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Taylor Swift takes home top honours for Artist of the Year at American Music Awards

Taylor Swift was the big winner at this year’s American Music Awards, taking home a crystal pyramid for the evening’s top prize, Artist of the Year, and becoming the most decorated female artist in AMA history with a total of 23 wins (unseating Whitney Houston).

Also taking home awards were Camila Cabello, Post Malone, Migos, and more. The evening featured performances from Cardi B with J Balvin and Bad Bunny (I Like It), Carrie Underwood (Spinning Bottles), and Panic! At the Disco, who covered the iconic Queen anthem Bohemian Rhapsody. Actress Tracee Ellis Ross hosted the event for a second consecutive year, and Swift opened the music sets with a performance of I Did Something Bad.

The evening concluded with a video tribute to the late Aretha Franklin, followed by a performance of Amazing Grace from Gladys Knight, Ledisi, Mary Mary, Donnie McClurkin, CeCe Winans, and musical director Rickey Minor.

Celebrating and honoring music talent at the biggest stage, the 2018 American Music Awards was held at the Microsoft Theater in LA, California.

The American Music Awards honors artists in multiple musical genres, that are nominated based on key fan interactions, album and digital song sales, radio airplay, streaming, social activity and touring as tracked by Billboard. The categories include – Pop/Rock, Alternative Rock, Country, Rap/Hip-Hop, Soul/R&B, Adult Contemporary, Contemporary Inspirational, Latin, EDM and Soundtrack, alongside awards for New Artist of the Year, Collaboration of the Year, Tour of the Year, Video of the Year, Favorite Song and Artist of the Year.

After a pulsating week-long build-up to the coveted award, here is a full list of winners:

Artist of the Year:
Drake
Imagine Dragons
Post Malone
Ed Sheeran
Taylor Swift **WINNER**

Favorite Female Artist Pop/Rock:
Camila Cabello
Cardi B
Taylor Swift **WINNER**

Favorite Male Artist Pop/Rock:
Drake
Post Malone **WINNER**
Ed Sheeran

Favorite Duo/Group Pop/Rock:
Imagine Dragons
Maroon 5
Migos **WINNER**

Favorite Song Pop/Rock:
Camila Cabello, “Havana” **WINNER**
Drake, “God’s Plan”
Ed Sheeran, “Perfect”

Favorite Album Pop/Rock:
Drake, Scorpion
Ed Sheeran, ÷ (Divide)
Taylor Swift, reputation **WINNER**

Favorite Female Artist Country:
Kelsea Ballerini
Maren Morris
Carrie Underwood *WINNER*

Favorite Male Artist Country:
Kane Brown **WINNER**
Luke Bryan
Thomas Rhett

Favorite Duo/Group Country:
Dan + Shay
Florida Georgia Line **WINNER**
Lanco

Favorite Song Country:
Kane Brown, “Heaven” **WINNER**
Dan + Shay, “Tequila”
Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line, “Meant to Be”

Favorite Album Country:
Kane Brown, Kane Brown **WINNER**
Luke Combs, This One’s for You
Thomas Rhett, Life Changes

Favorite Artist Rap/Hip-Hop:
Cardi B **WINNER**
Drake
Post Malone

Favorite Male Artist Soul/R&B:
Khalid **WINNER**
Bruno Mars
The Weeknd

Favorite Album Rap/Hip-Hop:
Drake, Scorpion
Lil Uzi Vert, Luv Is Rage 2
Post Malone, beerbongs & bentleys **WINNER**

Favorite Song Rap/Hip-Hop:
Cardi B, “Bodak Yellow” **WINNER**
Drake, “God’s Plan”
Post Malone, “Rockstar”

Favorite Album Soul/R&B:
Khalid, American Teen
SZA, CTRL
XXXTentacion, 17 **WINNER**

Favorite Artist Adult Contemporary:
Shawn Mendes **WINNER**
P!nk 
Ed Sheeran

Favorite Female Artist Soul R&B:
Ella Mai
Rihanna **WINNER**
SZA

Favorite Song Soul/R&B:
Khalid, “Young Dumb & Broke”
Ella Mai, “Boo’d Up”
Cardi B & Bruno Mars, “Finesse” **WINNER**

Favorite Soundtrack:
Black Panther **WINNER**
The Greatest Showman
The Fate of the Furious

Favorite Artist EDM:
The Chainsmokers
Marshmello **WINNER**
Zedd

Favorite Social Artist:
BTS **WINNER**
Cardi B
Ariana Grande
Demi Lovato
Shawn Mendes

Favorite Music Video:
Camila Cabello, “Havana” **WINNER**
Cardi B, “Bodak Yellow”
Drake, “God’s Plan”

Collaboration of the Year:
Camila Cabello featuring Young Thug, “Havana” **WINNER**
Post Malone featuring 21 Savage, “Rockstar”
Bruno Mars & Cardi B, “Finesse”
Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line, “Meant to Be”
Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey, “The Middle”

New Artist of the Year:
Camila Cabello **WINNER**
Cardi B
Khalid
Dua Lipa
XXXTentacion

Favorite Artist Contemporary Inspirational:
Lauren Daigle **WINNER**
MercyMe
Zach Williams

Favorite Artist Latin:
J Balvin
Daddy Yankee **WINNER**
Ozuna

Favorite Artist Alternative Rock:
Imagine Dragons
Panic! At The Disco **WINNER**
Portugal. The Man

Tour of the Year:
Taylor Swift **WINNER**
Beyonce & JAY-Z
Bruno Mars
Ed Sheeran
U2

 


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