Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Swift hinted she’d started work on her seventh album Taylor Swift not only opened the American Music Awards with a fiery performance of I Did Something Bad, but she went on to dominate the show.The star won four trophies, including artist of the year, making her the ceremony’s most-decorated…
Taylor Swift not only opened the American Music Awards with a fiery performance of I Did Something Bad, but she went on to dominate the show.
The star won four trophies, including artist of the year, making her the ceremony’s most-decorated female ever.
She now holds 23 AMAs, beating a record previously held by Whitney Houston.
Resembling nothing less than an explosion in a branch of Claire’s Accessories; Cardi B’s vibrant, multicoloured performance was stunning even before she wheeled Bad Bunny on stage in a shopping trolley.
She went on to flex her leg over her head and ride a bicycle across the stage (sadly not at the same time) – leaving SNL star Taran Killam somewhat lost for words.
Setting out her stall for next year’s Grammy Awards, Dua Lipa performed two massive house hits – One Kiss and Electricity – while being doused in UV fluorescent paint by a troupe of dancers.
The stage recreated the warehouse setting of her Electricity video – itself a callback to Janet Jackson’s Pleasure Principle – while Dua prompted gasps from the audience by falling backwards from a 10-foot-high metal staircase.
Luckily, there were some dancers ready to catch her.
An Aretha Franklin tribute closed the show
Aretha Franklin was a regular guest at the AMAs, as a host, performer, and winner – so it seemed fitting that the ceremony would close with a tribute to the star.
Eschewing hits like Respect and Dr Feelgood, the performance focused on her gospel roots and her favourite hymns, including several from her best-selling 1972 live album, Amazing Grace.
Gladys Knight opened the segment with a heartfelt rendition of Amazing Grace, before being joined by Mary Mary, Ce Ce Winans, Ledisi and Donnie McClurkins for a medley that included How I Got Over, Mary Don’t You Weep and Climb Higher Mountains,” which was used as the recessional song at Franklin’s funeral.
During the performance, the cameras panned around to the audience, where Franklin’s granddaughter Victoria was watching in tears.
Full list of winners
ARTIST OF THE YEAR – Taylor Swift
BEST NEW ARTIST – Camila Cabello
COLLABORATION OF THE YEAR – Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug: Havana
TOUR OF THE YEAR – Taylor Swift: Reputation World Tour
VIDEO OF THE YEAR – Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug: Havana
FAVOURITE SOCIAL ARTIST – BTS
FAVOURITE MALE ARTIST (POP/ROCK) – Post Malone
FAVOURITE FEMALE ARTIST (POP/ROCK) – Taylor Swift
FAVOURITE DUO OR GROUP (POP/ROCK) – Migos
FAVOURITE ALBUM (POP/ROCK) – Taylor Swift: Reputation
FAVOURITE SONG (POP/ROCK) – Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug: Havana
FAVOURITE MALE ARTIST (COUNTRY) – Kane Brown
FAVOURITE FEMALE ARTIST (COUNTRY) – Carrie Underwood
FAVOURITE DUO or GROUP (COUNTRY) – Florida Georgia Line
FAVOURITE ALBUM (COUNTRY) – Kane Brown: Kane Brown
FAVOURITE SONG (COUNTRY) – Kane Brown: Heaven
FAVOURITE ARTIST (RAP/HIPHOP) – Cardi B
FAVOURITE ALBUM (RAP/HIPHOP) – Post Malone: Beerbongs & Bentleys
FAVOURITE SONG (RAP/HIPHOP) – Cardi B: Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)
FAVOURITE MALE ARTIST (SOUL/R&B) – Khalid
FAVOURITE FEMALE ARTIST (SOUL/R&B) – Rihanna
FAVOURITE ALBUM (SOUL/R&B) – XXXTentacion: 17
FAVOURITE SONG (SOUL/R&B) – Bruno Mars & Cardi B: Finesse
FAVOURITE ARTIST (ALTERNATIVE ROCK) – Panic! At The Disco
FAVOURITE ARTIST (ADULT CONTEMPORARY) – Shawn Mendes
FAVOURITE ARTIST (LATIN) – Daddy Yankee
FAVOURITE ARTIST (CONTEMPORARY INSPIRATIONAL) – Lauren Daigle
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