November 21, 2016 5:39 am

Drake, Justin Bieber take home hardware at American Music Awards

Recording artist Drake accepts the Favorite Artist (Rap/Hip-Hop) award onstage at the 2016 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 20, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Kevin Mazur/AMA2016/WireImage)

Recording artist Drake accepts the Favorite Artist (Rap/Hip-Hop) award onstage at the 2016 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 20, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/AMA2016/WireImage)

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Canadian artists Drake and Justin Bieber took home some of the top awards at the 2016 American Music Awards (AMA) Sunday night.

The Canadians were ahead of the odds walking into the event at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles.

Drake led the nominations with 13 nods, breaking Michael Jackson’s record for most AMA nominations in a single year. Jackson was up for 11 in 1984.

Justin Bieber was also in a good position, up for five awards including Artist of the Year, a category he shared with Drake.

In the end, both won their respective artist, song and album of the year awards for their genres.

Prince won a posthumous award securing Top Soundtrack for his album Purple Rain. The 1984 album was eligible because of a resurgence in popularity after Prince’s death in April.

His sister accepted the award on his behalf and was given a standing ovation.

A look at Bieber’s awards:

  • Favourite Male Artist – Pop/Rock

Justin Bieber

  • Favourite Album – Pop/Rock

Justin Bieber, Purpose

  • Favourite Song – Pop/Rock

Justin Bieber, “Love Yourself”

  • Video of the Year

Justin Bieber, “Sorry”

Bieber beat out Drake for all four awards.

A look at Drake’s awards:

  • Favourite Artist – Rap/Hip-Hop

Drake

  •  Favourite Album – Rap/Hip-Hop

Drake, Views

  • Favourite Song – Rap/Hip-Hop

Drake, “Hotline Bling”

  • Favourite Song – Soul/R&B

Rhianna Featuring Drake, “Work”

The overall Artist of the Year award went to Ariana Grande.

For a full list of winners click here.

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