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Bruno Mars was a big winner at this week’s 2017 American Music Awards.  He took home 7 trophies including the top honor of Artist of the Year.

Other winners included former One Direction star Niall Horan, who took home New Artist of the Year, Luis Fonsi’s “Despacito,” which won two awards for Collaboration of the Year and Favorite Song, Pop/Rock, and Lady Gaga Female Artist of the Year, Pop/Rock.

The show opened with Jamie Foxx and his daughter surrounded by first responders.  He said, “This year, we needed the power of music to escape the news of the day.  We needed the power of music to help us heal. From hurricanes, wildfires, hate, hatred-fueled violence, 2017 was a year that tested our faith. In these moments of crisis, heroes emerged.”

Pink and Kelly Clarkson sang an emotional performance of R.E.M.’s “Everybody Hurts,” as pictures of first responders helping folks affected by this year’s tragedies played in the background. transgender state legislatoras her date, performed “Sorry Not Sorry.” She started her performance from the audience, as mean tweets from trolls were projected on the screen, and then took to the stage surrounded by dancers as well as a huge chorus of backup singers.

2017 AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS NOMINEES (AND WINNERS IN BOLD)

ARTIST OF THE YEAR

  • The Chainsmokers
  • Drake
  • Kendrick Lamar
  • Bruno Mars – WINNER
  • Ed Sheeran

NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR

  • James Arthur
  • Niall Horan – WINNER
  • Julia Michaels
  • Post Malone
  • Rae Sremmurd

COLLABORATION OF THE YEAR

  • The Chainsmokers feat. Halsey, “Closer”
  • Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee feat. Justin Bieber, “Despacito” – WINNER
  • DJ Khaled feat. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper & Lil Wayne, “I’m The One”
  • Maroon 5 feat. Kendrick Lamar, “Don’t Wanna Know”
  • The Weeknd feat. Daft Punk, “Starboy”

TOUR OF THE YEAR

  • Garth Brooks
  • Coldplay – WINNER
  • U2

VIDEO OF THE YEAR

  • Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee, “Despacito”
  • Bruno Mars, “That’s What I Like” – WINNER
  • Ed Sheeran, “Shape of You”

FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – POP/ROCK

  • Drake
  • Bruno Mars – WINNER
  • Ed Sheeran

FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – POP/ROCK

  • Alessia Cara
  • Lady Gaga – WINNER
  • Rihanna

FAVORITE DUO OR GROUP – POP/ROCK

  • The Chainsmokers
  • Coldplay
  • Imagine Dragons – WINNER

FAVORITE ALBUM – POP/ROCK

  • Drake, “More Life”
  • Bruno Mars, “24K Magic” – WINNER
  • The Weeknd, “Starboy”

FAVORITE SONG – POP/ROCK

  • The Chainsmokers feat. Halsey, “Closer”
  • Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee feat. Justin Bieber, “Despacito” – WINNER
  • Ed Sheeran, “Shape of You

FAVORITE ARTIST – RAP/HIP-HOP

  • Drake – WINNER
  • Kendrick Lamar
  • Migos

FAVORITE ALBUM – RAP/HIP-HOP

  • Drake, “More Life”
  • Kendrick Lamar, “Damn.” – WINNER
  • Migos, “Culture”

FAVORITE SONG – RAP/HIP-HOP

  • DJ Khaled feat. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper & Lil Wayne, “I’m The One” – WINNER
  • Kendrick Lamar, “Humble.”
  • Rae Sremmurd feat. Gucci Mane, “Black Beatles”

FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – SOUL/R&B

  • Childish Gambino
  • Bruno Mars – WINNER
  • The Weeknd

FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – SOUL/R&B

  • Beyoncé – WINNER
  • Kehlani
  • Rihanna

FAVORITE ALBUM – SOUL/R&B

  • Childish Gambino, “Awaken My Love!”
  • Bruno Mars, “24K Magic” – WINNER
  • The Weeknd, “Starboy”

FAVORITE SONG – SOUL/R&B

  • Khalid, “Location”
  • Bruno Mars, “That’s What I Like” – WINNER
  • The Weeknd, “Starboy”

FAVORITE ARTIST – ALTERNATIVE ROCK

  • Imagine Dragons
  • Linkin Park – WINNER
  • Twenty One Pilots

FAVORITE ARTIST – ADULT CONTEMPORARY

  • Bruno Mars
  • Shawn Mendes – WINNER
  • Ed Sheeran

FAVORITE ARTIST – LATIN

  • Luis Fonsi
  • Daddy Yankee
  • Shakira – WINNER

FAVORITE ARTIST – ELECTRONIC DANCE MUSIC (EDM)

  • The Chainsmokers – WINNER
  • Calvin Harris
  • DJ Snake

TOP SOUNDTRACK

  • “Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2: Awesome Mix Vol. 2”
  • Moana” – WINNER
  • “Trolls”

FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – COUNTRY

  • Sam Hunt
  • Thomas Rhett
  • Keith Urban – WINNER

FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – COUNTRY

  • Miranda Lambert
  • Maren Morris
  • Carrie Underwood – WINNER

FAVORITE DUO OR GROUP – COUNTRY

  • Florida Georgia Line
  • Little Big Town – WINNER
  • Old Dominion

FAVORITE ALBUM – COUNTRY

  • Jason Aldean, “They Don’t Know”
  • Chris Stapleton, “From a Room:, Vol. 1”
  • Keith Urban, “Ripcord” – WINNER

FAVORITE SONG – COUNTRY

  • Sam Hunt, “Body Like a Back Road”
  • Jon Pardi, “Dirt on My Boots”
  • Keith Urban, “Blue Ain’t Your Color” – WINNER
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