The 2018 American Music Awards are within the books. Taylor Swift received huge, the have been a handful of outstanding performances, quite a few stars rallied voters for the 2018 midterm elections, and lots of different far sillier (but notable) issues occurred.
Here are the 9 highlights from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.
Taylor Swift Opens the Show
Once you attain ultamegasuperstardom, award present performances get rather less frequent, so Taylor Swift's show-starting "I Did Something Bad" efficiency was must-see tv for pop followers. Fresh off a protracted string of Reputation Tour dates, Swift was sharp and on-point, delivering the observe's venomous traces and shifting, shaking, and slithering amongst her staff of backing dancers, and an enormous cobra.
But this was removed from the final we heard from her this night…
“I Like It” Roars To Life
After taking dwelling the award for Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Artist, Cardi B led one of many night’s most electrical, unforgettable performances. We could be within the second week of October, however Cardi, Bad Bunny, and J Balvin introduced jubilant block celebration vibes to the AMAs stage with their rendition of their summer season smash “I Like It.” Horns blared, percussion clanged, guitars strummed, and the trio delivered their vocal components with perspective, all decked out in absurdly enjoyable seems. It’s uncommon to get three stars this huge in the identical room to carry out a success like this, even rarer for it to be pulled off so properly. Salute.
The Performance Was So Amazing…
It managed to make Taran Killam one way or the other the evening's largest gif.
Twenty One Pilots Rock Hard
Twenty One Pilots meant enterprise. After releasing their much-hyped album Trench final week, they've made no secret how badly they wish to end atop the Billboard 200 this weekend. Thoughts on A Trench Is Born however, this raucous efficiency did nothing however assist their trigger. Recent single “Jumpsuit" is a heavy, cathartic tune to start with, and Twenty One Pilots emphasised all its finest factors with a pummeling, pyro-filled spectacle.
Halsey, Sitting On a Couch, Literally Tweeting During Her “Eastside” Performance
She sounded fairly good too!
Stars Rock the Vote
Ahead of handing out the award for Adult Contemporary Artist, actress Kathryn Hahn and actor/comic Billy Eichner rallied younger voters to get registered and vote within the soon-to-come 2018 elections:
"Young individuals of America, the largest election of our lifetime is occurring. That's proper. Tonight is the ultimate evening to register in 20 states on this nation… Please seize your folks. Tell them to vote. If you consider in equality for girls, for individuals of coloration, for the LGBTQ neighborhood. If you consider that local weather change is actual and that we have to do one thing about it, don't let anybody inform you your vote received't depend."
Same for Taylor Swift, who urged viewers to vote within the midterm elections on the very finish of her Artist of the Year acceptance speech:
And typically it’s the little issues that actually matter. In accepting his award for Favorite Male Artist, Khalid, a Texas native, added a little bit “Shout out Beto,” nodding to Beto O'Rourke, the Democratic challenger for Ted Cruz’s Texas Senate seat.
Taylor Swift Takes Home the Hardware
Capping off an evening that was nothing however an enormous "W" for Swift, she captured 4 awards — Artist of the Year, Tour of the Year, Favorite Female Artist – Pop/Rock, and Favorite Album – Pop/Rock — giving her extra all-time wins than any feminine artist in AMAs historical past.
But She Wasn't the Only Reputation Tour Artist to Win Four Trophies…
And It All Ended With…
A rousing tribute to the late, nice Aretha Franklin that includes Gladys Knight, Ledisi, Donnie McClurkin, CeCe Winans and Mary Mary. The complete manufacturing centered on Franklin’s gospel roots, that includes songs like “Amazing Grace,” “Climb Higher Mountains,” and "Mary Don't You Weep," all time-tested requirements she’d breathed life into over the course of her unimaginable profession. Respect.