American Music Awards 2018


Picture taken by AP, Reuters

Kennedy Leehealey, Journalist

On Tuesday, October 9th, the legendary American Music Awards (AMAs) took place. The award show itself was held in the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California. However, for the majority of viewers that couldn’t attend, the event was broadcasted live on ABC from 8:00 to 11:00 PM.
Before the program even started, artists appeared in all of their finery on the red carpet. The majority of artists favored festive looks over formal. Cardi B shocked the poparazzi with an extravagant, floral print ball gown with a matching headdress. Taylor Swift had a different approach with her stunning, disco ball dress with matching boots.
Once everyone had the chance to make an appearance on the carpet, the program began inside the theater. After her success in last year’s show, Tracee Ellis Ross, was once again invited to host. The famous actress and comedian started off with a choreographed routine to this year’s hit songs, including Cardi B’s “Bodak Yellow” and Aretha Franklin’s “Respect”. After giving her speech, the awards winners and nominees were announced, and there were a few special performances by popular artists.The night also included numerous performances by favorite artists. The songs performed ranged everywhere from Cardi B’s “I Like It” to Carrie Underwood’s “Spinning Bottles” to Panic! At the Disco’s “Bohemian Rhapsody”. Artists that won awards included Shawn Mendes, Camila Cabello, Post Malone, Khalid, Cardi B, BTS, and many more. Taylor Swift broke the record for most awards won by a female artist, scoring a total of four throughout the night: Artist of the Year, Tour of the Year, Favorite Female Artist – Pop/Rock, and Favorite Album – Pop/Rock. In addition to being influential with her music, Swift has also proven to be incredibly persuasive with her words and opinions too. During one of her acceptance speeches, she mentioned the subject of the elections and encouraged everyone out there to vote. Directly after the event, there was a major spike in voter registration.
The night was an exciting one for everyone; Many winners received their first AMA award, some records for most awards won were even broken, and the show was overall very entertaining.