4:07 p.m.: Idina Menzel stops to chat with Billboard on the red carpet about the Hamilton cast making a statement to vice president-elect Mike Pence and Donald Trump's outcry afterward. "I think they were extremely courageous, 100 percent appropriate," she says of her Broadway peers. "The theater is not just about about being a safe place, but it's about being thought-provoking, educating yourself, empathy, learning to step in other people's shoes, stories and existence. If you're not prepared to do that, you need to open your heart."
4:24 p.m.: Shawn Mendes chats with Billboard on the carpet about scoring his second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart.
4:51 p.m.: John Legend walks over to Tim McGraw to say hi and is introduced to Tim's daughter Maggie on the red carpet.
6:23 p.m.: Favorite song- country winner McGraw talks football with CAA's Rob Light backstage.
6:30 p.m.: Zayn embraces girlfriend and AMAs co-host Gigi Hadid after his big win as new artist of the year.
7 p.m.: The Chainsmokers -- who won favorite artist - electronic dance music -- address their mini-beef with Lady Gaga on Twitter last month while chatting with press backstage. "I haven't seen her, but I'd say 'what's up,'" Alex Pall says with a laugh, with Drew Taggart adding: "I think we're cool. I think we resolved it on Twitter."
7:24 p.m.: After winning favorite duo/group - country, Florida Georgia Line reveal their next single backstage. "We're shooting a music video in early January with some good friends of ours. About five of them," Brian Kelly teased, before Tyler Hubbard filled in the blanks: "'God, Your Mama, and Me.' Blessed to put that out. Backstreet Boys are huge inspirations to us. That'll be a great time."
7:50 p.m.: FGL take a break from interviews to watch DJ Khaled's performance on the monitor backstage.
Before they hit the #AMAs stage, @maroon5 take some pics backstage & Adam Levine calms down the rowdy photographers pic.twitter.com/2z0DI2jouv
— Katie Atkinson (@ktatkinson) November 21, 2016
8:06 p.m.: Hailee Steinfeld is overheard saying how hungry she is -- "Starving," perhaps? (sorry) -- as she makes her escape from the Microsoft Theatre.
8:10 p.m.: Adam Levine and Silicon Valley star T.J. Miller hug it out at the limo pickup area before taking off.