This November at the 2016 AMA awards, musicians took the opportunity to express their feelings about Donald Trump’s recent victory in the United States election. Green Day led the verbal assault by changing their song “Bang Bang” into an anti-trump anthem. “No Trump!” they shouted to the crowd, starting off a night of insults and mockery toward the next head-of-state.
In the past, president-elect Trump has described himself as a follower of Green Day and even called their music “outstanding.” The band’s reaction comes at little surprise, seeing that their album American Idiot openly scorned President George W. Bush. In an earlier interview, lead singer Billie Joel Armstrong even compared Donald Trump with Adolf Hitler.
British musician Sting made sure to note that rock-and-roll is one of America’s major exports and an important one at that. Music speaks to people of all kinds and doesn’t discriminate. It is a powerful tool to utilize when speaking out against authority figures, such as the soon-to-be president. After all, having the right to speak out is part of what makes America such a wonderful country.
AMA hosts Gigi Hadid and Jay Pharaoh made several jokes about Donald Trump, and did impressions of both he and his wife Melania. “I enjoyed Bruno Mars,” Pharaoh said, styling his voice after Trump’s. “I don’t know what color he is, so I can’t deport him.” Artists like John Legend and Lady Gaga, in favor of Hillary Clinton’s campaign, have begun speaking openly about this year’s election results.
The 2016 AMA awardees included Ariana Grande, who won Artist of the Year. She and Nicki Minaj joined forces in singing Side to Side, accompanied by many professional dancers. Drake was nominated for 13 awards, and he won all three divisions of the Rap/Hip-Hop category—artist, album and song. Former member of One Direction, Zayn Malik, received the award for New Artist of the Year.
Selena Gomez herself returned to the stage, despite having avoided the public eye since August. She was awarded Favorite Female Artist of the Year. As a result of her struggle with lupus, the vocalist suffers from stress, anxiety, and panic attacks. For this reason, she has decided to take a break from the spotlight and focus on her health.