The 2018 American Music Awards were held this past Tuesday at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California.
Hosted by the beautiful Tracee Ellis Ross, daughter of legendary singer Diana Ross, the night brought show stopping performances from the year’s top artists.
Taylor Swift kicked off the show with her single ‘I Did Something Bad’, marking Swift’s first live awards show performance in three years. Swift, who just wrapped the North American leg of her ‘Reputation’ tour, also made history by snagging the Artist of the Year award, making her the most awarded artist in AMA history.
Cleopatra Bernard, mother of late rapper XXXTentacion, accepted the award for Favorite Soul/R&B Album on behalf of her son while Bruno Mars took home Favorite Soul/R&B Song for his 2018 hit ‘Finesse’ featuring Cardi B.
New mother and fan favourite Cardi B got the crowd going with a tropical themed performance of her smash double platinum hit ‘I Like It’ featuring Bad Bunny and J-Belvin. This was her first awards show performance since the July birth of her daughter, Kulture Kiari Cephus, with husband Offset.
Former Fifth Harmony singer Camila Cabello performed her single ‘Consequences’ backed by a full orchestra and received thunderous applause. The singer also took home the awards for Favorite New Artist of the Year and Favorite Pop/Rock Song for her hit song ‘Havana’ featuring Young Thug, along with three other honours.
Panic at the Disco took on the challenge of performing a Queen cover, which is never easy to do, and did the iconic band proud. The performance was introduced by Rami Malek, Joseph Mazzello, and Gwilym Lee, who star in the upcoming film about Queen, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ while the artists performed via satellite from Sydney.
Superstar and triple threat Jennifer Lopez sang ‘Limitless’ from her forthcoming movie ‘Second Act’. Lopez began her performance with a reading of a poem by writer Jasmin Kuar.
Scream so that one day a hundred years from now another sister will not have to dry her tears wondering where in history she lost her voice.
The emotional performance spoke to the power of women and Lopez’s backup dancers purposefully accentuated the song’s lyrics… I am here to stay.
Legendary singer Gladys Knight closed the show with a gospel tribute honouring her friend and legend Aretha Franklin. Franklin sadly lost her battle with pancreatic cancer in August, a loss that reverberated around the world. Knight began with a stirring rendition of ‘Amazing Grace’. The tribute then transitioned into more rollicking performances by other gospel artists, with selections that harkened back to Franklin’s influential gospel roots. A fitting tribute to the Queen of Soul.
This year’s American Music Awards were one for the books. We at Spectrum FM will see you next year!