American Music Awards 2016: Prince Wins Posthumous Award, Selena Gomez Returns and More

Sting and Ariana Grande took home the evening's top honors.

Only 12 awards were broadcast live at the Sunday night event that was peppered with high-octane performances featuring stunning lightning, pyrotechnics and breathtaking visuals.

It appears the album was eligible for a 2016 AMA due to its chart success in light of Prince's death on April 21.

The singer received a standing ovation as his sister Tyka Nelson took the stage to accept the award on his behalf.

"Prince defied the odds," Nelson said of her late brother. "A black teen from Minnesota ... he had the courage to be different. With his vision and God-given talent, he is still one of the world's most respected and loved artists."

"We'll keep this for you in Paisley Park," Nelson concluded tearfully, referencing the award.

The singer revealed she was diagnosed with lupus last year.

Triumphantly taking the stage in a bold red dress, Gomez told her fans why she began her break, back in August.

"I had to stop," she started. "I had everything and I was absolutely broken inside. And I kept it all together enough never to let you down ... [instead] I let myself down."

She then thanked her fans "because you guys are so damn loyal and I don't know what I did to deserve you."

Ciara and her baby bump -- she's expecting a child with husband, NFL player Russell Wilson -- were among the celebrities who were brought to their feet during his choreography-heavy performance.

Following his performance, many took the stage, including Niall Horan, who performed a stripped-down version of his song, "This Town."

Green Day's performance stood out as the band used it to make a political statement about President-elect Donald Trump. Green Day chanted repeatedly, "No Trump! No KKK! No fascist USA!"

Afterward, Sting gave an acceptance speech, saying that he owes a large "debt to American music." He also called Rock and Roll, "America's greatest export."