Too busy to watch the American Music Awards on Tuesday night? We have you Here you have everything you need to know about the star-studded show, from Missy Elliott's appointment to an emotional award for the late rapper XXXTentacion.

Let's start with Taylor Swift, okay?

Swift, who opened the show with a version of Smokin & # 39; from "I Did Something Bad", won four honors, including artist of the year in the show voted by fans, beating Drake, Ed Sheeran, Imagine Dragons and Post Malone for the first prize. She also continued her political streak, urging people to vote in the midterms next month.

But what really made Twitter promoted? Swift made fun of what many people think his "Reputation" album will be. "I always see albums as chapters of my life," he said on stage. "And I'm so … for the fans, I'm so happy that you like this one, I'm so happy that this means you like this one," he said. "But I have to be really honest with you about something: I'm even more excited about the next chapter."

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The late rapper XXXTentacion was honored.

Rapper and singer XXXTentacion, who received a fatal shot in June, posthumously won his favorite soul / R & B album for his debut in 2017, "17", just days after he was named best new artist in the BET Hip- Hop Awards Her mother, Cleopatra Bernard, said she was honored to accept the award on behalf of her son. "I'm so nervous," Bernard said as the audience cheered her on.

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Cardi B avoided talking about Nicki Minaj completely.

Instead of stoking the flames of his enmity with Minaj, Cardi B kept the focus on his family. After a presentation of "I Like It" in salsa, where J Balvin and Bad Bunny joined, Cardi dedicated the prize to his favorite hip-hop / rap artist to his daughter, Kulture, who was born in July. "I really want to thank my daughter," said Cardi B, while husband Offset encouraged her from the audience. "I have to prove that people are wrong, they said I was not going to do it after having a baby."

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Gladys Knight honored Aretha Franklin in a powerful tribute

The three-hour show closed with a tribute to Franklin, who died of pancreatic cancer in August. Knight, Ledisi, Mary Mary, Donnie McClurkin and CeCe Winans were some of the musicians who paid homage to the soul roots of the Queen of the Soul and their iconic album, "Amazing Grace". As the gentleman sang, WSB-TV He identified Franklin's granddaughter watching from the audience.

Missy Elliot crushed him on stage with Ciara, and brought the best date!

Remember this summer when Mary Halsey went viral during the summer with her gracious cover of the 2002 song "Work It" by Elliott? Well, Elliot returned the favor on Tuesday night, bringing Halsey as his plus one. After Elliot gave an electric performance of "Level Up" with Ciara, the hip hop artist shouted at Halsey: "Look at my Funky White Sista! Ayyyye"

Elliot even responded to USA TODAY after the show. "I love Mary and honestly her spirit is so beautiful and sincere!" she tweeted

A complete list of the winners is here.


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Contributing: The Associated Press

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