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2016 American Music Awards top moments and winners

The 2016 American Music Awards brought out the biggest names in music Sunday night at Los Angeles’ Microsoft Theater.

The awards, which were co-hosted by Gigi Hadid and Jay Pharoah, were full of show stopping performances — including John Legend’s emotional performance of “Love Me Now,” and Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj’s racy “Side To Side” duet.

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 20:  Singers Ariana Grande (L) and Nicki Minaj perform onstage during the 2016 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 20, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES, CA – NOVEMBER 20: Singers Ariana Grande (L) and Nicki Minaj perform onstage during the 2016 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 20, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

But besides the performances, it was a competitive night. Drake led the way with a record 13 nominations and brought his dad as his plus one. At the top of the show the rapper won the award for “Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Album” and gave a shout out to actress Nina Dobrev who presented him with his award.

“Thank you very much. Me and Nina were on ‘Degrassi’ together by the way,” he said. “I really want to thank everybody who helped me make this album … I want to thank the city of Toronto, and of course I want to thank the fans and my parents. My dad’s here tonight.”

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 20:  Rapper Drake accepts Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Album for 'Views' onstage during the 2016 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 20, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES, CA – NOVEMBER 20: Rapper Drake accepts Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Album for ‘Views’ onstage during the 2016 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 20, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Drake also debuted a new Apple commercial during the show, which featured him working out and lip syncing to Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood.”

Green Day got political during the award show while singing their new song “Bang Bang.” During the performance, the punk rockers chanted “No Trump, no KKK, no fascist USA” six times. The lines have been used in anti-Trump protests. The performance sent Green Day trending on Twitter with some wondering if the band would be the next target of Trump’s Twitter tirade after his “Hamilton” rant.

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 20:  Musician Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day performs onstage during the 2016 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 20, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES, CA – NOVEMBER 20: Musician Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day performs onstage during the 2016 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 20, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

A sentimental moment came when Prince’s sister, Tyka Nelson, took the stage to accept the award for “Best Soundtrack” for “Purple Rain” on behalf of her brother. There wasn’t a dry eye in the audience as she gave an emotional speech.

“Prince defied the odds, a Black teen from Minneapolis with a goal to electrify the world. He had the courage to be different,” Nelson said. “With his vision and god-given talent, he is still one of the world’s most respected and loved artists.”

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 20:  Tyka Nelson accepts Top Soundtrack for 'Purple Rain' on behalf of her brother, the late musician Prince, onstage during the 2016 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 20, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES, CA – NOVEMBER 20: Tyka Nelson accepts Top Soundtrack for ‘Purple Rain’ on behalf of her brother, the late musician Prince, onstage during the 2016 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 20, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Another major moment of the night was when actor Robert Downey Jr. presented Sting with the American Music Awards’ “Award of Merit.” The singer had the audience on their feet as he sang a medley of his greatest hits.

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 20:  Musician Sting (L) accepts the Award of Merit from actor Robert Downey Jr. onstage during the 2016 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 20, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES, CA – NOVEMBER 20: Musician Sting (L) accepts the Award of Merit from actor Robert Downey Jr. onstage during the 2016 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 20, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Check out the full AMAs winners list below:

Award Of Merit

Sting

Favorite Band, Duo or Group – Pop/Rock

Twenty One Pilots

Favorite Album – Rap/Hip Hop

Drake “Views”

Favorite Artist – Electronic Dance Music

The Chainsmokers

Collaboration of the Year

Fifth Harmony Ft. Ty Dolla Sign, “Work From Home”

Favorite Country Song

Tim McGraw “Humble and Kind”

New Artist of the Year

Zayn

Favorite Artist – Rap/Hip Hop

Drake

Top Soundtrack

Purple Rain

Favorite Band, Duo or Group – Country

Florida Georgia Line

Favorite Artist – Alternative Rock

Twenty One Pilots

Favorite Female Artist – Pop/Rock

Selena Gomez

Artist of the Year

Ariana Grande

Favorite Song – Rap/Hip Hop

Drake “Hotline Bling”

Favorite Male Artist – Soul/R&B

Chris Brown

Favorite Female Artist – Soul/R&B

Rihanna

Favorite Album – Soul/R&B

Rihanna “Anti”

Favorite Song – Soul/R&B

Rihanna “Work”

Favorite Artist Adult Contemporary

Adele

Favorite Artist Latin

Enrique Iglesias

Favorite Artist Contemporary Inspiration

Hillsong UNITED