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We Gon’ Let Taylor Break Her Lil’ Record, But the 2018 American Music Awards Show Belonged to Us

(L-R) Erica Campbell of Mary Mary, Tracee Ellis Ross, Tina Campbell of Mary Mary, and CeCe Winans speak onstage during the 2018 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on October 9, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.
Photo: Frederick M. Brown (Getty Images)

Real talk? We knew what the 2018 American Music Awards were gonna be about before the first statuette had even been awarded. The intention of the evening was made clear the second it was announced that Taylor Swift only needed three more wins to unseat the much-beloved late, great Whitney Houston as the female artist with the most wins in AMA history.

Spoiler alert: She won all four awards she was nominated for—including Artist of the Year, which has us wholly confused. And after seeing her tepid opening performance, the only logical explanation for her beating out Beyoncé Jay-Z for Tour of the Year (hers was purportedly the highest grossing, but whatever) is that Trump was rallying her base—that is, prior to her Monday announcement that she intends to vote Democratic in the midterms. (To her credit, she has improved voter registration, and once again encouraged the audience to vote during her last acceptance speech of the night.)

But it was the performances we really tuned in for; and from beginining to end, we killed it. This was especially true for the ladies—starting with Tracee Ellis Ross’ comedic and cardio-heavy song-and-dance medley. (How you gon’ outperform Swifty’s opening number, though, Tracee?)

Tracee Ellis Ross performs onstage during the 2018 American Music Awards.
Photo: Frederick M. Brown (Getty Images)


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