Drake, Bieber big win­ners at AMAs

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Drake was the big win­ner at Sun­day’s 2016 Amer­i­can Mu­sic Awards in Los An­gele, tak­ing home four awards and de­but­ing a new com­mer­cial for Ap­ple Mu­sic.

“For our genre, I just like to keep things ex­cited and keep mak­ing mu­sic,” said Drake, who broke Michael Jack­son’s record for most AMA nom­i­na­tions af­ter scor­ing 13 nom­i­na­tions. He scored wins for rap/ hiphop al­bum, artist and song and for soul/R&B song.

Justin Bieber, who per­formed from his tour in Zurich, Switzer­land, also won four awards.

Se­lena Gomez, who lost artist of the year to Ari­ana Grande but won fa­vorite fe­male artist in the pop/rock cat­e­gory, gave a heart­felt speech on­stage that earned a loud ap­plause from the au­di­ence.

“I had to stop, ’cause I had ev­ery­thing, and I was ab­so­lutely bro­ken in­side. And I kept it all to­gether to where I never let you down. But I kept it too much to­gether where I let my­self down,” said 24-year-old Gomez, who re­cently took time off to treat de­pres­sion and anxiety.

Other high­lights in­cluded dou­ble win­ners twenty one pi­lots and Bruno Mars, who kicked off the AMAs with his hit, “24K Magic.”

Prince’s 1984 “Pur­ple Rain” al­bum, which gained new at­ten­tion af­ter his death in April, won top sound­track. Bieber


Drake wins four awards at Sun­day’s Amer­i­can Mu­sic Awards at the Mi­crosoft Theater in Los An­ge­les.

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