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American Music Awards 2016: The Best Behind-the-Scenes Shots on Instagram

As exciting as the American Music Awards were last night, we know it’s no easy task to get celebs red-carpet ready without a village of hair stylists, makeup artists and assistants on hand. Thanks to Instagram, we can get a sneak peek of what went down behind the scenes seconds before they rolled up to the Microsoft Theatre. Case in point: Selena Gomez’s revival in the spotlight on makeup artist Hung Vanngo’s Instagram account. From gorgeous close-up shots of our favourite looks (see: Nina Dobrev) to candid moments like Fifth Harmony’s Dinah Jane Hansen getting a good bronzing rub-down by her MUA or Taraji P. Henson and crew doing the #MannequinChallenge, scroll down to see all the best beauty moments from the American Music Awards that didn’t make it on television.

Pinning Nina Dobrev’s AMAs look to our holiday beauty inspo board.

BTS of this beauty @ninadobrev heading to the #AMAs!!! ? (wait for the side shot ?) @nutrafol #texutred #thick #awesomehair #nutrafol

A photo posted by Riawna Capri | Hairstylist (@riawnacapri) on

Heidi Klum digs into German chocolate treats for a pre-game snack as one should.

That hair flip tho, Karlie.

Versace Versace Versace ?

A video posted by Karlie Kloss (@karliekloss) on

Dinah shows off her impeccable manicure whilst eating an AMA cupcake.


A video posted by ♛DinahJane (@dinahjane97) on

Normani curls her bangs.


A photo posted by Normani Kordei (@normanikordei) on

Dinah gets some last minute touch ups.

It's BRONZING time ✨ @dinahjane97 #AMAs #CarleneKShineBronzer @carlenekcosmetics

A video posted by Carlene K (@carlenekmakeup) on

Julianne Hough shows off her miles-long hair extensions.

Yaas, Selena is back looking amazing as ever.

Taraji P. Henson couldn’t resist a good #MannequinChallenge opportunity.

Tinashe plays with Snapchat filters in between hosting duties on the red carpet.

#Tinashe #TeamTinashe #Tinashesnaps

A video posted by ?Tinashe Snapchat Plug? (@tinashesnaps) on

Fave duo of the night? Most definitely.

We been here ALL NIGHT!!!!! ? #AMA's

A photo posted by Nicki Minaj (@nickiminaj) on

Whose face swap ever looks this good? Says no one.

Faceswapping with @ninadobrev @AMAS

A photo posted by Heidi Klum (@heidiklum) on

Keke Palmer and her ’90s-inspired look in all its glory.


A video posted by Laurennnn Palmer (@kekepalmer) on

Lady Gaga’s happy dance prior to her performance.