Ariana Grande was named Artist of The Year at the American Music Awards on Sunday evening, while Zayn Malik scooped New Artist of The Year and Drake bagged his first ever AMA.
Early on in the night, Drake 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.
“For our genre, I like to keep things exciting and keep making music… more like this is coming soon,” Drake said, accepting the award.
But pop singer Ariana Grande, 23, was chosen as Artist of The Year, beating Justin Bieber, Rihanna and Gomez.
“I can’t believe this. I am shaking with nerves,” she said.
“I hope that I can bring joy to you and make you feel unified and happy.”
Former One Direction member Zayn Malik, who quit British boy band One Direction last year to launch a solo career, beat Canadian Shawn Mendes to take the Best New Artist trophy.
“It’s been a crazy year… I didn’t expect anyone to still vote for me,” said Zayn.
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.
Sting said he owed a debt to American rock and roll, adding, “While I may be an Englishman in New York, my musical soul is all American.”
Bieber performed “Never Give Up” via satellite from a concert in Italy and won awards for best pop/rock male artist, album, song and video.
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.
Selena Gomez, making her first public appearance following a reported stint in rehab, was named favourite rock/pop female artist.
The 24-year-old US singer announced she was taking time off from her career in August to deal with anxiety, panic attacks and depression as a result of the autoimmune disease lupus.