Dick Clark created the American Music Awards to allow music fans the opportunity to vote for their favourite music and musicians.
Nineteen time AMA winner Taylor Swift opens the 2018 awards presentation with a performance.
Tracee Ellis Ross returns to host the festivities and gets things started with a musical performance. Tracee reveals that she will be wearing outfits designed by people of colour.
The first award of the night was for Favourite Rap or Hip-Hop Artist and went to Cardi B.
The rock band twenty one pilots ives a performance of their new single “Jumpsuit”.
The award for Favourite Pop or Rock Male Artist went to Post Malone; beating out Drake and Ed Sheeran.
The award for Tour of the Year went to Taylor Swift. Swift needs only three wins to become the winningest “American Music Awards” artist in the history of the awards.
Mariah Carey debuts her new single on the “American Music Awards” stage.
Shawn Mendes is joined by Zedd for a performance of his new single “Japan”.
Ella May gives a performance.
The award for Favourite Soul or R&B Male Artist went to Khalid.
Cardi B takes the stage with J Balvin and Bad Bunny for a performance.
The award for Favourite Pop or Rock Song went to Camilo Cabello for “Havana”.
The award for Favourite Country Female Artist went to Carrie Underwood. This is Underwood’s 13th AMA.
Halsey, Khalid, and Benny Blanko join forces for a performance.
The award for Favourite Adult Contemporary Artist went to Shawn Mendes for the second year in a row.
The award for Favourite Pop or Rock Duo or Group went to Migos.
Post Malone and Ty $Sign take the stage for a performance.
Dua Lipa gives a performance of her hit “One Kiss”.
Jennifer Lopez performs.
The award for Favourite Soul or R&B Album went to Xxxtentacion for “17”. His mother accepted the award on the artist’s behalf after he was killed in a shooting earlier this year.
Camila Cabello performs.
The award for Favourite Pop or Rock Album went to Taylor Swift for “Reputation” beating out Drake and Ed Sheeran.
The award for Favourite Country Male Artist went to Kane Brown.
Ciera and Missy Elliott pair up for a performance.
The award for New Artist of the Year went to Camila Cabello.
Carrie Underwood takes the stage for a performance.
Stars of the upcoming movie “Bohemian Rhapsody” introduce Panic! At the Disco who are in Australia and perform the Queen hit “Bohemian Rhapsody”.
Lenny Kravitz presents the award for Artist of the Year to Taylor Swift; and with that she owns the record for the most AMA wins.
In a celebration of the music from Aretha Franklin, the tribute began with some film clips from her career and musical performances from a variety of stars including CeCe Wynans, Gladys Knight, and Mary Mary.
Awards not presented during the live television broadcast:
Collaboration of the Year: Camila Cabello and Young Thug for “Havana”
Favourite Music Video : Camila Cabello and Young Thug for “Havana”
Favourite Social Artist: BTS
Favourite Female Pop or Rock Artist: Taylor Swift
Favourite Female Country Artist: Carrie Underwood
Favourite Country Duo or Group: Florida Georgia Line
Favourite Country Album: “Kane Brown” by Kane Brown
Favourite Country Song: “Heaven” by Kane Brown
Favourite Rap or Hip-Hop Album: “beerbongs & bentleys” by Post Malone
Favourite Rap or Hip-Hop Song: “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)” by Cardi B
Favourite Soul or R&B Female Artist: Rihanna
Favourite Soul or R&B Song: “Finesse” by Bruno Mars and Cardi B
Favourite Alternative Rock Artist: Panic! At the Disco
Favourite Latin Artist: Daddy Yankee
Favourite Contemporary Inspirational Artist: Lauren Daigle
Favourite Electronic Dance Music Artist: Marshmello
Favourite Soundtrack: “Black Panther: The Album, Music From and Inspired By”