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Model Gigi Hadid to show off 'goofy side' as co-host at AMAs

Model Gigi Hadid has said she cannot wait to "show her goofy side" as she and comedian Jay Pharoah were announced as hosts of the American Music Awards.

Hadid and Pharoah will join previously announced performers including Lady Gaga, John Legend and Bruno Mars - while Sting will perform and receive the American Music Award of Merit.

Hadid said: "I'm so excited to host the 2016 AMAs with Jay Pharoah. Jay is known for his spot-on impressions so I can't wait to take the stage with him to show my goofy side and celebrate this year's nominees."

Pharoah, who is best known for his impressions of President Obama on Saturday Night Live, added: " Can't wait to host the AMAs with the beautiful Gigi Hadid (so much innocence in her eyes) and being in the building with some of my industry friends, who I've probably impersonated at some point I'm sure. It's gonna be a fun night!'

Canadian singer Drake has scored 13 AMA nominations, breaking the record for the most nods in a single year.

The Hotline Bling star surpassed Michael Jackson's previous record of 11 nominations.

Rihanna has picked up seven mentions, while Adele and Justin Bieber both scored five.

Adele, Drake, Rihanna and Bieber will compete against Beyonce, Selena Gomez, Ariana Grande, Twenty One Pilots, Carrie Underwood and The Weeknd for the title of 2016 artist of the year.

Adele's hit album 25 will compete against Drake's Views and Bieber's Purpose for favourite album (pop/rock), while her number one single Hello is nominated alongside Bieber's Love Yourself and Drake's chart-topper One Dance featuring Wizkid and Kyla for favourite song (pop/rock).

She also received a nod for favourite female artist (pop/rock), alongside Rihanna and Selena Gomez - while Drake will compete against Bieber and The Weeknd for favourite male.

Former One Direction star Zayn Malik has been nominated for new artist of the year, alongside DNCE, The Chainsmokers, Shawn Mendes and Alessia Cara.

The 2016 American Music Awards will be presented at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles on November 20.


From Belfast Telegraph