Everything that happened at the 2018 American Music Awards

2018-10-10 07:11
 

Los Angeles - Taylor Swift kicked off her week with a rare political post on social media, and at the American Music Awards she continued the conversation by encouraging fans to vote in the upcoming midterm elections.

Swift won four honours including artist of the year at the fan-voted show on Tuesday in Los Angeles, beating out Drake, Ed Sheeran, Imagine Dragons and Post Malone for the top prize.

"This award and every single award given out tonight were voted on by the people, and you know what else is voted on by the people," she said, "the midterm elections on 6 November."

2018 American Music Awards

Voting was a hot topic at the AMAs. Host and Golden Globe-winning black-ish actress Tracee Ellis Ross wore a shirt that said, "I am a voter," and comedian-actor Billy Eichner told the audience, "The biggest election of our lifetime is happening."

"Please grab your friends and tell them to vote. Now is the time. If you believe in equality for women, for people of colour, for the LGBTQ community. If you believe that climate change is real and that we need to do something about it," he said onstage before presenting an award.

"And you can go to Vote.org like Taylor Swift told you to," he added.

2018 American Music Awards

Swift made history by becoming the most decorated woman in the show's history with a total of 23 AMAs. Despite having the year's top-selling album and three No. 1 hits, Drake didn't win a single award. He did not attend the show but tied Cardi B with most nominations walking into the AMAs.

Swift kicked off the show with a performance of I Did Something Bad, while Cardi B — who won three honours — picked up the night's first award, favourite hip-hop/rap artist, which she dedicated to her daughter.

"I really want to thank my daughter," said Cardi B, who gave birth to Kulture Kiari Cephus in July. "I gotta prove people wrong. They said I wasn't going to make it after I had a baby."

The rapper hit the stage to give a festive and colourful performance of her No. 1 hit, I Like It, where she was joined by J Balvin and Bad Bunny, who was wheeled onstage inside a shopping cart. Cardi B's husband, Offset of the rap trio Migos, danced along in the audience with group member Quavo as Cardi B worked the stage with vibrant dance moves, including the salsa.

2018 American Music Awards

Cardi B returned the favour, screaming happily when Migos was named favourite pop/rock duo or group, beating out Maroon 5 and Imagine Dragons, later in the show.

"We did not know we was winning this at all," said Quavo, also giving a shout-out to group member Takeoff, who didn't attend the AMAs.

"I want to thank you sexy lady," Offset said, pointing to Cardi B.

Like Cardi B's performance, rising newcomer Ella Mai also won over the crowd when she sang the year's biggest R&B hit, Boo'd Up, starting the performance as she walked down the aisle of the Microsoft Theatre. Khalid, Quavo and Offset were some of the audience members dancing along, while others sang and some even filmed her with their phones.

Others who shined onstage included R&B singer Ciara, who showed off her skilled dance moves and was joined by a fierce Missy Elliott. Carrie Underwood was in perfect form vocally, and Camila Cabello — who tied Swift with four wins — gave a heartful, touching and vocally impressive performance of the ballad Consequences, earning her a standing ovation.

2018 American Music Awards

The three-hour show closed with a rousing tribute to Aretha Franklin, who died in August. Gladys Knight, Ledisi, Mary Mary, Donnie McClurkin and CeCe Winans were among the musicians who paid tribute to the Queen of Soul's gospel roots and her iconic album, Amazing Grace.

Rapper-singer XXXTentacion, who was fatally shot in June, was also honoured: He won favourite soul/R&B album for his 2017 debut, 17. It was days after he was named best new artist at the BET Hip-Hop Awards.

His mother, Cleopatra Bernard, said she was honoured to accept the award on behalf of her son. "I'm so nervous," Bernard said as the audience cheered her on.

Kane Brown swept the country categories with three wins, including male artist, album and song.

Post Malone, who wore a baby blue suit and performed, won favourite pop/rock male artist, Underwood was named favourite country female artist and Khalid picked up favourite soul/R&B male artist.

Other performers included Mariah Carey, Jennifer Lopez, Shawn Mendes and twenty one pilots.

2018 American Music Awards

HERE ARE ALL THE WINNERS AT THE 2018 AMAs:

Artist of the year:
Taylor Swift

New artist of the year:
Camila Cabello

Collaboration of the year:
"Havana," Camila Cabello featuring Young Thug

Favourite pop/rock female artist:
Taylor Swift

Favourite pop/rock male artist:
Post Malone

Favourite pop/rock duo or group:
Migos

Favourite pop/rock song:
"Havana," Camila Cabello featuring Young Thug

Favourite pop/rock album:
"reputation," Taylor Swift

Favourite rap/hip-hop artist:
Cardi B

Favourite rap/hip-hop song:
"Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)," Cardi B

Favourite rap/hip-hop album:
"Beerbongs & Bentleys," Post Malone

Favourite soul/R&B female artist:
Rihanna

Favourite soul/R&B male artist:
Khalid

Favourite soul/R&B song:
"Finesse," Bruno Mars featuring Cardi B

Favourite soul/R&B album:
"17," XXXTentacion

Favourite country female artist:
Carrie Underwood

Favourite country male artist:
Kane Brown

Favourite country duo or group:
Florida Georgia Line

Favourite country song:
"Heaven," Kane Brown

Favourite country album:
"Kane Brown," Kane Brown

Favourite alternative rock artist:
Panic! at the Disco

Favourite adult contemporary artist:
Shawn Mendes

Favourite Latin artist:
Daddy Yankee

Favourite contemporary inspirational artist:
Lauren Daigle

Favorite electronic dance music artist:
Marshmello

Favourite social artist:
BTS

Favourite music video:
"Havana," Camila Cabello featuring Young Thug

Tour of the year:
Taylor Swift

Top soundtrack:
"Black Panther: The Album, Music From And Inspired By"

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(Photos: AP)

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