Shawn Mendes Wins First American Music Award

Canada's Shawn Mendes won his first ever American Music Award on Sunday night in Los Angeles.

The 19-year-old beat Ed Sheeran and Bruno Mars – both of whom he credited with inspiring him to become a singer – in the Favourite Adult Contemporary Artist category.

Mendes, who performed "Nothing Holding Me Back" earlier in the show, was nominated at last year's AMAs for Best New Artist but lost to Zayn.

This year, it was another former One Direction member who took home Best New Artist: Niall Horan.

Mendes' fellow Canadian Drake was named Favourite Rap/Hip-Hop Artist but was not at Sunday's show to accept. It was his fifth AMA win from more than two dozen nominations. Justin Bieber's voice is featured on two AMA-winning tracks: DJ Khaled's "I'm The One" and "Despacito."

And, Keith Urban's "Blue Ain't Your Colour," co-written with Canada's Steven Lee Olsen, earned the Favourite Country Song award. (Urban took home two other AMAs.)

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Host Tracee Ellis Ross kicked off the show with the help of Jamie Foxx, which lead to a performance of R.E.M.'s "Everybody Hurts" by P!nk and Kelly Clarkson, followed by Demi Lovato doing "Sorry Not Sorry."

The first award of the night went to Imagine Dragons for Favourite Duo or Group: Pop/Rock. The band highlighted and saluted LGBTQ youth “equality for all” in their acceptance speech.

Scream Queens star Lea Michele introduced Nick Jonas performing “Find You” in a circle of female dancers.

Ciara presented the next award of the night for Favourite Rap/Hip-Hop song, which earned DJ Khaled a win for “I’m The One” featuring Justin Bieber. The Chainsmokers picked up the AMA for Favourite EDM.

Favourite Artist Alternative Rock went to Linkin Park, whose members dedicated the award to the late frontman Chester Bennington for "his talent, his sense of humour, and his joy."

Lady Gaga, on stage in Washington, was named Favourite Female Pop/Rock Artist. She graciously thanked fans and urged them to "fight like hell for what you believe in." Bruno Mars delivered his acceptance speech for Favourite Male Artist award from the back of a van.

Selena Gomez performed her hit with marshmello, “Wolves” and P!nk thrilled with a performance on the side of the JW Marriott hotel. Other performances included Macklemore doing "Glorious," Canada's Alessia Cara singing "Stay" with Zedd on piano, and K-Pop sensation BTS. 

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Christina Aguilera paid tribute to the late Whitney Houston and the 25th anniversary of The Bodyguard soundtrack with a medley of "I Will Always Love You," "I Have Nothing," "Run To You," and "I'm Every Woman."

Not long after, Zedd delivered a stripped-down performance of "Stay" with Canada's Alessia Cara.

The ceremony concluded with the Lifetime Achievement Award, presented to legend Diana Ross, with a video montage introduced by her son. The iconic 73-year-old motown diva came out to perform a sample of her hits, including "I'm Coming Out" and "Ain't No Mountain High Enough," and then invited her grandchildren and other music family members onstage to stand with her.

Check out the full list of winners and nominees:

Lifetime Achievement Award

Diana Ross

Artist of the Year

Bruno Mars

The Chainsmokers


Kendrick Lamar

Ed Sheeran

New Artist of the Year

James Arthur

Niall Horan

Julia Michaels

Post Malone

Rae Sremmurd

Collaboration of the Year

“Closer” — The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey

“I’m the One” — DJ Khaled featuring Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper and Lil Wayne

“Despacito” — Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber

“Don’t Wanna Know” — Maroon 5 featuring Kendrick Lamar

“Starboy” — The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk

Tour of the Year

Garth Brooks



Video of the Year

“That’s What I Like” — Bruno Mars

“Despacito” — Luis Fonsi featuring Daddy Yankee

“Shape of You” — Ed Sheeran

Favourite Male Artist: Pop/Rock

Bruno Mars


Ed Sheeran

Favourite Female Artist: Pop/Rock

Alessia Cara

Lady Gaga


Favourite Duo or Group: Pop/Rock

The Chainsmokers


Imagine Dragons

Favourite Album: Pop/Rock

Bruno Mars — 24K Magic

Drake — More Life

The Weekend — Starboy

Favourite Song: Pop/Rock

“Closer” — The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey

“Despacito” — Louis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber

“Shape of You” — Ed Sheeran

Favourite Male Artist: Country

Sam Hunt

Thomas Rhett

Keith Urban

Favourite Female Artist: Country

Miranda Lambert

Maren Morris

Carrie Underwood

Favourite Duo or Group: Country

Florida Georgia Line

Little Big Town

Old Dominion

Favourite Album: Country

Jason Aldean — They Don’t Know

Chris Stapleton — From a Room: Volume 1

Keith Urban — Ripcord

Favourite Song: Country

“Body Like a Back Road” — Sam Hunt

“Dirt on My Boots” — Jon Pardi

“Blue Ain’t Your Color” — Keith Urban

Favourite Artist: Rap/Hip-Hop


Kendrick Lamar


Favourite Album: Rap/Hip-Hop

Drake — More Life

Kendrick Lamar — DAMN.

Migos — Culture

Favourite Song: Rap/Hip-Hop

“I’m the One” — DJ Khaled featuring Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper and Lil Wayne

“HUMBLE” — Kendrick Lamar

“Black Beatles” — Rae Sremmurd featuring Gucci Mane

Favourite Male Artist: Soul/R&B

Bruno Mars

Childish Gambino

The Weeknd

Favourite Female Artist: Soul/R&B




Favourite Album: Soul/R&B

Bruno Mars — 24K Magic

Childish Gambino — Awaken, My Love!

The Weeknd — Starboy

Favourite Song: Soul/R&B

“That’s What I Like” — Bruno Mars

“Location” — Khalid

“Starboy” — The Weeknd

Favourite Artist: Alternative Rock

Imagine Dragons

Linkin Park

twenty one pilots

Favourite Artist: Adult Contemporary

Bruno Mars

Shawn Mendes

Ed Sheeran

Favourite Artist: Latin

Daddy Yankee

Luis Fonsi


Favourite Artist: Contemporary Inspirational

Lauren Daigle


Chris Tomlin

Favourite Artist: Electronic Dance Music

The Chainsmokers

DJ Snake

Calvin Harris

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