Taylor Swift kicks off American Music Awards, silent on politics

American Music Awards, Kate's Surgery on 'This Is Us,' 'Flash' & 'Black Lightning' Return

American Music Awards, Kate's Surgery on 'This Is Us,' 'Flash' & 'Black Lightning' Return

The 2018 American Music Awards were held on October 9 local time at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

Earlier in the evening, Cardi won her first award for Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Artist.

Taylor Swift reportedly caused a spike in voter registrations both nationwide and in Tennessee when she broke her political silence Monday on Instagram, and the singer talked about politics again Tuesday at the American Music Awards. "Get out and vote", Swift said when accepting her trophy.

"This award and every single award given out tonight is voted on by the people". BTS has been announced as the victor of the Favorite Social Artist category!

Drake, Imagine Dragons, Post Malone, Sheeran and Swift were all nominated for the artist of the year award. Other performers included Mariah Carey, Jennifer Lopez and Missy Elliott.

Cardi B's collaboration with Bruno Mars, the remix of "Finesse", earned two nominations and she also earned nods for favorite social artist and favorite music video, among others.

The main ceremony, hosted by black-ish star Tracee Ellis Ross, begins at 8 pm on ABC. A special tribute to Aretha Franklin is included, as is some early promotion for the upcoming Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody.

Taylor Swift is ready for the "next chapter!"

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