They might be called the American Music Awards, but Canada was out in full force at the 43rd annual extravaganza last night (Nov. 22) in Los Angeles. Leading the pack were Justin Bieber and The Weeknd, who took home two awards including Favourite Soul/R&B album and Favourite Soul Male Artist.
Even though Taylor Swift led all artists with six nominations, the night belonged to Toronto’s The Weeknd. The "The Hills” crooner took home his first AMA for Favourite Soul/R&B album for Beauty Behind the Madness. “I want to thank everyone that’s been apart of this album,” said the 25-year-old.
The most emotional moment of the night came when Celine Dion delivered an enchanting rendition of Edith Piaf’s “Hyme a l’amour” in honour of those affected by the Paris attacks. Dressed in a black floral ball gown and accompanied by a full orchestra, the glamorous 47-year-old singer captivated the solemn audience as she paid tribute to the tragic events that befell France on Nov. 13.
The Great White North offered up some of the night’s best performances as well. After scooping up a trophy for his collaboration with Skrillex and Diplo on the track "Where Are Ü Now," Justin Bieber had his Beliebers in tears following a rain-drenched performance of the newly minted single in addition to hits "What Do You Mean" and "Sorry." Alanis Morissette also took to the stage to perform her iconic single “You Oughta Know” alongside Demi Lovato.
Before host Jennifer Lopez kicked off the show she treated audiences to a blazing dance performance backed by some of the year’s biggest songs, including Drake’s “Hotline Bling,” while wearing a tribal jumpsuit by Canuck designers DSquared2. Canadian singers Alessia Cara, Shawn Mendes and Francesco Yates delivered killer performances during the pre-show broadcast.
The red carpet was also ablaze with some of Canada's most fashion-forward stars. From Nina Dobrev in embroidered Zuhair Murad to Justin Bieber's grungy tribute to Nirvana, the maple leaf club proved their style credentials.