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Ariana Grande, Justin Bieber, Drake take top honors at the American Music Awards

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Karen Butler
Singer Ariana Grande arrives for the 2016 American Music Awards held at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on November 20, 2016. Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI
Singer Ariana Grande arrives for the 2016 American Music Awards held at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on November 20, 2016. Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | License Photo

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 21 (UPI) -- Ariana Grande was declared Artist of the Year at the American Music Awards ceremony in Los Angeles Sunday night.

Zayn Malik earned the honor of Best New Artist of the Year and Beyonce was recognized for Tour of the Year.

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Justin Bieber took home the prizes for Favorite Male Artist -- Pop/Rock, Video of the Year for "Sorry," Favorite Album -- Pop/Rock for Purpose and Favorite Song -- Pop/Rock for "Love Yourself." His ex-girlfriend Selena Gomez won for Favorite Female Artist -- Pop/Rock.

Drake, Rihanna and Carrie Underwood were among the artists who scored multiple awards.

Drake won the AMAs for Favorite Artist -- Rap/Hip-Hop, Favorite Album -- Rap/Hip-Hop for Views and Favorite Song -- Rap/Hip-Hop for "Hotline Bling."

Rihanna was deemed Favorite Female Artist -- Soul/R&B, and also won for Favorite Album -- Soul/R&B for Anti and Favorite Song -- Soul/R&B for "Work," her collaboration with Drake.

Underwood grabbed the statuettes for Favorite Female Artist -- Country and Favorite Album -- Country for Storyteller.

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Sting was presented with the career achievement Award of Merit.

The show was hosted by Gigi Hadid and Jay Pharoah.

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