LOS ANGELES — The emotional high points of the American Music Awards were Selena Gomez bearing her soul and the award for a soundtrack that came out 32 years ago.
Gomez won favorite pop/rock female artist and it was her first public appearance since she announced a hiatus in August to deal with mental health issues related to her lupus. Gomez says she was “absolutely broken inside” and while she had kept it together for fans, she had let herself down.
Prince’s “Purple Rain” won for favorite soundtrack, and his sister, Tyka Nelson, accepted the award. She broke down in tears and said she and her siblings would keep the award at Paisley Park “until we see you again.”
The Chainsmokers and Ariana Grande kept the censors hopping by dropping profanities during their wins. Twenty One Pilots singer Tyler Joseph wanted to thank fans “just in case this is the last award we ever win.” Former One Direction singer Zayn won the new artist award and joked about getting a trophy with just his name on it.