Gomez hadn't seen the bright lights of the AMAs since 2017, and Sunday night was also her first live performance in two years. "Just the fact that the past year of my life has had some of the most incredible times and also some of just the hardest things I've gone through in my life, and not a lot of them are things that haven't been public", she said, "and I wanted to thank you for so much for being the thing that has been a constant in my life".
In another video on Twitter, the young pop star goes in for a hug with her fellow country artist, but Twain ends up hugging Ciara. "I Feel Like a Woman!" is particularly impressive (and, if we're being honest, it's how we all hope we look when we're dancing along to that song). Her last performance on the American Music Awards stage was in 2003.
The 29-year-old singer dedicated the special win to the legendary artist Carole King, who presented the award, on Sunday (November 24) at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. She was also given an honourary artist of the decade award, taking her all-time total to 29 American Music Awards, organisers said.
In a recent interview dishing on her upcoming residency show, the singer told ET she'd love to have artists of "any genre" join her onstage. "That sounds unbelievable, but what sounds unforgivable, she's got more awards than Michael Jackson!".
Newcomer Billie Eilish, 17, took home two statuettes for best new artist and best alternative rock artist after a breakout year that saw her top the United States charts with her single 'Bad Girl'.
She also said the label blocked her from performing any of her old songs at the AMAs. She capped the night by winning artist of the year and made history as the performer with the most AMA career wins of all time with 26.
When asked what she was carrying with her in the impossibly tiny bag, she jokingly replied, "There's a lot!" "ARMY!", he said, singling out the group's fans, "You guys are the ones who make all of this possible".
The show follows a breakout year for the "Good As Hell" singer, which culminated in her nabbing eight Grammy nominations this past week. Taylor Swift and Halsey were shown on camera dancing and singing along in the audience.