After much speculation about whether she would attend the AMAs, the singer, who is nominated for artist of the year and favorite pop/rock female artist, made her first public appearance Sunday night since announcing in August she was taking a break from public life. The reason for the time off? To "focus on maintaining my health and happiness," she said in a statement sent to USA TODAY. The artist, who has lupus, explained that she was dealing with side effects of the disease that include anxiety and depression.
Gomez used the Los Angeles red carpet and a stunning red Prada gown to mark her return to the spotlight, looking like she never left.