It just wouldn't be an award show without a little cringe from Gigi Hadid, Nicki Minaj, and company! While Hollywood's hottest stars might be used to working on scripted music videos, the annual American Music Awards is completely live TV.
From awkward interview moments on the red carpet to cringeworthy events onstage, Sunday night's award show was full of weird and wonderful gaffes. We're counting down the 7 most awkward 2016 AMAs moments!
1. WHEN ZAYN MALIK THREW SHADE AT 1D
After winning Best New Artist of the Year, Malik held is trophy and joked, “Wow. This just has my name on it, right?” It sounds like Zayn isn’t very thankful for the group that made him famous in the first place...
2. WHEN LADY GAGA WENT BAREFOOT
Gaga skipped the shoes as she performed her latest single “Million Reasons.” Equally gross and unsanitary, here’s hoping she doesn’t catch staff infection.
3. WHEN ARIANA GRANDE TRIED BEING SEXY AND FAILED MISERABLY
While "Side to Side" might be a very sexual song, the awkwardness of the backup dancers thrusting their pelvises around Ariana could not have looked less sexy.
4. WHEN NICKI MINAJ ALSO TRIED BEING SEXY AND FAILED EVEN MORE MISERABLY
Legs in the air, Nicki's dance moves looked unrehearsed and like she was trying way too hard to one-up co-performer Ariana.
5. WHEN BELIEBERS ACTUALLY STARTED CRYING
When Justin Bieber couldn’t make it to perform in person, he ended up broadcasting his performance from his concert in Zurich, Switzerland. Fans of the Biebs got a little too emotional staring at a jumbotron, if you ask us.
6. WHEN FIFTH HARMONY READ AN ACCEPTANCE SPEECH OFF A SMART PHONE
I always thought there was nothing more cringeworthy than having to watch someone crash and burn when giving an unprepared speech using a teleprompter.
I was wrong. Watching a person struggle to read a speech off of iPhone notes is way more cringeworthy.
7. WHEN GIGI HADID IMPERSONATED MELANIA TRUMP
In one of the most random nights of the evening, Gigi got unusually political by mocking the future First Lady. Scrunching her face to make her lips look bigger and speaking in a thick accent, the model mocked Melania in what some viewers are calling a bigoted attempt at comedy. It was definitely the most awkward moment of the night.
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