The 46th Annual American Music Awards


Tom Caton, Staff Writer

The red carpet was rolled out for the 46th annual American Music Awards on October 9, 2018. The evening was full of stunning outfits, spectacular performances, and some amazing wins. This night was full of memorable moments. In case you missed the award ceremony, here is a recap of all what went down.

For the second year in a row, Tracee Ellis Ross hosted this year’s annual AMA’s at Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles, CA. The theater can seat up to 7,100 guests and holds one of the largest indoor stages in the United States!

Throughout the night, 26 performers grabbed a microphone, got on stage, and sang their hearts out to the audience at the theater and to the millions watching at home. Country artist Carrie Underwood gave a rather emotional performance at the AMA’s. She performed her new single “Spinning Bottles” off her new album “Cry Pretty.” The performance brought Underwood to tears and everyone watching felt chills roll down their spines from her amazing performace.

The AMA’s paid tribute to the late Aretha Franklin, who passed away back in August, with a star-studded performance. The crowd was on their feet as Gladys Knight took the stage to kick things off with a rendition of “Amazing Grace.” It was perfection. Donnie McClurkin, CeCe Winans, Ledisi and Mary Mary also performed and brought down the house.

Viral sensation Mary Halsey made her AMA debut. Do you remember who Mary Halsey is? She went viral back in August for her rendition of Missy Elliott’s “Work It” at a karaoke competition. She dubbed herself Missy’s “Funky White Sister.” Ellen DeGeneres had her on her talk show to perform and midway through Missy came out and surprised her. Well, she is back. DeGeneres

sent Halsey to the AMAs as her special correspondent, which was why she was seen in the audience just now.

Throughout the course of the night, 29 awards were presented. Some included Artist of the Year, Favorite Album, Favorite Music Video, and many more. Taylor Swift broke some records on that night. She broke Whitney Houston’s record by winning 22 awards; Houston won 21 awards. Swift took home the awards for Favorite Album, Pop/Rock and Favorite Tour of the Year. To view the whole list of winners, log onto the American Music Award’s Twitter page!

Overall, it was another great and successful award ceremony. Lots of awards were handed out, lots of artists performed, and lots of fans tuned in to watch! The American Music Awards is a big night for music lovers everywhere.