Published: Wed, October 10, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Dora Pope

Here's Everything You Missed From the 2018 AMAs

Here's Everything You Missed From the 2018 AMAs

The gongs brought her to a career total of 23 AMAs, meaning she overtook Whitney Houston for the most wins by a female artist at the fan-voted show.

Referring to the fact the awards were "voted for by the people", Swift said: "You know what else is voted on by the people?", before telling fans to "get out and vote" at the midterm elections. In a lengthy essay, Swift said she couldn't vote for Republican Marsha Blackburn due to her positions on issues such as equal pay, domestic violence and gay rights and instead threw her support behind former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen, a Democrat.

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. So to accept the award on his behalf was his mother, Cleopatra Bernard.

Swift won three awards at the AMAs, but she saved politics for her last acceptance speech of the night.

Before they handed out the award for the year's Favorite Adult Contemporary Artist, Billy Eichner and Kathryn Hahn made a plea to viewers: vote. "Thanks guys, I appreciate it". Cardi B and Drake are tied with the most nominations leading into the big show; both rappers are nominated in eight categories, though only Cardi will be taking the stage to perform.

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Among the performances, a tribute to the late Aretha Franklin is planned.

Other winners included Post Malone (male pop/rock artist), Khalid (male soul/R&B artist), and country star Carrie Underwood, who accepted her 13th American Music Award.

"Please, please educate yourself on the candidates running in your state and vote based on who most closely represents your values", she said.

Cabello's Havana took Pop/Rock Song and Underwood was recognised as the favourite Country Female Artist.

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