The 2018 American Music Awards are in the books, with Kane Brown walking away the big Country music winner. Kane took home three out of the five country awards, including Favorite Country Album for his self-titled debut, Favorite Country Song for “Heaven,” and Favorite Country Male Artist.
Carrie Underwood picked up yet another AMA honor, nabbing Favorite Country Female Artist for a fifth straight year, bringing her total AMA wins to 13. She was also the only country artist to perform on the show, treating the audience to a performance of her "Cry Pretty" track "Spinning Bottles." Finally, Florida Georgia Line earned the trophy for Favorite Country Duo/Group.
Taylor Swift was the night's overall big winner, taking home four trophies, including the coveted Artist of the Year honor, as well as Tour of the Year, Favorite Female – Pop/Rock and Album of the Year for “Reputation.” With her new wins Taylor now holds the record for the most AMA wins ever, with 23. Click here for a complete list of last night's winners.
- Tracee Ellis Ross hosted the show for the second year and she was all in from the very beginning. She proved she can shake her booty as good as anyone, with a song and dance number featuring tunes like Cardi B’s “Bodak Yellow,” Childish Gambino’s “This Is America,” Ciara’s “Level Up,” Beyoncé’s “Run the World (Girls),” and more. Plus, she kept the show moving and the energy up throughout the whole night, and looked fierce while doing it, thanks to a boatload of outfit changes.
But Carrie wasn't the only performance of the night. Among the show's other highlights:
- Taylor Swift opened the show in very dramatic fashion with “I Did Something Bad,” surrounded by dancers, lasers, smoke, bursting flames and a huge snakehead.
- Twenty One Pilots rocked the house with their new song “Jumpsuit” complete with a burning car behind them.
- Mariah Carey performed her new song “With You” for the first time, surrounded by shirtless male dancers who popped out of the train of her pink dress, which appeared to take over most of the stage.
- Shawn Mendes was joined by Zedd for his latest song in “Lost in Japan,” much to the delight of screaming girls in the audience.
- Ella Mai performed her hit “Boo’d Up” starting out from the middle of the audience.
- Cardi B, Bad Bunny and J Balvin had everyone dancing with their lively and colorful performance of “I Like It,” which featured horns, a live salsa band, dancers and more.
- Benny Blanco, Halsey and Khalid performed their hit single “Eastside” in a bedroom recording studio setting, although all Blanco really did was play with his Pro-Tools, pat the two performers on the back and slump on to a bed.
- Post Malone kicked off his performance with “Psycho,” featuring Ty Dolla $ign and then followed it up with “Better Now,” on a stage surrounded by flames.
- Dua Lipa had a dance party in the rain while performing her Calvin Harris collaboration “One Kiss,” along with her latest single “Electricity.”
- Jennifer Lopez debuted scenes from her new movie “Second Chance,” before performing her new female empowerment track “Limitless,” surrounded by female dancers in business suits, who slowly stripped down to bejeweled unitards.
- Camila Cabello skipped the flashy and dazzled with just her voice and an orchestra for a show-stopping performance of her track “Consequences.”
- Ciara and a team of dancers showed off their best dance moves and booty shaking for a medley of “Level Up,” and “Dose,” featuring Missy Elliott and an actual drum line. (And did you catch Missy's Funky White Sister in the audience?)
- Panic! At The Disco paid tribute to Queen with a performance of “Bohemian Rhapsody” in Sydney, Australia, that was introduced by the cast of the upcoming biopic.
- Closing out the night was a tribute to Aretha Franklin, featuring Gladys Knight, Ledisi, Mary Mary, Donnie McClurkin and CeCe Winans. The performance celebrated the Queen of Soul’s 1972 gospel album, “Amazing Grace,” with Gladys kicking things off with “Amazing Grace,” followed by Donnie rousing the crowd with “Climbing Higher Mountains,” CeCe performing "Mary, Don’t You Weep,” Ledisi tackling “How I Got Over,” and Mary Mary wrapping the tribute up with “Old Landmark.”
Source: Dr. Dave's Ultimate Prep