Taylor Swift, with four awards including the queen category of artist of the year reigned at the American Music Awards (AMAs), which were held on Tuesday night at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. In addition to the coveted artist of the year award, Swift won the tour of the year, favorite pop-rock album for Reputation and pop-rock female favorite artist. This makes her the most awarded artist in the history of the AMA with 23 awards surpassing Witney Houston.
The 28-year-old artist captured media attention in recent days by breaking her political silence and writing a long message on Instagram, where she has 112 million followers, in which she assured that she will vote for Democratic candidates. In an intervention that has been described as lukewarm by those who expected something more than an artist who has been heavily involved in politics in recent times, Swift encouraged voters to go to the polls in the legislatures in the US. "I just want to mention the fact that this award (artist of the year) and each and every one of the prizes delivered tonight were voted by the people, and do you know what else the people will vote? (…) The mid-term elections November 6. Come out and vote, I love you, "said Swift in his speech of thanks.
Poker for Camila Cabello
The other great winner of the night was the Cuban-American Camila Cabello, who won in the sections of new artist of the year, collaboration of the year, favorite song of pop-rock and video of the year (these last three categories for its theme Havana). "I can not believe that this one won," said the young singer when she received the award for new artist of the year.
Cabello, who claimed to be "speechless", also thanked his parents, present at the ceremony, and his followers.
For its part, the also Latin Cardi B, one of the favorites for the AMAs with eight candidates under his belt, won three awards: favorite rap artist, favorite rap song by Bodak Yellow (Money Moves), and favorite soul-R & B song by Finesse next to Bruno Mars.
Also, the rapper was one of the stars of the evening with a very Latin and spectacular interpretation of its theme I Like It along with the Colombian J Balvin and the Puerto Rican Bad Bunny. Worse luck ran the Canadian Drake, who also had eight applications but that was empty of the gala.
The 46th edition of the AMAs, which featured Tracee Ellis Ross as a master of ceremonies, began with Taylor Swift performing live I Did Something Bad. In front of the microphone, in addition to Cardi B and Camila Cabello, other artists such as Mariah Carey, Jennifer Lopez, Shawn Mendes, Twenty One Pilots, Dua Lipa, Ciara or Carrie Underwood also performed.
Although the most emotional moment of the AMAs was the tribute to the soul star Aretha Franklin, who died in August at the age of 76, in which the voices of singers like Gladys Knight, Ledisi or CeCe Winans joined.
The nominees for the American Music Awards are based on record sales of albums and digital songs, radio broadcasts and streaming measured by Billboard and its partners Nielsen Music and Next Big Sound. Instead, the winners of these awards are chosen by the fans with their votes.