2016 American Music Awards: Celebrities Show Their Support for Selena Gomez, Plus More Must-See Moments

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Along with her fanbase, Selena Gomez‘s celebrity friends commended her emotional speech at the 2016 American Music Awards.

Gomez returned to the public eye on Sunday, Nov. 20, to attend the AMAs after putting her career on hold to focus on her health. The singer addressed her hiatus in her acceptance speech upon receiving the Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist, saying, “I had everything, and I was absolutely broken. And I kept it together and I swore I would never let you down, but I kept it too much together to where I let myself down … I’m not trying to get validation, nor do I need it anymore.”

Her candid words drew the support of other artists throughout the night, including Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, and Colton Haynes. Gaga posed with Gomez for this photo and posted it on her Instagram account, writing in the caption, “So dope I got to hang with the biggest rockstar of the night. (Ya,know besides Sting and Green Day) …the girl with the biggest prize of all a BIG Heart that she shares with the world.”


Swift cheered for Gomez’s win on her Instagram story.


And Haynes, Camila Cabello, Pete Wentz, and Pia Mia chimed in with the following tweets later in the evening:

In addition to Gomez’s triumphant return, other notable show moments of the night included the debut of Drake‘s Apple Music commercial in which he pumps up his gym flow with Taylor Swift’s music:


Co-host Gigi Hadid‘s backstage smooch with her boyfriend Zayn Malik after he won the New Artist of the Year award:


Hadid’s impression of Melania Trump:


Tyka Nelson‘s tribute to her late brother Prince as she received the Soundtrack of the Year award for Purple Rain on his behalf:


Idina Menzel supporting the cast of Hamilton the musical after they delivered a political message directly to Vice President-elect Mike Pence after a performance of their show on Friday night (Nov. 18, 2016):


And Green Day singing, “No Trump! No KKK! No fascist USA!” during their performance of “Bang Bang.”


Throwback to when Donald Trump enjoyed their musical, American Idiot, at the theater: