Justin Bieber Triumphs At American Music Awards With Four Wins, Selena Gomez Returns

Justin Bieber didn’t just thrill the 2016 American Music Awards with a satellite performance of his smash hit “Let Me Love You,” the pop icon also waltzed off with four awards out the five noms, which propels him into a rarefied club of top 10 AMA winners of all time.

The pop prince beat out hip hop titan Drake and R&B/soul singer The Weeknd to take the Favorite Male Artist of the Year Award.

Bieber also won the Video of the Year award for his massive dancehall worldwide hit “Sorry.” The visual did not feature him visually. It was directed by New Zealander Parris Goebbel, who also choreographed and produced the video with the famed The Royal Family dancers.

The pop prince also won Favorite Song in the pop and rock field for “Love Yourself,” and the Favorite Album in the Pop/Rock field with his latest album Purpose.

Bieber, who is currently touring Europe with his sold-out “Purpose World Tour,” didn’t have to accept any awards as his noms were not shown during ABC’s broadcast.

The Canadian superstar, who is a 15-time AMAs nominee, missed out on the Artist of the Year award, which went to Ariana Grande.


Justin’s live rendition of his feature on DJ Snake’s “Let Me Love You” was recorded from his second concert in Bologna, Italy, and was his sixth AMA performance.

Camera pans of the audience throughout showed mostly young female fans in rapt tears and some males too.

With his latest four wins adding to his previous eight titles, Bieber now has 12 AMA awards to his name.

Other wins on the night saw Bieber’s former girlfriend, Selena Gomez, announced as Favorite Female Artist of the Year. The starlet, who has now left rehab after canceling her “Revival World Tour” citing lupus-caused mental health issues, delivered a seemingly heartfelt acceptance speech in which she referred to her 2014 AMA performance of “The Heart Wants What It Wants,” which was about her teen relationship with Bieber.

“I had to stop,” Gomez began, before adding, “I had everything and I was absolutely broken inside. And I kept it all together enough never to let you down… [instead] I let myself down.”

The Disney alum then seemed to suggest she used to look for validation in the wrong place. “I don’t wanna see your bodies on Instagram, I wanna see what’s in here,” she said while pointing to her heart.

Gomez went on to thank her fans, saying “because you guys are so damn loyal and I don’t know what I did to deserve you.”

Watch the Latina’s speech here in the video below.


Check out Selena walking the red carpet here.

Rihanna and Drake were also big winners. The Bajan songstress won Favorite Female Artist in the soul and R&B category and Favorite Song in the same field for her Drake collaboration on “Work.” RiRi also bagged the Favorite Album in that same slot for her Anti album.

Drake won awards for his Views album in the hip hop/ R&B category and Favorite Artist in the same field. Former One Direction member, Zayn Malik, picked up the New Artist award.

Performances included Niall Horan, Maroon 5 and Kendrick Lamar, James Bay, Fifth Harmony, Lady Gaga, Green Day with a music missive to President-Elect Donald Trump and his still-forming administration, John Legend, The Weeknd, Bruno Mars, Shawn Mendes, Twenty One Pilots, DJ Khaled, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj, and a special performance from the Award of Merit honoree and Brit performer Sting.

The late Prince was also given an award at the Jay Pharaoh and Gigi Hadid-hosted event.

So, welcome back to Selena Gomez, and well done to Justin Bieber and all the other winners on the night. To see the full winner’s 2016 AMAs list, click the highlight.

[Featured Image by Jeff Kravitz/Getty Images]

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