The 2018 American Music Awards Equaled An Empowering Night For Female Artists

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JENNIFER LOPEZ
Jennifer Lopez performs at the 2018 American Music Awards.

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Music icons and chart-topping heavyweights gathered at Microsoft Theater L.A. Live for the 2018 American Music Awards, one of the year’s biggest evenings in the industry. From the show-stopping Aretha Franklin tribute to Taylor Swift’s record-breaking wins and energy-filled performances by Jennifer Lopez, Cardi B, Dua Lipa and others, it was an empowering night for female artists.

TAYLOR SWIFT
Taylor Swift took home four trophies at the 2018 American Music Awards, bringing her record-setting total up to 23.

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On hand for every memory-making moment at this year’s American Music Awards was host Tracee Ellis Ross, star of ABC’s Black-ish, who returned to emcee for the second year in a row, infusing the awards show with her trademark brand of humor, style and musicality.

TRACEE ELLIS ROSS
Tracee Ellis Ross hosted the 2018 American Music Awards.

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The show got off to a sensational start, when Taylor Swift performed her high-energy single “I Did Something Bad.” Strutting across the stage in a glittery bodysuit and thigh-high boots, the singer-songwriter performed the hit with her backup dancers as a cobra and flames appeared onstage.

TAYLOR SWIFT
Taylor Swift performed her single “I Did Something Bad.”

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The crowd saw a lot more of Taylor Swift throughout the evening, as the talented star ultimately took home four awards — Artist of the Year, Favorite Female Artist Pop/Rock, Favorite Album Pop/Rock (for Reputation), and Tour of the Year. The wins brought Swift’s total number of American Music Awards up to 23, surpassing the previous record-breaker, none other than the late great Whitney Houston, who has 21 trophies to her name.

CAMILA CABELLO
Camilo Cabello performed her single “Havana” and took home four AMAs, including New Artist of the Year.

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Another big winner was Taylor Swift’s tourmate Camila Cabello, who also performed and took home four of her own AMAs, including Favorite Song Pop/Rock, Favorite Music Video and Collaboration of the Year for her hit “Havana,” featuring Young Thug. Cabello was also named New Artist of the Year.

Cardi B performed her single "I Like It" and took home three AMAs.
Cardi B performed her single “I Like It” and took home three AMAs.

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Cardi B also had plenty of reasons to celebrate — three, to be exact, including Favorite Artist Rap/Hip-Hop, Favorite Song Rap/Hip-Hop (for “Bodak Yellow”), and Favorite Song Soul/R&B (for “Finesse” with Bruno Mars, who won big last year). Singer and songwriter Kane Brown tied Cardi B that evening, taking home three awards in the country music category.

OFFSET, CARDI B
Offset and Cardi B

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Another win for Cardi B was her return to the American Music Awards stage following the July birth of her daughter with husband, rapper Offset. She performed her Latin-inspired, beat-driven hit  “I Like It” with J Balvin and Bad Bunny

BEBE REXHA, JENNIFER LOPEZ, ALEX RODRIGUEZ
Bebe Rexha, Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez

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Other standout performances came from Jennifer Lopez, who belted out the ballad “Limitless” from her film Second Act (as boyfriend Alex Rodriguez looked on from the audience); Panic! at the Disco, who paid tribute to Queen with their rendition of “Bohemian Rhapsody,” performed live in Sydney, Australia; Carrie Underwood, who’s currently expecting her second child with NHL player Mike Fisher; and Dua Lipa, who turned the stage into a dance party as always.

DUA LIPA
Dua Lipa gave a high-energy performance.

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More performers included Mariah Carey; Post Malone featuring Ty Dolla $ign; Benny Blanco with Halsey and Khalid; Ciara and Missy Elliott; Ella Mai; Shawn Mendes and Zedd; and Twenty One Pilots.

CIARA
Ciara performed with Missy Elliott (not pictured).

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The show’s most triumphant but most bittersweet moment came when Tracee Ellis Ross introduced the tribute to American’s Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. Ross welcome to the stage Ledisi, Donnie McClurkin, CeCe Winans, Mary Mary and “the one and only” Gladys Knight, who combined musical forces under the direction of Rickey Minor to perform “Amazing Grace” and “Climbing Higher Mountains.” The spirited salute brought audience members to their feet as they celebrated the life and music of of the legend we lost earlier this year.

GLADYS KNIGHT
Gladys Knight, along with others, performed a tribute to Aretha Franklin.

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Throughout the evening the roster of stylish and talented presenters included notables such as Amber Heard, Heidi Klum, Constance Wu, John Stamos, Busy Philipps, Billy Eichner, Evan Ross, Ashlee Simpson, Kathryn Hahn, Kelsea Ballerini, Lenny Kravitz, Macaulay Culkin, Leighton Meester, Tyra Banks, Vanessa Hudgens and others.

VANESSA HUDGENS
Vanessa Hudgens was a presenter.

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See the full list of winners below.

American Music Awards 2018 Winners

Artist of the Year — Taylor Swift

Favorite Male Artist Pop/Rock — Post Malone

Favorite Female Artist Pop/Rock — Taylor Swift

Favorite Duo or Group Pop/Rock — Migos

Favorite Album Pop/Rock — Taylor Swift “reputation”

Favorite Song Pop/Rock — Camila Cabello featuring Young Thug “Havana”

Heidi Klum on the red carpet
Heidi Klum on the red carpet

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Favorite Female Artist Country — Carrie Underwood

Favorite Duo or Group Country — Florida Georgia Line

Favorite Album Country — Kane Brown “Kane Brown”

Favorite Song Country — Kane Brown “Heaven”

Carrie Underwood on the red carpet
Carrie Underwood on the red carpet

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Favorite Artist Rap/Hip-Hop — Cardi B

Favorite Album Rap//Hip-Hop — Post Malone “Beerbongs & Bentlys”

Favorite Song Rap/Hip-Hop — Cardi B “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)”

Favorite Male Artist Soul/R&B — Khalid

Favorite Female Artist Soul/R&B — Rihanna

Favorite Album Soul/R&B — XXXTENTACION “17”

Favorite Song Soul/R&B — Bruno Mars & Cardi B “Finesse”

EVAN ROSS, ASHLEE SIMPSON
Evan Ross and Ashlee Simpson

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Tour of the Year — Taylor Swift

Favorite Music Video — Camila Cabello featuring Young Thug “Havana”

Favorite Artist Alternative Rock — Panic! At The Disco

Favorite Artist Adult Contemporary — Shawn Mendes

Favorite Artist Latin — Daddy Yankee

JOSEPH MAZZELLO, RAMI MALEK, GWILYM LEE
Joseph Mazzello, Rami Malek and Gwilym Lee, stars of the forthcoming Queen Biopic, “Bohemian Rhapsody”

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Favorite Artist Contemporary Inspirational — Lauren Daigle

Favorite Artist Electronic Dance Music — Marshmello

Favorite Soundtrack — “Black Panther: The Album, Music From And Inspired By”

Favorite Social Artist of the Year Presented By Xfinity — BTS

New Artist of the Year Presented By Capital One ® Savor® Card —  Camila Cabello

Collaboration of the Year — Camila Cabello featuring Young Thug, “Havana”

Jennifer Lopez
Jennifer Lopez

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