What made "bad" what Taylor Swift did, is being generously rewarded for it, since she recently broke her own record of a tour of a woman with higher collection by a woman to the cleaning at the American Music Awards on Tuesday at night (October 9).
The pop star, who opened the show with a performance of "I Did Something Bad" full of snakes and full of crore, last year. reputation, exceeded Whitney Houston's record for most of the AMA victories of a female artist in the show's history, taking home four trophies (tour of the year, favorite album – pop / rock, favorite female artist – pop / rock and artist of the year) and bringing his overall total to 23.
"Every time [I win an award]"It means something different," Swift said as he accepted the artist of the year award, the last honor of the night. "[This one] It represents the encouragement and motivation for me to be better, work more and try to make you feel proud. "
He also noted that the winners of the AMA are determined by public voting, and referred to his recent endorsement of candidates that breaks the Internet at the end of his speech: "Do you know what else votes people? Midterm elections on 6 Come out and vote. "Earlier in the evening, presenter Billy Eichner paused in his adjudication to the favorite adult contemporary artist to also refer to his endorsement, telling viewers to vote" as Taylor Swift told a. ")
His (literally) explosive performance of "I Did Something Bad" set the tone for the night, not only in regards to pyrotechnics, although there was a lot of that, thanks to the explosive piece of the Twenty One Pilots and Cardi car. B fireworks grinders, but also when it came to women who dominated the show: most of the performers of the night were female artists, women provided most of the show's most striking performances, and even outside of the show. Swift, they took many of them. of the key prizes, from Cardi (favorite rap / hip-hop artist) to Camila Cabello (favorite pop / rock song, video of the year, new artist of the year and the best collaboration).
Many of the greatest male superstars of music were not present either, in more ways than one. Sometimes they were literally Not present: Panic! in the nightclub he covered "Bohemian Rhapsody" via satellite from Australia. At other times, they cultivated a more ghostly vibe on purpose: Twenty One Pilots dramatic lighting for "Jumpsuit" emphasized the music, not the artists, and still ended up being one of the highlights of the night.
However, some pop plays barely made an impact on the evening's programming despite their omnipresence in the culture: neither Drake nor Ed Sheeran attended the show nor won any of the prizes for which they were nominated. And one of the most notable winners of the night was actually a posthumous triumph: XXX Temptation won the prize for his favorite album – soul / R & B, which was accepted by his mother, Cleopatra, who gave a short speech.
The performances were a mixture of the spectacular and the subtle. Cardi B joined J. Balvin and Bad Bunny to turn the AMA into a Latin paradise, complete with palm trees, during "Like". Dua Lipa took the audience to a rave that shone in the dark with a mix of "One Kiss", his successful collaboration with Calvin Harris, and "Electricity", his recent team with Silk City (also known as Mark Ronson and Diplo). Jennifer Lopez, after her presentation of the MTV Video Music Awards in August, performed her new song "Limitless" in the middle of a stormy scene and a large phalanx of dancers. And Ciara and Missy Elliott got together for a mix of "Level Up" and "Dose" that increased the pulse and ended with a band assaulting the stage, and could have doubled as a training class for anyone trying to follow the movements of Ciara. . (Even Cardi B stood up to shoot by the end of the performance).
Other artists, such as Mariah Carey and Camila Cabello, kept him discreet: the first, who debuted his new single "With You" on television, remained almost motionless in an elaborate pink dress that opened to reveal a small squad of dancers More Late in the evening, Cabello took the stage with the backing of a mini orchestra to interpret the ballad "Consecuencias", which the singer revealed on Instagram this week and is the last single from her debut album. Camila.
Cabello's performance was one of the many that felt like victory laps for new artists who recently graduated from the JV squad of pop stardom for varsity players. Cabello's solo creation album came in early January of this year, and for this time last year, "Havana" was barely a month old. Dua Lipa's "New Rules" was still a few months away from its Hot 100 peak last fall, and it is also closing the chapter of its debut album with a deluxe edition (which includes "One Kiss" and "Electricity") more go ahead this month.
Meanwhile, Ella Mai, still new to the award-winning circuit, performed this year's bouncy hit, "Boo & # 39; d Up," before her debut album fell on Friday. And then there's Khalid: at the 2017 AMA, the newcomer received a profile boost when he joined Imagine Dragons for a joint performance; this time, the singer (who won the prize for the Favorite Male Artist – Soul / R & B) gave star power to producer Benny Blanco, who now releases music under his own name, at Blanco's first prize presentation. (Well, the "performance" can be generous: mostly White relied on a recreation of his home studio, while Khalid and his "Eastside" vocalist Halsey did the heavy lifting.)
Despite the younger programming, the American Music Awards dedicated one of the most important performance slots to a historical icon: Aretha Franklin. For the grand finale, the show recruited soul legend Gladys Knight, as well as Ledisi, Mary Mary and Donnie McClurkin for a performance that paid tribute to the roots of Franklin's gospel. It's not exactly the kind of thing that would be expected in a show like the AMA, where the likes of Gen-Z and the 40 favorites seem to prevail, but following the much-criticized tribute to Madonna's Aretha in the VMA, this wisely adhered only to music – and it pumps as much energy into the show as anything that involves flames and explosions. In the AMA of 2018, only the divas got the first and last word.