2018 American Music Awards: Taylor Swift, Cardi B and Camila Cabello shine among this year's winners

2018 American Music Awards: Taylor Swift, Cardi B and Camila Cabello shine among this year's winners

The 2018 American Music Awards, the world’s largest fan-voted awards show, was hosted by ABC’s 'black-ish' star Tracee Ellis Ross for the second year in a row. Ross wowed fans with her comedic timing, wit and numerous costume changes throughout the night, where music fans watched their favorite artistes and pop culture icons come together to celebrate music breaking barriers and those new to the contemporary music scene, live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Tuesday, October 9, 2018, at 8:00 pm on ABC.

Taylor Swift stole the night with a fiery, heart-pumping show-opening performance of her single 'I Did Something Bad', in a sparkly one piece and thigh high boots as a cobra emerged over the flames on stage. She continued to take the stage throughout the night, taking home a total of four awards – surpassing Whitney Houston’s record of 21 trophies, and setting a new AMA record for most wins by a female of all time, 23.

Jennifer Lopez took the stage to sing her new powerful ballad 'Limitless' from her film 'Second Act', and as usual wowed viewers with an electric performance and moving message.


Record-breaking female rapper Cardi B took over the AMA stage with a vibrant, Latin-inspired performance of her hit single 'I Like It', with J Balvin and Bad Bunny. Gospel and soul’s biggest names came out to salute the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin, in an uplifting performance directed by musical prodigy Rickey Minor. Gladys Knight, CeCe Winans, Donnie McClurkin, Ledisi, and Mary Mary sang gospel songs that Franklin had become synonymous with like 'Amazing Grace' and 'Climbing Higher Mountains', that got the audience to their feet and reminded us why Aretha reigned Queen.


From Brisbane, Australia, rock duo Panic! at the Disco performed Queen’s cult classic rock ballad, 'Bohemian Rhapsody', that got the crowd singing along. The cast of the upcoming biopic about the song’s original creators, including Rami Malek, Joe Mazzello and Gwilym Lee, was onstage in Los Angeles to introduce the nostalgic performance. Other memorable moments included Benny Blanco with Halsey and Khalid, Cardi B’s return to the award show stage after giving birth, Ciara and Missy Elliott’s dance-inducing performance of their collab 'Level Up', Ella Mai’s performance of 'Boo’d Up' and her special encore performance presented by Xfinity.


The evening included additional knockout performances from Camila Cabello, Carrie Underwood, Dua Lipa, Mariah Carey, Post Malone featuring Ty Dolla $ign, Shawn Mendes with Zedd and Twenty One Pilots.

Check out the list of winners below:

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


Favorite Album Pop/Rock

Taylor Swift 'Reputation'

Favorite Song Pop/Rock

Camila Cabello featuring Young Thug 'Havana'

Favorite Male Artist Country

Kane Brown

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”

Favorite Artist Rap/Hip-Hop

Cardi B

Favorite Album Rap//Hip-Hop

Post Malone 'Beerbongs and Bentlys'

Favorite Song Rap/Hip-Hop

Cardi B 'Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)'

Favorite Male Artist Soul/R&B


Favorite Female Artist Soul/R&B


Favorite Album Soul/R&B


Favorite Song Soul/R&B

Bruno Mars and Cardi B 'Finesse'

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

Favorite Artist Contemporary Inspirational

Lauren Daigle

Favorite Artist Electronic Dance Music


Favorite Soundtrack

'Black Panther: The Album, Music From And Inspired By'

Favorite Social Artist of the Year Presented By Xfinity


New Artist of the Year Presented By Capital One Savor Card

Camila Cabello

Collaboration of the Year

Camila Cabello featuring Young Thug 'Havana'

To close, here's more from the red carpet:

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