The 46th annual American Music Awards 2018 took place that Stars flocked to the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Tuesday to see their favorite musical talents perform and get recognized for their yearly accomplishments during one of music’s biggest nights, the 2018 American Music Awards. Shortly after Taylor Swift made her grand return to the AMAs stage for the first time since 2014 as the show’s opener, Cardi B won the first award for Favorite Artist in the Rap/Hip-Hop genre. Swift later won Tour of the Year, Artist of the Year, Best Pop/Rock Album for Reputation and Favorite Female Artist in the Pop/Rock genre, breaking the record for most wins by a female artist.


American Music Awards 2018, Taylor Swift, Sizzling Performance, Complete List, Winners with Nominees

Anyone expecting Taylor Swift to double down on her recent political statements during her show-opening performance on the “American Music Awards” Tuesday night didn’t get much to chew on — at least not without dissecting the lyrics of “I Did Something Bad,” which she performed in a similar format to her “Reputation” tour.

The song’s intro was drawn out as the stage was bathed in red lights and Swift, accompanied by 20-odd dancers, performed in front of a U-shaped structure from which the tour’s famous giant cobra emerged toward the end of the song.

American Music Awards 2018, Taylor Swift, Sizzling Performance, Complete List, Winners with Nominees

However, the song’s lyrics did have some added frisson, taken in the context of Swift’s post on Sunday, excoriating Tennessee Senator Marsha Blackburn and promising to support her adopted home state’s Democratic candidates in the forthcoming midterm elections.

The songs opening lines address narcissism and lies, the chorus goes “They say I did something bad/ Then why’s it feel so good?/ And I’d do it over and over and over again if I could”; pyrotechnics were set off during the lines, “They’re burning all the witches, even if you aren’t one/ So light me up.

American Music Awards 2018, Taylor Swift, Sizzling Performance, Complete List, Winners with Nominees
American Music Awards 2018, Taylor Swift, Sizzling Performance, Complete List, Winners with Nominees

Was Swift, who rarely does anything publicly without careful calculation, commenting on her statement, the president’s dismissive reaction to it, or the news that, in the 24 hours after her post, an estimated 65,000 U.S. voters registered, more than in the entire month of August?

Probably not. But if she did, we were all (sorry) ready for it.

Taylor Swift opened the 2018 AMAs, marking her first awards show in three years. Swift also set a new record for most wins by a female artist in history (previously held by Whitney Houston) by taking home four new titles — Tour of the Year, Artist of the Year, Best Pop/Rock Female Artist and Best Pop/Rock Album.

American Music Awards 2018, Taylor Swift, Sizzling Performance, Complete List, Winners with NomineesAmerican Music Awards 2018, Taylor Swift, Sizzling Performance, Complete List, Winners with Nominees

Other wins include Camila Cabello‘s “Havana” feat. Young Thug (three wins for Best Collaboration, Video of the Year, Favorite Pop/Rock Song), Cardi B, Post Malone, Migos, Khalid, Rihanna, XXXTENTACION, BTS and the Black Panther soundtrack.

See the complete list of winners (in bold) and nominees below and share your thoughts in the comments.

American Music Awards 2018, Complete List, Winners, with Nominees

ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Drake
Imagine Dragons
Post Malone
Ed Sheeran
WINNER: Taylor Swift

FAVORITE NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR 

WINNER: Camila Cabello
Cardi B
Khalid
Dua Lipa
XXXTentacion

FAVORITE COLLABORATION OF THE YEAR 
WINNER: “Havanna,” Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug
“Finesse,” Bruno Mars & Cardi B
“Rockstar,” Post Malone ft. 21 Savage
“Meant to Be,” Beba Rhexha and Florida Georgia Line
“The Middle,” Zedd, Maren Morris and Grey

FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST, POP/ROCK 
Camilla Cabello
Cardi B
WINNER: Taylor Swift

FAVORITE MALE ARTIST, POP/ROCK 
Drake
WINNER: Post Malone
Ed Sheeran

FAVORITE DUO OR GROUP, POP/ROCK 
Imagine Dragons
Maroon 5
WINNER: Migos

FAVORITE SONG, POP/ROCK
WINNER: “Havanna,” Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug
“God’s Plan,” by Drake
“Perfect,” by Ed Sheeran

FAVORITE ALBUM, POP/ROCK 
Scorpion, Drake
÷, Ed Sheeran
WINNER: Reputation, Taylor Swift

FAVORITE MALE ARTIST, COUNTRY 
WINNER: Kane Brown
Luke Bryan
Thomas Rhett

FAVORITE ALBUM, COUNTRY 
WINNER: Kane Brown, Kane Brown
This Ones’s for You, Luke Combs
Life Changes, Thomas Rhett

FAVORITE SONG, COUNTRY 
WINNER: “Heaven,” Kane Brown
“Tequila,” Dan + Shay
“Meant to Be,” Beba Rhexha and Florida Georgia Line

FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST, COUNTRY 
Kelsea Ballerini
Maren Morris
WINNER: Carrie Underwood

American Music Awards 2018, Carrie Underwood, Complete List, Winners, with Nominees

FAVORITE DUO/GROUP, COUNTRY 
Dan + Shay
WINNER: Florida Georgia Line
Lanco

FAVORITE ARTIST, RAP/HIP-HOP 
WINNER: Cardi B
Drake
Post Malone

American Music Awards 2018, Cardi B, Complete List, Winners, with Nominees

FAVORITE MALE ARTIST, SOUL/R&B 
WINNER: Khalid
Bruno Mars
The Weeknd

FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST, SOUL/R&B 
Ella Mai
WINNER: Rihanna
SZA

FAVORITE SONG, SOUL/R&B 
“Young, Dumb, and Broke,” Khalid
“Boo’d Up,” Ella Mai
WINNER: “Finesse,” Bruno Mars & Cardi B

FAVORITE ALBUM, RAP/HIP-HOP 
Scorpion, Drake
Luv Is Rage 2, Lil Uzi Vert
WINNER: Beerbongs & Bentleys, Post Malone

FAVORITE SONG, RAP/HIP-HOP 
WINNER: “Bodak Yellow,” Cardi B
“God’s Plan,” Drake
“Rockstar,” Post Malone ft. 21 Savage

American Music Awards 2018, Taylor Swift, Complete List, Winners, with Nominees

FAVORITE ALBUM, SOUL/R&B
American Teen, Khalid
CTRL, SZA,
WINNER: 17, XXXTentacion

FAVORITE ARTIST, ADULT CONTEMPORARY 
WINNER: Shawn Mendes
Pink
Ed Sheeran

FAVORITE ARTIST, ALTERNATIVE ROCK 
Imagine Dragons
WINNER: Panic at the Disco
Portugal. the Man

FAVORITE SOUNDTRACK 
WINNER: Black Panther
The Greatest Showman
The Fate of the Furious

FAVORITE ARTIST, LATIN 
J Balvin
WINNER: Daddy Yankee
Ozuna

FAVORITE ARTIST, CONTEMPORARY INSPIRATIONAL 
WINNER: Lauren Daigle
Mercyme
Zach Williams

FAVORITE ARTIST, ELECTRONIC DANCE MUSIC 
The Chainsmokers
WINNER: Marshmello
Zedd

FAVORITE SOCIAL ARTIST 
WINNER: BTS
Cardi B
Ariana Grande
Demi Lovato
Shawn Mendes

FAVORITE MUSIC VIDEO 
WINNER: “Havanna,” Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug
“Bodak Yellow (Money Moves),” Cardi B
“God’s Plan,” Drake

American Music Awards 2018, Camila Cabello, Complete List, Winners, with Nominees

FAVORITE TOUR OF THE YEAR
Beyoncé and JAY-Z
Bruno Mars
Ed Sheeran
WINNER: Taylor Swift
U2

 

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