At the start of the American Music Awards on Tuesday, presenter Tracee Ellis Ross had great news to share about Taylor Swift: "If she wins three awards tonight, she will become the most decorated female artist in the history of the American Music Awards." happened after?
In fact, AMAs voted for by fans are the kind of show in which if you see a superstar sitting in the audience, you can bet they will get a trophy. Such was the case of Swift, who won four awards, tying Camila Cabello for the best of any artist of the night. That means that Swift now has 23 AMAs throughout his career; Whitney Houston previously held the record with 21.
As a result, Swift had a lot of time on stage while picking up the year's tour; pop / rock album; And the most prestigious category of the night, artist of the year. (He also won a female pop / rock artist, who was not televised). While Swift did not become as political as he did in his Instagram post that exploded the Internet this week, he did have a message in his ending. speaks.
"This award and each of the prizes awarded tonight was voted on by the people," Swift said. "And you know what else is voted for by the people are the midterm elections on November 6. Go out and vote! I love you guys."
Here are some highlights of the program, with a complete list of winners below.
1) Swift's performance and statement about his "reputation"
The night often felt like the Taylor Swift Awards, as it started the three-hour broadcast with "I did something wrong," His first live show on TV in almost three years. There was little subtlety with the lyrics, "They are burning all the witches, even if you are not one, they have their pitchforks and their proofs, their receipts and their reasons."
She gestured to herself when she said "witches", probably referring to Kanye West's "Famous" incident and the reaction she received when the Internet decided it was a "snake". During the performance, a giant snake was seen behind her, as Swift has definitely embraced the snake symbol on this year's tour. Swift hinted at all this in his speech for the pop / rock album for the "Reputation" appropriately called.
"All the time I was writing an album based on all the facets of a reputation and how it affects you, what it really means to you, I was surrounded by friends, family and loved ones who never wanted me less depending on the fluctuations. public opinion, "he said. "I always see albums as chapters in my life, and for fans, I'm so happy that you like this one … but I have to be really honest with you about something: I'm even more excited about the next chapter." . "
2) Interpretation and discourse of Cardi B.
Cardi B won three awards: rap / hip-hop song for "Bodak Yellow", soul / R & B song for "Finesse" with Bruno Mars and rap / hip-hop artist. During her speech for the latter, she gave a shout to her 4-month-old daughter and dismissed those who hated her and said it could not be a successful working mother.
"I have to prove that people are wrong, because they said I was not going to do it after having a baby." She also greeted her husband in the audience, Offset, whose trio Migos later won the pop / rock group.
Later, Cardi B offered a very entertaining rendition of "I like" with J Balvin and Bad Bunny, while effortlessly turning in a giant circle.
3) The tribute to Aretha Franklin.
A short video about the Queen of the Soul was broadcast towards the end of the show, and a group of powerful singers (Gladys Knight, CeCe Winans, Donnie McClurkin, Ledisi and Mary Mary) closed the ceremony with "Amazing Grace", "Mary, Don "You do not cry", "How I got over it" and more.
4) Mariah Carey
What to say about Carey's interpretation of "With You", which she performed with an epic mermaid dress that hid a good number of male back dancers inside her? Twitter was not thrilled with your lip sync capabilities, but it was fascinating anyway.
5) Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez
J-Lo sang a ballad, "Limitless", but his baseball star boyfriend also had some time in the spotlight. "Hi, Alex Rodriguez," Ross said, cornered the audience. "So, you're a baseball legend that played for the Yankees. And I only have one question: What are you doing with your skin? Because it's like washing your face with the tears of the baby angels. "
6) Ciara and Missy Elliott
The two stars provided a jolt of energy with "Level Up", and a really impressive dance moves everywhere.
7) The performance of Dua Lipa's painting.
How to describe the British pop star's "One Kiss" and "Electricity" mix: Let's say there was a lot of dancing, rain, kisses and stained paint everywhere, which was visible thanks to a black light on the stage.
8) The few political references.
While presenting the award for the adult contemporary artist with Kathryn Hahn, Billy Eichner made an appeal to young people: "The biggest choice of our life is happening … please gather your friends, tell them to vote". Now is the time, if you believe in equality for women, for people of color, for the LGBTQ community, if you believe that climate change is real and that we have to do something about it. Do not let anyone tell you that your vote does not count. Yes, it counts. And you can go to vote.gov as Taylor Swift told you to do it!
Khalid, who accepted the trophy for the soul / R & B male artist, made a reference to the heated Senate race in his home state: "Cry out at 915, shout to El Paso, Texas; Beto. "
9) Posthumous award of the XXXTentación.
The 20-year-old rapper was killed during the summer; her mother, Cleopatra Bernard, accepted her award for the soul / R & B album, "17".
"I'm very nervous, guys," he told the crowd. "I am honored to accept this award on behalf of my son."
10) The best lines of the night.
When Amber Heard introduced Twenty One Pilots, who sang "Jumpsuit," she told jokes about herself: "Twenty One Pilots, which is exactly how many television shows I've been on that have not been picked up on."
Later, Busy Philipps explained to co-host John Stamos why she is no longer in love with him: "The poster on my wall started to age faster than you and I got scared".
Complete list of winners:
Artist of the Year: Taylor Swift
New Artist of the Year: Camila hair
Favorite Artist Rap / Hip-Hop: Cardi b
Favorite Male Pop / Rock Artist: Post Malone
Tour of the year: Taylor Swift, Reputation Stadium Tour
Favorite Male Artist Soul / R & B: Khalid
Favorite song Pop / Rock: Camila Cabello with the young thug "La Habana"
Favorite female artist Country: Carrie Underwood
Contemporary Adult Favorite Artist: Shawn Mendes
Favorite duo or pop / rock group: Migos
Favorite album Soul / R & B: XXXTENTATION "17"
Favorite Pop / Rock Album: Taylor Swift "Reputation"
Favorite male artist Country: Kane Brown
Favorite duo or group country: Florida Georgia Line
Favorite country of the album: Kane Brown "Kane Brown"
Country of the favorite song: Kane Brown "The sky"
Favorite female Pop / Rock artist: Taylor Swift
Favorite Rap / Hip-Hop album: Post Malone "Beerbongs & Bentlys"
Favorite rap / hip-hop song: Cardi B "Yellow Bodak"
Favorite female artist Soul / R & B: Rihanna
Favorite song Soul / R & B: Bruno Mars and Cardi B "Finesse"
Favorite music video: Camila Cabello with the young thug "La Habana"
Favorite Artist Alternative Rock: Panic! At the disco
Favorite Latino artist: Daddy Yankee
Contemporary Inspired Favorite Artist: Lauren Daigle
Favorite artist of electronic dance music: Marshmello
Favorite soundtrack: "Black Panther: The album, music and inspired by"
Favorite social artist of the year: BTS
Collaboration of the year: Camila Cabello with the young bully, "La Habana"