Released Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018|6:13 p.m.
Updated Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018|8:49 p.m.
Taylor Swift began her week with a rare political post on social media, and at the American Music Awards she continued the conversation by motivating fans to vote in the upcoming midterm elections.
Swift won 4 honors including artist of the year at the fan-voted program on Tuesday in Los Angeles, beating out Drake, Ed Sheeran, Think Of Dragons and Post Malone for the leading reward.
” This award and each and every single award given out tonight were voted on by the people, and you understand what else is voted on by the individuals,” she stated, “the midterm elections on November 6.”
Swift revealed on Sunday that she was electing Tennessee’s Democratic Senate candidate Phil Bredesen, breaking her enduring refusal to go over anything politics.
Ballot was a hot subject at the AMAs. Host and Golden Globe-winning “black-ish” starlet Tracee Ellis Ross used a t-shirt that stated, “I am a voter,” and comedian-actor Billy Eichner told the audience, “The greatest election of our lifetime is taking place.”
” Please get your friends and inform them to vote. Now is the time. If you think in equality for women, for people of color, for the LGBTQ neighborhood. If you believe that climate modification is real which we need to do something about it,” he said onstage before presenting an award.
” And you can go to Vote.org like Taylor Swift informed you to,” he added.
Swift made history by becoming the most decorated lady in the show’s history with a total of 23 AMAs. Despite having the year’s top-selling album and three No. 1 strikes, Drake didn’t win a single award. He did not attend the show however connected Cardi B with the majority of nominations strolling into the AMAs.
Swift started the show with an efficiency of “I Did Something Bad,” while Cardi B– who won three honors– got the night’s very first award, preferred hip-hop/rap artist, which she devoted to her daughter.
” I truly wish to thank my child,” said Cardi B, who brought to life Kulture Kiari Cephus in July. “I got ta prove people wrong. They stated I wasn’t going to make it after I had a child.”
The rapper struck the phase to provide a joyful and colorful efficiency 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 spouse, Offset of the rap trio Migos, danced along in the audience with group member Quavo as Cardi B worked the phase with dynamic dance moves, including the salsa.
Cardi B returned the favor, yelling gladly when Migos was called favorite pop/rock duo or group, vanquishing Maroon 5 and Picture Dragons, later on in the show.
” We did not understand we was winning this at all,” stated Quavo, likewise offering a shout-out to group member Launch, who didn’t participate in the AMAs.
” I want to thank you attractive woman,” Offset said, indicating Cardi B.
Like Cardi B’s performance, rising newcomer Ella Mai likewise won over the crowd when she sang the year’s biggest R&B hit, “Boo ‘d Up,” beginning the performance as she strolled down the aisle of the Microsoft Theater. Khalid, Quavo and Offset were a few of the audience members dancing along, while others sang and some even shot her with their phones.
Others who shined onstage consisted of R&B singer Ciara, who showed off her knowledgeable dance relocations and was signed up with by a strong Missy Elliott. Carrie Underwood was in ideal kind vocally, and Camila Cabello– who tied Swift with four wins– provided a heartful, touching and vocally remarkable performance of the ballad “Consequences,” earning her a standing ovation.
The three-hour program closed with a rousing homage to Aretha Franklin, who died in August. Gladys Knight, Ledisi, Mary Mary, Donnie McClurkin and CeCe Winans were amongst the artists who paid tribute to the Queen of Soul’s gospel roots and her iconic album, “Remarkable Grace.”
Rapper-singer XXXTentacion, who was fatally shot in June, was likewise honored: He won favorite soul/R&& B album for his 2017 launching, “17.” It was days after he was named finest new artist at the BET Hip-Hop Awards.
His mother, Cleopatra Bernard, stated she was honored to accept the award on behalf of her kid. “I’m so worried,” Bernard said as the audience cheered her on.
Kane Brown swept the country classifications with 3 wins, consisting of male artist, album and song.
Post Malone, who used a child blue match and carried out, won favorite pop/rock male artist, Underwood was called preferred nation female artist and Khalid picked up favorite soul/R&& B male artist.
Other entertainers included Mariah Carey, Jennifer Lopez, Shawn Mendes and twenty one pilots.