The 2016 American Music Awards caused plenty of buzz on Twitter, from show-stealing live performances to the night’s biggest winners.
Most Discussed Moments of the Evening:
Fifth Harmony’s racy live performance of “That’s My Girl” set the Twitterverse ablaze. The “X-Factor” alums not only took home the award for best collaboration for “Work From Home”, but their performance was the most-talked-about AMA moment of the evening.
In second place, Twenty One Pilots blew the roof off the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles. Performing a wild mashup of “Heathens” and “Stressed Out”, fans couldn’t help but take to Twitter to share their excitement.
One of the show’s sweeter moments saw Prince win a posthumous award for “Purple Rain” in the Top Soundtrack category. Accepting the award on his behalf was little sister Tyka Nelson, who gave a tearful speech. “In the words of Prince, with love, honour and respect for every living thing in the universe, separation ceases. And we all become one being, singing one song.” Fans couldn’t help gush over the heartfelt AMA moment.
Coming in at fourth, Zayn Malik sparked a little controversy when he seemingly threw shade at his former One Direction bandmates. While accepting the award for New Artist of the Year, he said, “This one just has my name on it, right?”
And rounding out the top five is Canada’s own Drake. The rap-phenom broke Michael Jackson’s record for most AMA nominations with a staggering 13. What fans on Twitter were chirping about the most, however, was how Drizzy walked away with the award for Best Hip Hop Album.
Most Tweeted-About Stars:
There were plenty of memorable moments at last night’s AMAs, but the stars themselves were also a hot topic of controversy. Zayn, for example, may have had the fourth-most-talked about moment of the evening — but he was by far the most discussed musician of the night.
Right behind him was former 1D mate Niall Horan, who has had a big coming-out party since releasing his debut solo single “This Town”. The Irish-born singer delighted fans and audience members alike with a live performance of his hit song.
How could Fifth Harmony not be the talk of the town? After all, their performance was the single-most-talked-about event of the evening!
Selena Gomez’s return to the spotlight was a sincere moment for the artist, who has been struggling with anxiety and panic attacks as a result of her Lupus. Following a stint in rehab, Gomez opened up while accepting the award for favourite female pop artist: “I had to stop, because I had everything and I was absolutely broken inside.”
Young Canadian heartthrob Shawn Mendes brought the crowd to their feet at the AMAs, performing “Treat You Better” and “Mercy”.