AMAs 2016: Ariana Grande Is Artist of the Year, Selena Gomez Nabs Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist

The 'Dangerous Woman' hitmaker brings home the prestigious award at the 2016 AMAs after beating out other nominees including Selena, Beyonce, Justin Bieber, Rihanna, Drake and Adele.

AceShowbiz - %cAriana Grande% got the biggest honor of the night at the 2016 American Music Awards. After delivering a breathtaking performance of "Side to Side" with %cNicki Minaj% at the event, the "Dangerous Woman" hitmaker was honored with the Artist of the Year title.

Ariana beat out other Artist of the Year nominees including %cAdele%, %cBeyonce Knowles%, %cJustin Bieber%, %cDrake%, %cSelena Gomez%, %cRihanna%, %cTwenty One Pilots%, %cCarrie Underwood% and %cThe Weeknd%. The prestigious award was presented by %cJenny McCarthy% and %cDonnie Wahlberg%.

Wearing a black crop top, her signature ponytail and purple lipstick, Ariana fought back tears while delivering her acceptance speech. "Thank you guys so much, I am shaking, I want to say thank you to my fans... with or without this I love you to the bottom of my heart... Thank you. I can't believe this. I am shaking. I'm nervous. This is horrible... Oh my god! I'm trying not to cry. Holys**t."

Earlier that night, Selena Gomez, who made her post-rehab comeback at the event, was presented with the Favorite Female Artist - Pop/Rock title, beating out Adele and Rihanna. Wearing a gorgeous red floor-length gown, the "Hands to Myself" hitmaker looked skinnier while making a heartbreaking revelation to her fans during her acceptance speech.

"Thank you guys so much. In 2014, this stage was actually the first time I was authentically, 100-percent honest with all of you," Selena said, "I think it's safe to say that most of you know a lot of my life-whether I liked it or not-and I had to stop. Cause I had everything, and I was absolutely broken inside."

She continued, "I kept all together enough to where I would never let you down but I kept it too much together to where I wore myself down. I'm not trying to get validation and I don't need it any more. I don't want to see your bodies on Instagram, I want to see what's in here. If you are broken you do not have to stay broken. Thank you so much to my fans, you're so damn loyal and I don't know what I did to deserve you. Thank you so much for this."

Justin Bieber and Drake were the biggest winners at the 2016 American Music Awards, with each of them taking home four awards. Justin took home Favorite Male Artist - Pop/Rock, Favorite Album, Favorite Song and Video of the Year Awards, while Drizzy received Favorite Artist - Rap/Hip-Hop, Favorite Album and two Favorite Song Awards.

Rihanna followed them close behind with three awards, including Favorite Female Artist - Soul/R&B and Favorite Album - Soul/R&B for "Anti". Twenty One Pilots and Carrie Underwood, meanwhile, each brought home two trophies. The band won Favorite Duo or Group - Pop/Rock and Favorite Artist - Alternative Rock Awards, while Carrie nabbed the Favorite Female Artist - Country and Favorite Album titles.

Full Winner List of the 2016 American Music Awards

  • Artist of the Year: %cAriana Grande%
  • New Artist of the Year: %cZayn Malik%
  • Collaboration of the Year: %cFifth Harmony% ft. %cTy Dolla $ign% - "Work from Home"
  • Favorite Male Artist - Pop/Rock: %cJustin Bieber%
  • Favorite Female Artist - Pop/Rock: %cSelena Gomez%
  • Favorite Duo or Group - Pop/Rock: %cTwenty One Pilots%
  • Favorite Album - Pop/Rock: %cJustin Bieber% - "Purpose"
  • Favorite Song - Pop/Rock: %cJustin Bieber% - "Love Yourself"
  • Favorite Male Artist - Soul/R&B: %cChris Brown%
  • Favorite Female Artist - Soul/R&B: %cRihanna%
  • Favorite Song - Soul/R&B: %cRihanna% ft. %cDrake% - "Work"
  • Favorite Album - Soul/R&B: %cRihanna% - "Anti"
  • Favorite Artist - Rap/Hip-Hop: %cDrake%
  • Favorite Song - Rap/Hip-Hop: %cDrake% - "Hotline Bling"
  • Favorite Album - Rap/Hip-Hop: %cDrake% - "Views"
  • Favorite Artist - EDM: %cThe Chainsmokers%
  • Favorite Male Artist - Country: %cBlake Shelton%
  • Favorite Female Artist - Country: %cCarrie Underwood%
  • Favorite Duo or Group - Country: %cFlorida Georgia Line%
  • Favorite Album - Country: %cCarrie Underwood% - "Storyteller"
  • Favorite Song - Country: %cTim McGraw% - "Humble and Kind"
  • Favorite Artist - Adult Contemporary: %cAdele%
  • Favorite Artist - Alternative Rock: %cTwenty One Pilots%
  • Favorite Artist - Latin: %cEnrique Iglesias%
  • Favorite Artist - Contemporary Inspirational: %cHillsong United%
  • Top Soundtrack: "Purple Rain"
  • Video of the Year: %cJustin Bieber% - "Sorry"
  • Tour of the Year: %cBeyonce Knowles% - "Formation World Tour"

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