of award shows, the American Music Awards were jam-packed with musical performances and celebrities. Hosted by Saturday Night Live comedian Jay Pharoah and model Gigi Hadid, there were several exciting and moving moments during the show. Here are some of the top highlights from the 2016 AMAs.

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Bruno Mars Performs “24k Magic”
Bruno Mars opened the show by performing his recent hit “24k Magic.” The upbeat song that’s been blasting out of all of our radios for the past few weeks was the perfect way to kick off the ceremony. Bruno Mars always gets everyone feeling pumped up and excited, so he was the perfect first performance. It was great to see the crowd singing and dancing along with Bruno Mars to start off the night.
Political Talk
In the wake of the recent election, tonight’s award show held no shortage of political talk. It seemed almost every new speaker who took the stage had some political remark to make. Many of the artists used the show as a chance to relay messages of hope and encouragement, which was nice to see. There were many political jokes made as well throughout the night. Although many of the comments were funny and relatable, the political talk did seem a little overdone. It, at times, seemed to take away from the actual music.
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The Weeknd Performs “Starboy”
The Weeknd delivered a great performance of his hit single, “Starboy.” The performance was fascinating as it looked as though The Weeknd was standing inside a diamond while he performed.
Taylor Swift and Drake’s Apple Music Commercials
Both Taylor Swift and Drake’s Apple Music commercials were shown during the AMAs. Swifts showed her running on the treadmill while singing along to Drake before she gets too into it and goes flying off. They then showed Drake’s commercial, where he is working out lifting weights and singing along to Swift’s “Bad Blood” before he gets distracted and falls off his bench press. Both commercials were hysterical.
John Legend Performs “Love Me Now”
Introduced by his wife, Chrissy Teigen, John Legend gave a moving performance of his song, “Love Me Now.” The performance was accompanied by a montage of people embracing each other.
Honoring Prince
The award for Top Soundtrack was given to Prince’s Purple Rain. This was actually the third American Music Award the album had received. On behalf of Prince, his sister Tyka Nelson accepted the award for him. She delivered a moving speech in which she said, “He is still one of the world’s most respected and loved artists, but what he told me was he wanted to be known as the world’s most prolific songwriters, and with 984 titles to his credit and counting, he has done just that. In the words of Prince, ‘With love, honor, and respect for every living thing in the universe, separation ceases. And we all become one being, singing one song.’ On behalf of Prince, our wonderful friend, teacher and brother, I humbly accept this award.”


Selena Gomez Wins Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist
Selena Gomez hands down delivered the best acceptance speech of the night. The speech was heartbreakingly honest about the difficulties she has faced as a result of being in the public eye and how she was had to fight to overcome these. It was honest and brave. She said, “Most of you knew a lot of my life whether I liked it or not and I had to stop because I had everything and I was absolutely broken inside…I don’t want to see your bodies on Instagram. I want to see what’s in here … If you are broken, you do not have to stay broken.”
Award of Merit – Sting
Sting was presented the Award of Merit tonight for his lifetime achievement in music. Introduced by Robert Downy Jr., Sting sang a medley of some of his most popular hits.


Lady Gaga Performs “Million Reasons”
Veering away from her typical over-the-top award show performances, Lady Gaga sang her hit single “Million Reasons” from her new album, Joanne. The slow tempoed song allowed Gaga to give a beautifully moving performance featuring her in a simple black, western-style dress, no shoes, and playing her guitar. It was definitely one of the best performances of the night.
Maroon 5 and Kendrick Lamar perform “Don’t Wanna Know”
Maroon 5 and Kendrick Lamar were there to close out the show his the catchy and upbeat hit “Don’t Wanna Know.” They couldn’t have chose a better song and performance to close out the show with. It was a great and exciting way to finish off the night. Both Maroon 5 and Kendrick Lamar delivered and incredible performance of the song.
Below is a list of all the winners of the night:
Pop Rock Duo or Group: Twenty One Pilots
Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Album: Drake – Views
Favorite Artist – Electronic Dance Music: The Chainsmokers
Favorite Country Song: Tim McGraw – “Humble and Kind”
New Artist of the Year Un-leashed by T-Mobile: Zayn
Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Artist: Drake
Best Soundtrack: Prince – Purple Rain
Favorite Country Duo or Group: Florida Georgia Line
Favorite Alternative Rock Artist: Twenty One Pilots
Award of Merit: Sting
Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist: Selena Gomez
Artist of the Year: Ariana Grande
Tour of the Year: Beyonce
Video of the Year: Justin Bieber – “Sorry”
Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist: Justin Bieber
Favorite Album Pop/Rock: Justin Bieber – Purpose
Favorite Song – Pop/Rock: Justin Bieber – “Love Yourself”
Favorite Male Artist – Country: Blake Shelton
Favorite Female Artist – Country: Carrie Underwood
Favorite Country Album: Carrie Underwood – Storyteller
Favorite Hip-Hop/Rap Song: Drake – “Hotline Bling”
Favorite Male Artist – Soul/R&B: Chris Brown
Favorite Album – Soul/R&B: Rihanna – Anti
Favorite Song – Soul/R&B: Rihanna feat. Drake – “Work”
Favorite Artist – Adult Contemporary: Adele
Favorite Artist – Latin: Enrique Iglesias
Favorite Artist – Contemporary Inspirational: Hillsong UNITED
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Top 7 Highlights and Winners of the 2015 AMAs


This year, the American Music Awards were hosted by Jennifer Lopez at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Music award shows always get me hyped up because I’m one of those people who will have never cared to listen to a given song until hearing it live, and then only listen to that song for the next month. If you happened to miss the live show, we have the highlights and winners for you here at Cliché Magazine. So when all your friends are buzzing about all the nitty gritty details, you won’t have to awkwardly remain silent or blurt out that Taylor Swift’s performance was your favorite because spoiler alert: she wasn’t there. Don’t worry though, we got you covered with the Top 7 highlights and winners of the 2015 AMAs.


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  1. That Time J.Lo tried to be humble

Jennifer Lopez kicked off the show with “Waiting For Tonight,” putting the audience’s applause to a halt when she said that this night wasn’t about her. I guess we’ll just have to agree to disagree on that one because she slayed the performance like no one else could have ever done. In reality, it’s J.Lo’s world and we’re all just living in it. Cutting this melody short, she moved on to perform a medley of a variety of this year’s hit songs including, “Uptown Funk,” “Anaconda,” “Bad Blood,” and more! As always, Jenny from the Block danced her butt off! (But on a serious note, how does her butt not fall off with the amount of booty shaking that she does? The world will never know.)


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  1. Meghan Trainor Made Out with Charlie Puth

“Oh my god! That was one time!” (Mean Girls reference was needed). I’m not really sure if this was a publicity stunt or if there’s something going on between the two, but either way, this was definitely one of the most talked about events of the night. It is a little upsetting that this is going to overshadow her performance of “Like I’m Gonna Lose You” along with her duet with Charlie Puth of “Marvin Gaye,” because those were ten times more AH-MAZING.  


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  1. Gwen Stefani Just Kind of Stood There

Performing “Used to Love You,” somehow Gwen Stefani managed to literally just stand on the stage and do nothing, while making us all feel as though we were listening to Adele’s “Hello” for the first time. Though she didn’t move much, I think I can speak for the majority when I say that she definitely moved us. Emotional and heart-clenching – Gwen Stefani effortlessly displayed the power of simplicity.


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  1. Nick Jonas Had More Fun Than Anyone Else

Oh, Nick (we’re on a first name basis now). There are so many ways to describe his medley of hits performance, but the one thing that stood out was just how much fun he was having the entire time! Starting off with a piano ballad of “Chains,” the singer picked up the tempo with “Levels” and “Jealous.” Not only that, but he brought on his own gospel choir and performed a little drum solo. As he was hippity-hopping on the stage Kanye West style, you could tell that Nick Jonas was having the time of his life, which in turn, made the viewers have the time of their lives. Happiness must be contagious because there is no other explanation for that kind of mood transference.     


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  1. Coldplay Made Us Feel Alive Again

Chris Martin was moving and grooving around the stage and we were all moving and grooving along with him. Then came the dancing chimps and then balloons filled the air, along with Coldplay’s signature confetti. *Flashback to the 2015 iHeartRadio Music Festival when the janitors had to clean all the confetti up until the waking hours of the morning* – Sorry, again! Basically, no one understood what was happening, kind of like the first time we all watched Taylor Swift’s “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” music video. It was random, weird, and by far, one of my favorite performances of the night!    


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  1. Alanis Morissette Threw it Back to the ‘90s

Alanis Morissette brought nostalgia and Demi Lovato to the stage with her performance of “You Oughta Know,” celebrating the 20th anniversary of Jagged Little Pill. If you were born after the ‘90s and you still didn’t know what was happening, I will ask you to kindly re-evaluate your life choices. Nonetheless, this performance was filled with female empowerment and I can bet that if you weren’t able to sing along, you were eagerly typing in “What are the lyrics to ‘You Oughta Know’” on Google. Don’t worry, I won’t tell anyone!  


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  1. Justin Bieber Made it Rain

Being the last act of the night, Justin Bieber began with a simple acoustic version of “What Do You Mean,” and then transitioned to another one of his hit singles, “Where Are Ü Now.” Finishing off with “Sorry,” Bieber sang with rain just casually pouring over him, which I will argue was an enticing and thrilling moment for both the audience AND the janitors (who were most likely crossing their fingers that it might just wash away some of Coldplay’s lingering confetti).


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Winners of the Night
Artist of the Year – One Direction
New Artist of the Year Presented by Kohl’s – Sam Hunt
Song of the Year – Taylor Swift “Blank Space”
Collaboration of the Year Un-leashed by T-Mobile – Skrillex & Diplo Ft. Justin Bieber “Where Are Ü Now”
Favorite Male Artist (Pop/Rock) – Ed Sheeran
Favorite Female Artist (Pop/Rock) – Ariana Grande
Favorite Duo or Group (Pop/Rock) – One Direction
Favorite Album (Pop/Rock) – Taylor Swift 1989
Favorite Male Artist (Country) – Luke Bryan
Favorite Female Artist (Country) – Carrie Underwood
Favorite Duo or Group (Country) – Florida Georgia Line
Favorite Album (Country) – Florida Georgia Line Anything Goes
Favorite Artist (Rap/Hip-Hop) – Nicki Minaj
Favorite Album (Rap/Hip-Hop) – Nicki Minaj: The Pinkprint
Favorite Male Artist (Soul/R&B) – The Weeknd
Favorite Female Artist (Soul/R&B) – Rihanna
Favorite Album (Soul/R&B) – The Weeknd Beauty Behind the Madness
Favorite Artist (Alternative Rock) – Fall Out Boy
Favorite Artist (Adult Contemporary) – Taylor Swift
Favorite Artist (Latin) – Enrique Iglesias
Favorite Artist (Contemporary Inspirational) – Casting Crowns
Favorite Artist (Electronic Dance Music) – Calvin Harris
Top Soundtrack – Pitch Perfect 2
Be sure to check out our Best Dressed for the AMAs Red Carpet!
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The Best Looks From the AMAs 2015 Red Carpet


Some of music’s biggest stars gathered in Los Angeles tonight for the American Music Awards, and with style icons like Zendaya, Selena Gomez, and Gigi Hadid in attendance, we knew the red carpet was bound to be super stylish. But were we prepared for some of these beautiful looks? Probably not.
From gorgeous hair and makeup moments to incredible, glittery gowns and dapper suits, the stars on the AMAs red carpet did not disappoint (although, we definitely missed seeing Taylor Swift on the carpet this year!). Check out the best looks from the AMAs 2015 red carpet below!

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Selena Gomez

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Hailee Steinfeld

Hailee Steinfeld ©Jason Merritt/Getty

Ashley Benson

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Nina Dobrev

Nina Dobrev ©Steve Granitz/WireImage

Hannah Davis

Hannah Davis ©Kevin Mazur/WireImage

Giuliana Rancic

Giuliana Rancic ©Jason Merritt/Getty

Liz Hernandez

Liz Hernandez ©Jason Merritt/Getty


Ciara ©Steve Granitz/WireImage

Bailee Madison

Bailee Madison ©Mark Davis/Getty

Carrie Underwood

Carrie Underwood ©Steve Granitz/WireImage

Nick Jonas

Nick Jonas ©Jason Merritt/Getty

Charlie Puth

Charlie Puth ©Mark Davis/Getty

One Direction

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