In addition to giving you an inside look into what you didn’t see broadcast during the 2016 American Music Awards, Billboard was also on hand at the 2016 AMAs red carpet and backstage to talk to the night’s nominees, presenters and performers (and Drake’s dad!) about everything from their upcoming projects to their Thanksgiving plans.
Check out Billboard’s 2016 AMAs interviews below.
Tim McGraw explains why the AMAs “never get old” and how his wife Faith Hill makes him a better singer.
Shawn Mendes talks about celebrating Thanksgiving as a Canadian and how it felt to nab two No. 1 albums on the Billboard 200.
Idina Menzel talks about her musical influences beyond Broadway (Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan) and why her son tells her to “shut up” when she’s singing.
Daya talks about her first tour and the different artists who influenced her individualistic approach to songwriting, such as Amy Winehouse, Alanis Morissette and Dido.
Travis Barker explains how his AMAs collaboration with the Chainsmokers and Halsey came about — and if they might hit the studio together.
G-Eazy reflects on his long hustle to make it and why his upcoming gig at Oakland’s Oracle Arena is so special (Hint: The Warriors play there).
Ty Dolla $ign shares an adorable fact about “Work From Home” collaborators Fifth Harmony. “It’s my daughter’s favorite band,” Ty Dolla $ign says of 5H. “When the opportunity came [to do ‘Work From Home’] I was like, finally, I get a chance to make a song my daughter can play.”
Bebe Rexha talks about working with Missy Elliott’s video director and her new G-Eazy collaboration “F— Fake Friends,” a follow-up to their smash hit “Me, Myself & I.”
Between her EP and Scream Queens, Keke Palmer talks about never sleeping and trying to balance having a life with having a career.
Skylar Grey talks about finding inspiration from Jared Leto’s Joker and Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn for her Suicide Squad soundtrack songs.
Cam talks about her favorite Christmas songs and why she needs to “build a cool blanket fort in the studio” before making her next album.
Noah Cyrus dishes on the process of making new single “Make Me (Cry)” with Labrinth and why she decided to turn their song about “a toxic relationship” into a duet.
Dennis Graham, Drake’s dad and a musician in his own right, talks about the family’s holiday plans and Drake’s favorite meal.