Punk band Green Day take aim at President-elect Donald Trump at the American Music Awards, singing, “no Trump, no KKK, no fascist USA.”
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES (NOVEMBER 20, 2016) (DICK CLARK PRODUCTIONS) – Punk band Green Day took aim at President-elect Donald Trump at the American Music Awards on Sunday (November 20), performing their controversial anti-gun violence single “Bang Bang” on the live show and changing some of the lyrics to “no Trump, no KKK, no fascist USA.”
Co-host, model Gigi Hadid, opened the show with an impression of Trump’s wife Melania Trump, whose speech at the Republican National Convention in July ignited controversy because it contained a section strikingly similar to words delivered in 2008 by first lady Michelle Obama.
“I love my husband, President Barack Obama, and our children, Sasha and Malia,” Hadid joked, in an accent similar to Melania Trump’s.
Those were the most overt references to the Nov.8 U.S. presidential elections at the three-hour awards show where the focus was otherwise mostly on music.
Lady Gaga, Kendrick Lamar, Nicki Minaj, The Weeknd, Niall Horan, James Bay and John Legend were among the dozens of other performers on the Los Angeles stage.
The night’s big winners were Canadian rapper Drake, won his first ever American Music Awards, and pop singer Selena Gomez, 24, who won the best pop/rock female artist award.
Drake, 30, who got a leading 13 nominations, won best rap/hip-hop artist, song and album for his best-selling “Views”, which earlier this year became the first album to earn one billion streams on Apple Music.
But pop singer Grande, 23, was chosen artist of the year, beating Justin Bieber, Rihanna and Gomez.
Former One Direction member Zayn Malik, who quit British boy band One Direction last year to launch a solo career, bested Canadian Shawn Mendes to take the best new artist trophy.
British singer Sting, who last week released his first pop/rock album in a decade, “57th and 9th,” sang a medley of his hits and was presented with an honorary award recognizing his contribution to the music industry.
The American Music Awards are chosen by fans voting online.