Taylor Swift, Cardi B set for American Music Awards

Joann Johnston
October 10, 2018

Voting was a hot topic at the AMAs.

"Black-ish" star Tracee Ellis Ross will host the AMAs, which air live on ABC at 8 p.m. ET/ 5 p.m. PT. Now is the time. So many intelligent, thoughtful, self-possessed people have turned 18 in the past two years and now have the right and privilege to make their vote count. Thank you, guys, so much.

"And you can go to Vote.org like Taylor Swift told you to, " he added.

Cardi B and Drake are both nominated for eight awards.

Elsewhere on Tuesday, New York rapper Cardi B, brought down the house with an exuberant performance of dance hit I Like It with J.Balvin and Bad Bunny.

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While accepting her award for Artist of the Year, Swift called for her fans to head to the polls. "I would like to thank the AMAs, his fans and to everyone that made this possible". "I gotta prove people wrong". To say it goes off is an understatement. Khalid, Quavo and Offset were some of the audience members dancing along, while others sang and some even filmed her with their phones. A salute to Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin will include Gladys Knight, Ledisi and CeCe Winans, and with a movie bio-pic soon to open, Queen will be remembered with a rendition of "Bohemian Rhapsody" by Panic!

Rapper-singer XXXTentacion, a streaming juggernaut before his death in June and afterward, earned nominations for new artist of the year and favorite soul/R&B album for his 2017 debut, "17".

XXXTentacion's mother was proud and tearful as she accepted her late son's posthumous American Music Award on Tuesday night.

"Please, please educate yourself on the candidates running in your state and vote based on who most closely represents your values", she said.

Swift's touring guest Camila Cabello also won four awards, while Kane Brown swept the country categories, winning favourite male, favourite album and favourite song.

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