The American Music Awards took place in Los Angeles. Other performers at the ceremony included Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj, Lady Gaga, Sting, Bruno Mars, The Weeknd and The Chainsmokers. See footage from all the performances.
During their performance of recent single ‘Bang Bang’, Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong led a chant of “No Trump, no KKK, no fascist USA” in protest against the President-elect.
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No KKK, No fascist USA, No Trump! pic.twitter.com/Lv2pRgOJJX
— Green Day Authority (@GDA) November 21, 2016
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Armstrong has said that the shock victory of Donald Trump in the Presidential election feels like “a death in the family” and has called for “something drastic” to remove him from office.
The singer has compared Trump to Hitler and revealed that even some of his own family were Trump voters in the run-up to the election. Speaking to NME after the results were revealed, Armstrong said that the weight of the Republican’s victory were difficult for the nation to comprehend – and why ‘everybody is scared out of their minds.
“Well everything feels brand new right now, and pretty raw – but but I don’t think anybody was prepared and that’s why you see so much shock and outrage right now,” Armstrong told NME. “Nobody thought Trump would win and that’s why everybody is scared out of their minds, but I think that when you get desperate and feel that you’re not heard. Already, you are starting to see demonstrations. for example there were 100,000 people in New York and there’s a lot more to come. I hope that continues.”
Armstrong continued: “I think a lot of people are grieving, it’s like there has been a death in the family. That’s what’s going on. So I know it’s really hard to laugh while you’re scared – that’s what comedians say, so most people are scared. When the smoke begins to clear, you’ll see creative people speaking out.”
The band return to the UK to tour in early 2017, performing at Leeds First Direct Arena 5 February, Manchester Arena (6) and London O2 Arena (8) – and will headline British Summer Time Festival at Hyde Park in London on Saturday 1 July.