The show was jam-packed with performances including a standing ovation worthy one from Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars, Green Day, and Sting. Sting performed a medley of his greatest hits and accepted the ‘Award of Merit’ presented by Robert Downey Jr.
Drake, who arrived to the event with a record breaking, 13 nominations took home the award for Favorite Artist – Rap/Hip Hop, Favorite Album – Rap/Hip Hop for Views, and Favorite Song – Rap/Hip Hop for “Hotline Bling”.
Not to be out done, Rihanna took home the hardware for Favorite Female Artist – Soul/R&B, Favorite Album – Soul/R&B for Anti, and Favorite Song – Soul/R&B for “Work”.
Justin Bieber took home the Video of the Year award for “Sorry”, Favorite Male Artist – Pop/Rock, as well as Favorite Album – Pop/Rock for Purpose and Favorite Song – Pop/Rock, “Love Yourself”.
Ariana Grande took home the biggest award of the night, Artist of the Year and Zayn made it very clear he’s going in one direction when he joked “This one just has my name on it, right?” as he accepted his award for New Artist of the Year.
The night took a somber turn when the Top Soundtrack award went to Prince posthumously for Purple Rain. His sister, Tyka Nelson accepted on his behalf bringing tears to the eyes of the audience members.
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Written by Kristen
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