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NOV 19
SUN - NOV 19
11/21/16

Selena Gomez & More Give Emotional AMAs Acceptance Speeches

The 2016 American Music Awards went down on Sunday night. Selena Gomez, Twenty One PilotsAriana Grande, Drake and more delivered emotional and poignant acceptance speeches.

Selena Gomez accepting the award for Favorite Female Artist – Pop/Rock

Selena delivered an emotional speech while accepting her first American Music Award ever for Favorite Female Artist – Pop/Rock.

Referencing her AMAs performance of “The Heart Wants What It Wants” back in 2014, Selena began her speech, “In 2014, this stage was actually the first time that I was authentically 100% honest with all of you. 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 and I kept it all together enough to where I would never let you down, but I kept it too much together to where I let myself down.”

The “Kill ‘Em With Kindness” singer went on to say, “I’m not trying to get validation, nor do I need it anymore. All I can say from the bottom of my heart is that I am so grateful that I have the opportunity to be able to share what I love every single day with people that I love. And I have to say thank you so much to my fans, because you guys are so damn loyal and I don’t know what I did to deserve you, but if you are broken, you do not have to stay broken. And if that’s anything whether you respect me or not that’s one thing you should know about me, I care about people and thank you so much for this, this is for you.”

Twenty One Pilots accepting the awards for Favorite Duo or Group – Pop/Rock and Favorite Artist – Alternative Rock

Twenty One Pilots gave two poignant acceptance speeches when they won both their awards for Favorite Duo or Group – Pop/Rock and Favorite Artist – Alternative Rock.

During their first speech, lead singer Tyler Joseph expressed immense gratitude to the band’s fans, saying, “We want to thank one particular group, I know a lot of artists get up here and they talk about their fans, but we really want to cut through the noise and say to our fans, you guys changed our lives.”

When the band returned to the stage to accept their second award, they acknowledged their roots and gave a special shoutout to other bands trying to make it and hustling the way they were only a few years ago.

“Live music for us has been very important to our career. It’s kind of why we’re even up here. So this [award], we want to give this one out to all the bands that are trying to make it, slugging it out in their hometowns, touring, setting up their own gear,” Tyler said. “And all those people that go to live shows too, even the small shows man, live music is still alive and that means a lot to us, so thank you guys so much.”

Ariana Grande accepting the award for Artist of the Year

While accepting the top award of the night, Artist of the Year, Ariana said, “I’m so thankful for art and I hope that whatever it is that I create in my life that I hope you feel a little bit of light and I hope that I can bring joy to you and make you feel unified and happy.”

Drake accepting the awards for Favorite Album – Rap/Hip-Hop and Favorite Artist – Rap/Hip-Hop

Florida Georgia Line accepting the award for Favorite Duo or Group – Country

Zayn accepting the award for New Artist of the Year Award Un-leashed by T-Mobile

Tim McGraw accepting the award for Favorite Song – Country

Fifth Harmony and Ty Dolla $ign accepting the award for Collaboration of the Year

See the full list of 2017 AMAs winners!

 

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