I’m deeply moved by this extravagant gesture. It’s important for me to acknowledge the very real debt I already owe to American music.
After all, American music lit the spark in my young mind—this uniquely experiment, perhaps America’s greatest and most influential export, rock and roll.
The doors were always open to all comers. And the spirit of welcome and inclusion is what made this country the greatest in the world.
I thank you again for this honor, and promise you that while I may be an Englishman in New York, my musical soul is all-American. Thank you.
— AMAs (@AMAs) November 21, 2016