American Music Awards: Taylor Swift Wins Artist of the Year, Sets New Record

4:42 PM 10/9/2018

by Kimberly Nordyke

Camila Cabello, Cardi B, Post Malone, Migos, Shawn Mendes and Kane Brown also were among the night's winners.

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Taylor Swift set a new American Music Awards record on Tuesday night.

At the 2018 American Music Awards ceremony, which took place at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, Swift won tour of the year, artist of the year, best pop/rock female artist and best pop/rock album for Reputation. With those wins, Swift broke the record for most wins by a female artist.

During her speech for artist of the year, she encouraged viewers to vote in the upcoming midterm elections, following on the heels of her finally breaking her silence on political issues by endorsing two candidates running for office in Tennessee.

Swift opened the 2018 AMAs with a performance of "I Did Something Bad" off of her 2017 album Reputation. The performance marked Swift's first awards show performance in three years.

Camila Cabello, Cardi B, Post Malone, Migos, Shawn Mendes and Kane Brown also were among the night's winners.

Carrie Underwood, Post Malone, Ty Dolla Sign, Mariah Carey, Jennifer Lopez, Benny Blanco, Halsey, Khalid, Cardi B, Bad Bunny, J Balvin, Ciara, Missy Elliott, Dua Lipa, Panic! at the Disco, Cabello, Shawn Mendes, Zedd, Ella Mai and Twenty One Pilots also performed during the show.

Tracee Ellis Ross served as the host of the 2018 AMAs. The fan-voted awards show aired live on ABC from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

A full list of winners follows.

  • Artist of the Year

    Taylor Swift (WINNER)
    Drake
    Imagine Dragons
    Post Malone
    Ed Sheeran

  • Collaboration of the Year

    Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug - "Havana" (WINNER)
    Post Malone ft. 21 Savage - "Rockstar"
    Bruno Mars & Cardi B - "Finesse"
    Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line - "Meant To Be"
    Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey - "The Middle"

  • Tour of the Year

    Taylor Swift (WINNER)
    Beyonce & JAY-Z
    Bruno Mars
    Ed Sheeran
    U2

  • New Artist of the Year

    Camila Cabello (WINNER)
    Cardi B
    Dua Lipa
    Khalid
    XXXTENTACION

  • Favorite Male Artist - Pop/Rock

    Post Malone (WINNER)
    Drake
    Ed Sheeran

  • Favorite Female Artist - Pop/Rock

    Taylor Swift (WINNER)
    Camila Cabello
    Cardi B

  • Favorite Duo or Group - Pop/Rock

    Migos (WINNER)
    Imagine Dragons
    Maroon 5

  • Favorite Album - Pop/Rock

    Taylor Swift - Reputation (WINNER)
    Drake - Scorpion
    Ed Sheeran - ÷ (Divide)

  • Favorite Song - Pop/Rock

    Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug - "Havana" (WINNER)
    Drake - "God's Plan"
    Ed Sheeran - "Perfect"

  • Favorite Male Artist - Country

    Kane Brown (WINNER)
    Luke Bryan
    Thomas Rhett

  • Favorite Female Artist - Country

    Carrie Underwood (WINNER)
    Kelsea Ballerini
    Maren Morris

  • Favorite Duo or Group - Country

    Florida Georgia Line (WINNER)
    Dan + Shay
    LANCO

  • Favorite Album - Country

    Kane Brown - Kane Brown (WINNER)
    Luke Combs - This One's for You
    Thomas Rhett - Life Changes

  • Favorite Song - Country

    Kane Brown - "Heaven" (WINNER)
    Dan + Shay - "Tequila"
    Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line - "Meant to Be"

  • Favorite Artist - Rap/Hip-Hop

    Cardi B (WINNER)
    Drake
    Post Malone

  • Favorite Album - Rap/Hip-Hop

    Post Malone - Beerbongs & Bentleys (WINNER)
    Drake - Scorpion
    Lil Uzi Vert - Luv Is Rage 2

  • Favorite Song - Rap/Hip-Hop

    Cardi B - "Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)" (WINNER)
    Drake - "God's Plan"
    Post Malone ft. 21 Savage - "Rockstar"

  • Favorite Male Artist - Soul/R&B

    Khalid (WINNER)
    Bruno Mars
    The Weeknd

  • Favorite Female Artist - Soul/R&B

    Rihanna (WINNER)
    Ella Mai
    SZA

  • Favorite Album - Soul/R&B

    XXXTENTACION - 17 (WINNER)
    Khalid - American Teen
    SZA - CTRL

  • Favorite Song - Soul/R&B

    Bruno Mars & Cardi B - "Finesse" (WINNER)
    Khalid - "Young Dumb & Broke"
    Ella Mai - "Boo'd Up"

  • Favorite Artist - Alternative Rock

    Panic! At the Disco (WINNER)
    Imagine Dragons
    Portugal. The Man

  • Video of the Year

    Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug - "Havana" (WINNER)
    Cardi B - "Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)"
    Drake - "God's Plan"

  • Favorite Artist - Adult Contemporary

    Shawn Mendes (WINNER)
    Pink
    Ed Sheeran

  • Favorite Artist - Latin

    Daddy Yankee (WINNER)
    J Balvin
    Ozuna

  • Favorite Artist - Contemporary Inspirational

    Lauren Daigle (WINNER)
    MercyMe
    Zach Williams

  • Favorite Artist - Electronic Dance Music (EDM)

    Marshmello (WINNER)
    The Chainsmokers
    Zedd

  • Favorite Soundtrack

    Black Panther: The Album, Music From and Inspired By (WINNER)
    The Greatest Showman
    The Fate of the Furious: The Album

  • Favorite Social Artist

    BTS (WINNER)
    Cardi B
    Ariana Grande
    Demi Lovato
    Shawn Mendes