Missed the AMAs? Here Are the 8 Moments You Need to See

Swift’s attendance at Tuesday night’s AMAs was a rare public outing for the singer; aside from a high-profile appearance at the Billboard Music Awards in May, she hadn’t gone to an awards show since the 2016 Grammys, where she delivered her last televised award show performance (of 1989 favorite “Out of the Woods”).

Tuesday night she brought it, opening the show with her scorched-earth Reputation track “I Did Something Bad.”

Smiling after she finished, Swift was given a standing ovation by pal Shawn Mendes, Jennifer Lopez, Zedd, Florida Georgia Line and more.

Second-time host Ross turned the 2018 AMAs stage into her very own makeshift dance floor.

The Black-ish star opened the ceremony with a medley of hits past and present, beginning with Cardi B’s ubiquitous “Bodak Yellow” — for which she donned a diamond studded grill that spelled out her initials.

After an instant wardrobe change to reveal a black body suit, she stomped through tracks including “This Is America” by Childish Gambino, “Apes—t” by the Carters, “Respect” by Aretha Franklin, and “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars.

“Wait, I’m not done?!” the star (semi) jokingly gasped midway through the dance routine.

“J.Lo, I don’t know how you do that all the time,” she said as she breathlessly wrapped her performance. “I am not a dancer. I think I’m just a lady who moves.”

Cardi B hit the American Music Awards stage Tuesday night to perform her smash Spanglish single “I Like It” with collaborators Bad Bunny and J Balvin.

After arriving in a wild floral dress with a matching fascinator, the rapper changed into a colorful, flowing gown to kick off the performance on a rotating wheel for her opening verse; she then stripped off the skirt to reveal an intricate romper before launching into some choreographed dance moves that paid homage to her Latin roots.

Cardi’s AMAs performance was her second public showing since giving birth this summer; on Saturday, she co-headlined the annual Global Citizen Festival in New York City’s Central Park alongside Janet Jackson, Shawn Mendes, Janelle Monáe and The Weeknd.

Ross wore the message on her tee, while Billy Eichner — who’s often outspoken about politics on Twitter — implored fans to register and vote while on stage to present.

“Young people of America, the biggest election of our lifetime is happening on Nov. 6,” he said, as co-presenter Kathryn Hahn encouraged him. “Tell your friends to vote. If you believe in equality for women, for people of color, the LGBTQ community; if you believe climate change is real and we need to do something about it. Don’t let people tell you your vote doesn’t count. It does. You can go to vote.gov like Taylor Swift told you to and go right now.” 

In an acceptance speech later in the evening, Swift again reminded fans to vote. 

After the late musician was awarded the favorite soul/R&B album title for his debut album, 17, his mother Cleopatra Bernard took the stage to claim the prize from presenters Lauren Daigle and Kane Brown.

“I’m so nervous, you guys,” Bernard told the crowd in L.A.’s Microsoft Theater.

“I am honored to accept this award on behalf of my son. I would like to thank the AMAs, his fans and to everyone who made this possible. Thank you guys so much; I appreciate this.”

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Ciara and Elliott joined forces at the American Music Awards Tuesday to perform a remix of the hit track “Level Up.”

The duo showed off their impressive dance moves during the collaboration, and there was even a special cameo! Elliott’s “funky white sister” Mary Halsey, who went viral over the summer after posting a video of herself performing “Work It” online, was proudly watching the ladies perform from her seat.

It’s official: Swift is the most decorated female artist in American Music Awards history!

During Tuesday’s show, Swift broke Whitney Houston‘s record for most AMAs won by a female musician with a total of 23 trophies thus far — and impressively before turning 29 in December.

Houston, who died in February 2012 at age 48, earned 21 trophies during her lifetime. Michael Jackson, who died in 2009 at age 50, earned 24 AMAs during his lifetime.

The reputation hitmaker, 28, took home some of the night’s big awards, including tour of the year favorite pop/rock album and artist of the year.

Aretha Franklin was honored with a tribute fit for the Queen of Soul.

Seven weeks after her death, Franklin was celebrated on Tuesday by longtime friend Gladys Knight, who led an all-star Gospel tribute.

Following a video lookup back at Franklin’s long history with the AMAs, Knight walked out to organs playing before launching into a stirring rendition of “Amazing Grace” that had the entire audience on their feet.

To close out the show Knight was joined by Ledisi, Mary Mary, Donnie McClurkin, CeCe Winans and musical director Rickey Minor, as they paid tribute to Franklin’s gospel roots and her 1972 album, Amazing Grace, which remains the best-selling live gospel album of all time.

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