The 2016 American Music Awards brought its A-game. With model Gigi Hadid and comedian Jay Pharoah co-hosting the show, we knew we were in for quite the night, but the music industry’s biggest stars exceeded our every expectation Sunday night in L.A.
Selena Gomez re-appeared on the AMAs red carpet after months out of the spotlight, while Ciara’s baby bump made its red carpet debut. Hadid rocked not one, but six, ensembles and even tried her hand at rap, while Chrissy Teigen introduced her hubby John Legend on stage in the most naked dress of the night.
Drake honored Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber made fans cry with his performance of “Let Me Love You,” and Gomez shut it down with the most honest speech of the night. “I had everything and I was absolutely broken inside,” she said of taking a break from the spotlight. “If you are broken, you do not have to stay broken.”
So without further ado, here is your GIF-filled guide to the 2016 AMAs.
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1. Gigi Hadid rolled with the punches, literally:
2. Nina Dobrev jokingly dissed her BFF Julianne Hough on stage:
3. Drake proved he’s BFFs with Taylor by lip syncing to “Bad Blood”:
4. Gigi and Zayn had a moment backstage:
5. Chrissy gave John an epic introduction:
6. Justin sounded so good that his fans were in tears:
7. Prince’s sister accepted his award for Purple Rain:
8. Selena got real on stage:
9. And Lady Gaga did what we all were thinking: