8 Highlights from the 2016 AMAs

The 44th annual American Music Awards took over the Microsoft Theater in rainy Los Angeles last night, bringing together names like Drake, Lady Gaga, The Chainsmokers, Ariana Grande and Sting.

Taking the reigns as event co-host, Gigi Hadid joined former SNL funnyman, Jay Pharoah, and both wasted no time making a mockery of Donald and Melania Trump. This wasn't the last mention made of the president-elect; ask Chrissy Teigen how she really feels about the soon-to-be U.S. president. There was even a performance by Green Day that saw the band sing a cover of MDC's "Born to Die," chanting lyrics like: No Trump / no KKK / no fascist USA. 

Luckily, the night wasn't all about politics and there was some fun had. Here's a selection of notable takeaways from the 2016 AMAs. 

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Selena Gomez’s speech

It was a surprise for many to see Selena Gomez at the ceremony as she has recently been off social media and out of the spotlight, focusing her attention on her mental and physical well-being. Showing up in a pristine red Prada gown, with a low ponytail and minimal accessories, Gomez radiated and reached out saying: “If you are broken, you don’t have to stay broken.” Gomez won the award for Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist and took the time to address her recent absence from the limelight, how she wants to see people’s hearts not their bodies on Instagram, and that validation from others isn’t important to her anymore. While speaking about her struggle, she seemed near tears and this vulnerability was moving to say the least, even Lady Gaga was gripped and saluted the 24-year-old singer/actress, clearly showing her support. There’s no word if and when Gomez will return to making music, but it kind of seemed like she was saying her peace, nonetheless.

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