American Music Awards 2018: Taylor Swift Wins Artist of the Year

Taylor Swift wins big

Last Updated: October 9, 2018 @ 10:16 PM

Taylor Swift was the big winner Tuesday night at the 2018 American Music Awards, taking home the prize for Artist of the Year. Swift also tour of the year and best pop/rock album, and broke the record for most wins at the AMAs by a female artist.

While accepting the prize for Artist of the Year, Swift got political for the second time in less than a week when she urged her fans to vote in this year’s midterm elections.

“I just wanted to make a mention of the fact that this award and every single award given out tonight were voted on by the people,” Swift said. “And you know what else is voted on by the people — is the midterm elections on November 6th. Get out and vote. I love you guys.”

Though the ceremony, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, wasn’t particularly political, the upcoming election did get mentioned a few other times. Host Tracee Ellis Ross came out wearing a t-shirt that read “I am a voter” midway through the show. And later, Billy Eichner implored young people who believe in “equality for women, for people of color, for the LGBTQ community” and who “believe climate change is real” to vote in “the biggest election of our lifetime,” while he and Kathryn Hahn presented an award.

Other winners included Cardi B, Country singer Kane Brown, and Post Malone. See the full winners list below.

See the full rundown of winners below.

Favorite Duo or Group – Pop/Rock
Imagine Dragons
Maroon 5
Migos — WINNER

Favorite Artist – Adult Contemporary
Shawn Mendes — WINNER

P!NK
Ed Sheeran

Favorite Female Artist – Country
Kelsea Ballerini
Maren Morris
Carrie Underwood — WINNER

Favorite Song – Pop/Rock
Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug “Havana” — WINNER
Drake “God’s Plan”
Ed Sheeran “Perfect”

Favorite Male Artist – Soul/R&B
Khalid — WINNER

Bruno Mars
The Weeknd

Tour of the Year
Beyoncé & JAY-Z
Bruno Mars
Ed Sheeran
Taylor Swift — WINNER
U2

Favorite Male Artist – Pop/Rock
Drake
Post Malone — WINNER
Ed Sheeran

Favorite Artist – Rap/Hip-Hop
Cardi B — WINNER

Drake
Post Malone

Favorite Social Artist
BTS — WINNER

Cardi B
Ariana Grande
Demi Lovato
Shawn Mendes

Artist of the Year
Drake
Imagine Dragons
Post Malone
Ed Sheeran
Taylor Swift — WINNER

New Artist of the Year
Camila Cabello — WINNER

Cardi B
Khalid
Dua Lipa
XXXTENTACION

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”

Favorite Music Video
Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug “Havana” — WINNER

Cardi B “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)”
Drake “God’s Plan”

Favorite Female Artist – Pop/Rock
Camila Cabello
Cardi B
Taylor Swift — WINNER

Favorite Album – Pop/Rock
Drake “Scorpion”
Ed Sheeran “÷ (Divide)”
Taylor Swift “reputation” — WINNER

Favorite Male Artist – Country
Kane Brown — WINNER

Luke Bryan
Thomas Rhett

Favorite Duo or Group – Country
Dan + Shay
Florida Georgia Line — WINNER
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 Album – Rap/Hip-Hop
Drake “Scorpion”
Lil Uzi Vert “Luv Is Rage 2”
Post Malone “beerbongs & bentleys” — WINNER

Favorite Song – Rap/Hip-Hop
Cardi B “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)” — WINNER

Drake “God’s Plan”
Post Malone ft. 21 Savage “Rockstar”

Favorite Female Artist – Soul/R&B
Ella Mai
Rihanna — WINNER
SZA

Favorite Album – Soul/R&B
Khalid “American Teen”
SZA “CTRL”
XXXTENTACION “17” — WINNER

Favorite Song – Soul/R&B
Khalid “Young Dumb & Broke”
Ella Mai “Boo’d Up”
Bruno Mars & Cardi B “Finesse” — WINNER

Favorite Artist – Alternative Rock
Imagine Dragons
Panic! At The Disco — WINNER
Portugal. The Man

Favorite Artist – Latin
J Balvin
Daddy Yankee — WINNER
Ozuna

Favorite Artist – Contemporary Inspirational
Lauren Daigle — WINNER

MercyMe
Zach Williams

Favorite Artist – Electronic Dance Music (EDM)
The Chainsmokers
Marshmello — WINNER
Zedd

Favorite Soundtrack
“Black Panther: The Album, Music From And Inspired By” — WINNER

“The Greatest Showman”
“The Fate of the Furious: The Album”