Gigi Hadid Faces Backlash After 2016 American Music Awards


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The 2016 American Music Awards, also known as the AMAs, were held on Sunday night at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. In attendance were all the big names in the music industry, such as Selena Gomez, Drake, Meek Mill, Nicki Minaj, along with others. Model Gigi Hadid and actor/comedian Jay Pharoah hosted the award show.

Shocking many of the viewers, hostess Gigi Hadid decided to dip her toes into the acting pool. The model chose to impersonate soon-to-be first lady Melania Trump and in doing so caused uproar from the media. With co-host Jay Pharoah also standing next to her impersonating Donald Trump, Hadid mocked the Republican National Convention speech, where Mrs. Trump was said to have plagiarised the still in action first lady Michelle Obama.

Due to the impersonation, Hadid was attacked by fans on social media.

Following the uproar,  Hadid made the effort ‘kind of’ apologise. In a handwritten note, Hadid said:

“I was honored to host the AMA’s last night and to work with some of the most respected writers in the business. I removed or changed anything in the script that I felt took the joke too far, and whether or not you choose to see it, what remained was done in good humor and with no bad intent.”



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There were a number of performances, including an emotional performance by John Legend with the song “Love Me Now”, along with duet from Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj performing “Side To Side”.

Songwriter, and Rock and Roll hall of famer, Sting, was presented with the “Award of Merit,” to celebrate his musical achievements over the years and to top it off he was presented the award by well acclaimed actor Robert Downing Jr. As he received his award, Sting had the audience on their feet as the singer sang a mixture of his greatest hits.

Dwayne Grossett

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