SWIFT SWEEPS AMAS
Taylor Swift talks politics as she breaks Whitney Houston’s record to become the most decorated female artist in American Music Awards history after scooping four gongs, taking her total to a whopping 23!
TAYLOR SWIFT KICKED off her week with a rare political post on social media, and at the American Music Awards (AMA) 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 November 6.”
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.
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.
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 Theater.
Khalid, Quavo and Offset were some of the audience members dancing along, while others sang and some even filmed her with their phones.
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 favorite 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.
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, Carrie Underwood was named Favourite Country Female Artist and Khalid picked up Favorite Soul/r&b Male Artist.
Other performers included Mariah Carey, Jennifer Lopez, Shawn Mendes and twenty one pilots.
Camila Cabello tied with Taylor Swift with
J Balvin (left) Cardi B and Bad Bunny put