2018 AMAs Recap: Taylor Swift Makes History, Cardi B Lights Up a Stage

Whatever “bad” thing Taylor Swift did, she’s removing handsomely rewarded for it, from recently violation her possess record for a highest-grossing U.S. debate by a lady to cleaning adult during a American Music Awards on Tuesday night (Oct. 9).

The cocktail star, who non-stop a uncover with a choreo-heavy, snake-filled opening of “I Did Something Bad” from final year’s reputation, surfaced Whitney Houston’s record for a many AMA wins by a womanlike artist in a program’s history, holding home 4 trophies (tour of a year, favorite manuscript — pop/rock, favorite womanlike artist — pop/rock and artist of a year) and bringing her grand sum to 23. 

“Every singular time [I win an award], it means something different,” Swift pronounced while usurpation a artist of a year award, a final honor of a night. “[This one] represents support and proclivity for me to be improved and work harder and try to make we guys proud.”

She also remarkable that AMA winners are dynamic by open voting, and referenced her new Internet-breaking claimant publicity during a finish of her speech: “You know what else is voted on by a people? The mid-term elections on Nov 6. Get out and vote.” (Earlier in a evening, presenter Billy Eichner paused his awarding of favorite adult contemporary artist to anxiety her publicity as well, telling viewers to go opinion “like Taylor Swift told we to.”)

Her (literally) bomb opening of “I Did Something Bad” set a tinge for a evening, not usually when it came to pyrotechnics – though there was copiousness of that, interjection to Twenty One Pilots’ exploding-car set square and Cardi B’s firework pinwheels – but also when it came to women winning a show: Most of a evening’s lead performers were womanlike artists, women supposing many of a show’s many eye-catching performances, and – even outward of Swift – they took him many of a pivotal awards, from Cardi (favorite artist rap/hip-hop) to Camila Cabello (favorite pop/rock song, video of a year, new artist of a year and best collaboration).

Many of music’s biggest masculine superstars were also frequency present, in some-more ways than one. Sometimes they were literally not present: Panic! during a Disco lonesome “Bohemian Rhapsody” around satellite from Australia. At other times, they cultivated a some-more resounding vibe on purpose: Twenty One Pilots’ dramatic, ominously illuminated set-up for “Jumpsuit” emphasized a music, not a artists creation it — and still finished adult being one of a evening’s highlights.

Still, a few cocktail juggernauts hardly done an impact on a evening’s programming notwithstanding their omnipresence in a culture: Neither Drake nor Ed Sheeran attended a uncover or won any of a awards they were nominated for. And one of a many critical winners of a dusk was indeed a post-mortem win: XXXTentacion won a endowment for favorite manuscript – soul/RB, that was supposed by his mother, Cleopatra, who gave a brief speech. 

The performances were a brew of a fantastic and a subtle. Cardi B teamed adult with J. Balvin and Bad Bunny to spin a AMAs into Latin paradise, finish with palm trees, during “I Like It.” Dua Lipa led audiences into a glow-in-the-dark soap-box with a miscellany of “One Kiss,” her strike collab with Calvin Harris, and “Electricity,” her new team-up with Silk City (a.k.a. Mark Ronson and Diplo). Jennifer Lopez — following her show-stopping MTV Video Music Awards opening in Aug — achieved her new strain “Limitless” amid a inclement backdrop and a vast phalanx of dancers. And Ciara and Missy Elliott reunited for a pulse-spiking miscellany of “Level Up” and “Dose” that finished with a marching rope attack a stage, and could have doubled as a work-out category for anyone perplexing to follow along with Ciara’s moves. (Even Cardi B got to her feet to slit along by a performance’s end.)

Other artists, like Mariah Carey and Camila Cabello, kept it low-key: The former, debuting new singular “With You” for a initial time on TV, stood mostly still in an elaborate pinkish dress that non-stop adult to exhibit a tiny patrol of dancers. Later in a evening, Cabello took a theatre corroborated by a mini band to perform the ballad “Consequences,” that a thespian suggested on Instagram this week is a final singular from her entrance album, Camila.

Cabello’s opening was one of several that felt like feat laps for a new artists who recently graduated from a JV patrol of cocktail stardom to varsity players. Cabello’s star-making solo manuscript arrived in early Jan of this year, and by this time final year, “Havana” was hardly a month old. Dua Lipa’s “New Rules” was still a few months divided from a Hot 100 rise final fall, and she’s also shutting a section on her entrance manuscript with a fine book (featuring both “One Kiss” and “Electricity”) out after this month.

Meanwhile, Ella Mai, still new to a awards-show circuit, achieved this year’s exile strike “Boo’d Up” forward of her entrance manuscript dropping this Friday. And afterwards there’s Khalid: At a 2017 AMAs, a then-newcomer got a profile-raising boost when he assimilated Imagine Dragons for a corner performance; this time, a thespian (who took home a endowment for Favorite Male Artist — Soul/RB) lent his star appetite to writer Benny Blanco, now releasing strain underneath his possess name, in Blanco’s initial awards uncover opening ever. (Well, “performance” might be inexhaustible – Blanco mostly lounged around a distraction of his home studio while Khalid and associate “Eastside” vocalist Halsey did a complicated lifting.)

Despite a younger-leaning programming, the American Music Awards did persevere one of the most critical opening slots to a history-making icon: Aretha Franklin. For a grand finale, a show recruited essence fable Gladys Knight as good as Ledisi, Mary Mary and Donnie McClurkin for a opening that paid reverence to Franklin’s gospel roots. It’s not accurately a kind of thing you’d design on a uncover like a AMAs, where Gen-Z tastes and tip 40 favorites seem to rule, but following Madonna’s much-criticized Aretha tribute during a VMAs, this one wisely stranded to usually a strain – and pumped as most appetite into a show as anything involving abandon and explosions. At the 2018 AMAs, usually a divas got a initial and final word.

American Music Awards 2018

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