Diana Ross received the lifetime achievement award at the American Music Awards.
To cap it all off, Gaga was awarded the AMA for favorite female artist later in the show, and her acceptance speech was televised live from her D.C. gig as part of the telecast.
And it appeared that BTS fans, who call themselves Army, weren't the only ones blown away by the group's explosive performance.
While offering a glimpse into her rehearsal, Gomez also shared that the award show is known as a place where she's shared "intimate moments" such as, her heartbreaking performance of "The Heart Wants What It Wants" after splitting from Justin Bieber and using her acceptance speech to address her recovery from treatment aimed to focus on her emotional health a year ago. "I think if you project it enough, it might happen, right?"
The broadcast switched to Washington where Lady Gaga was putting on an intricately choreographed performance of "The Cure" with pyrotechnics raining from above.
"If you feel different. don't you dare give up on who you are", she said.
Shawn Mendes won favorite adult contemporary artist, beating Mars and Ed Sheeran. But the focus came after criticism that the awards for the first time had no women in contention for Artist of the Year, despite the national spotlight on sexism in the entertainment industry.
"Black-ish" actress Tracee Ellis Ross said the show - taking place in the wake of multiple sexual allegations against powerful men in Hollywood, the media, business and politics - would honor women who "own our experiences, our bodies and our lives".
That political thread continued through the show's first half hour.
To a standing ovation, bandmate Mike Shinoda dedicated the prize to Bennington.
Hit K-Pop band, BTS will be making their AMA performance debut, hitting the iconic stage tonight for the first time ever.