The American Music Awards were invented by Dick Clark in 1974, primarily to give ABC something to air once their contract with the Grammys expired, but also to honor music! Both missions were accomplished on Tuesday night at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, as the 2018 AMAs—broadcast on ABC, naturally—split the honors between Taylor Swift and Camilla Cabello, both of whom took home four awards. Actress Tracee Ellis Ross hosted.
Cabello won Favorite Song – Pop/Rock, Favorite Music Video, and Collaboration of the Year for “Havana,” featuring Young Thug, and beat out Cardi B, Khalid, Dua Lipa, and XXXTentacion to win New Artist of the Year. Here’s the telenovela-themed video for “Havana”:
Swift, who performed “I Did Something Bad” at the show, bested Cabello in their one head-to-head matchup, winning Favorite Female Artist – Pop/Rock. She also won Favorite Album – Pop/Rock for reputation, Tour of the Year, and Artist of the Year, for which she was up against Drake, Imagine Dragons, Post Malone, and Ed Sheerhan. Swift, who unexpectedly endorsed the Democratic candidates in her home district on Sunday, used her acceptance speech to thank her fans for their support and encourage them again to vote:
With Tuesday night’s victories, Swift has now won more American Music Awards than any other female artist, 23 in all. The previous record-holder was Whitney Houston.
In the non-Swift/Cabello categories, Post Malone won Favorite Male Artist – Pop/Rock while Migos won Favorite Duo or Group – Pop/Rock. Kane Brown won three country music categories: Favorite Album – Country for Kane Brown, Favorite Song – Country for “Heaven,” and Favorite Male Artist – Country. Carrie Underwood won Favorite Female Artist while Florida Georgia Line won Favorite Duo or Group. Cardi B was a double winner in the Rap/Hip-Hop awards, taking home Favorite Song for “Bodak Yellow” and beating Drake and Post Malone for Favorite Artist; with Bruno Mars, she also picked up Favorite Song – Soul/R&B for their collaboration “Finesse.” Favorite Album went to Drake, for Scorpion. In the Soul/R&B categories, Rihanna won Favorite Female Artist while Khalid won Favorite Male Artist. A full list of the nominees and winners can be found here.