The hottest names in music were all gathered at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles for a night of chart-topping hits and jaw-dropping performances at the American Music Awards. Hosted for the second time by Tracee Ellis Ross (yes, Diana Ross’ daughter), the star-studded awards show was full of ‘OMG’ moments that are sure to go down in AMAs history. Here are our favourite highlights of the night.
Taylor Swift’s explosive opening performance
Look what you made her do! If there’s one person who can blow the roof off a place, it’s Taylor Swift. In her fiery and slightly terrifying rendition of ‘I Did Something Bad’, the new and improved T-Swift whipped out a huge snake prop (affectionately named Karyn) and even got bleeped out at one point during her performance due to a cuss word in the lyrics. Say what you will about Tay-tay, but she just proved why she’s a top entertainer.
Tracee Ellis Ross is the cool aunt we hope to have
You might know her as Diana Ross’ daughter or the awesome Rainbow Johnson on Black-ish, but Tracee Ellis Ross can certainly hold her own when it comes to hosting an awards show. Her opening number saw her decked out in a latex black cat suit, rapping to Cardi B’s ‘Bodak Yellow’ AND dancing to songs that include Childish Gambino’s ‘This is America’ and Beyonce and Jay-Z’s ‘APES**T*. There’s simply nothing this woman can’t do.
Who knew dresses could do THAT?
Rocking a hot pink dress that accentuated her famous curves, pop icon Mariah Carey was present at the AMAs to perform her new single ‘With You’ – but that wasn’t just what her dress was for. As she belted out her slow jam, an army of dancers suddenly appeared from the tulle bottom of her skirt!
Shawn Mendes and Zedd’s swoon-worthy performance of ‘Lost in Japan’
In a joint performance of ‘Lost in Japan’ with Zedd, Shawn Mendes stole our hearts as he made us all swoon with his brilliant vocals whilst standing below hundreds of paper lanterns hanging from the ceiling. A picture-perfect scenario, don’t you think?
Khalid wins his first AMA
The talented Khalid took home his first ever AMA for best soul/R&B artist and and thanked his mother, family and fans during his speech, before giving a shout-out to his Texas Democrat representative in relation to the upcoming Mid-Term Elections. This just makes us even more hyped up for his upcoming concert in Singapore!
Say hello to our new king of memes, Taran Killam!
Celebrities in the audience seat are no strangers to the wandering cameras that catch them mid-reaction when they least expect it. From Taylor Swift dancing in her chair to Chrissie Teigen’s crying face, we can now add Taran Killam’s epic shocked expression during Cardi B’s performance to the list.
Halsey live tweeting while on stage
In a non-traditional take on Halsey, Benny Blanco and Khalid’s ‘East Side’, the stage had been cosily set up to look like a studio jam session. As Khalid started the song, Halsey had apparently been live tweeting on the couch before it was her turn to sing. Way to use your time on stage, Halsey!
On stage right now at the AMAs. Wearing my favorite Jordans lol. Tweeting during my performance. #priorities ❤️
— h (@halsey) October 10, 2018
Camila Cabello + orchestra = ♥
Having already won an AMA for best pop/rock song, Camila Cabello delivered a stunning rendition of her new single ‘Consequences’, accompanied by a full orchestra that sent chills up our spines. Her formal ball gown and long gloves also really made for a fresh change from her usual, upbeat looks.
Ciara taking the AMAs to the next level
Just when we thought the AMAs had reached its peak, Ciara took to the stage for a show-stopping remix of ‘Level Up’ in a space-age white leather bodysuit – and boy were we shook. Known for her grade A dance abilities, homegirl slayed her performance while serving up major Janet Jackson vibes. Ciara’s performance was so lit that even Missy Elliott’s funky white sister (as seen on The Ellen Show) couldn’t help but get hyped too!
Just another reason to love Panic! At The Disco
We all know how crazily talented Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco is. In a goosebumps-inducing tribute to the legendary rock band Queen (live-streamed from Sydney where they are currently on tour), Brendon and his band did justice to their tribute performance in a mind-blowing rendition of the Queen classic ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’. Just take a listen and you’ll see what we mean.
Taylor Swift gets political in a subtle way
Since her recent political post on Instagram, many were expecting Taylor Swift to address the issue during her first speech of the night. When she didn’t do so, people were surprised – with some thinking it was a one-off PR stunt. Little did they know, our girl was keeping that for her Artist of the Year speech where she cleverly and subtly transitioned from thanking her fans to encouraging people to register to vote for the Mid-Term elections. Anyone know if T-Swift is available to write our speeches?
What was your favourite moment of the AMAs? Let us know in the comments below!