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Posted: October 10, 2018

American Music Awards 2018: Aretha Franklin honored by Gladys Knight, Ledisi, others

What You Need To Know: Aretha Franklin

By Melissa Ruggieri, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution


After the publicity debacle that followed Madonna’s “tribute” to Aretha Franklin in the MTV Awards in August, you knew that the American Music Awards would do it right.

The Tuesday night award show wrapped with an all-star gospel performance in homage to Franklin featuring Gladys Knight, Ledisi, Donnie McClurkin, CeCe Winans and Mary Mary.

>> PHOTOS: 2018 American Music Awards red carpet arrivals

The Queen of Soul’s history with the AMAs – as a host, winner and performer – was acknowledged at the beginning of the segment, before a smiling Knight emerged to draw the notes out of “Amazing Grace” in the essence of Franklin.

>> American Music Awards 2018: Winners list

Gospel mainstay Donnie McClurkin took the crowd to church with a rousing “Climb Higher Mountains” (also the recessional song at Franklin’s funeral) and was followed by Winans delivering a passionate “Mary Don’t You Weep,” Ledisi belting “How I Got Over” and gospel duo Mary Mary and a spirited backing chorus clapping and grooving through “Old Landmark.”

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Earlier in the show, Taylor Swift commanded the winner’s circle with an armful of awards, including artist and tour of the year. 

Atlanta rappers Migos won favorite duo or group – pop/rock, beating Imagine Dragons and Maroon 5. 

For a full list of winners, click here.

American Music Awards Red Carpet


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Gladys Knight

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Gladys Knight

Gladys Knight performs onstage during the 2018 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on Oct. 9, 2018 in Los Angeles.

American Music Awards 2018: Winners list

Taylor Swift kicked off the American Music Awards with an explosive performance and Cardi B won the first award of the night, dedicating the honor to her daughter.

Photos: 2018 American Music Awards red carpet arrivals

Cardi B beat out Drake and Post Malone for favorite rap/hip-hop artist during Tuesday night’s show at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

Here is the complete “Winner’s List”

Artist of the Year: 

  • Drake 
  • Ed Sheeran 
  • Imagine Dragons 
  • Post Malone 
  • Taylor Swift (WINNER)

Collaboration of the Year: 

  • Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line, “Meant to Be” 
  • Bruno Mars & Cardi B, “Finesse” 
  • Camila Cabello featuring Young Thug, “Havana” (WINNER)
  • Post Malone featuring 21 Savage, “Rockstar” 
  • Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey, “The Middle”

Favorite Album Country: 

  • Kane Brown, Kane Brown (WINNER)
  • Luke Combs, This One’s for You 
  • Thomas Rhett, Life Changes

Favorite Album Pop/Rock: 

  • Drake, Scorpion 
  • Ed Sheeran, ÷ (Divide) 
  • Taylor Swift, reputation (WINNER)

Favorite Album Rap/Hip-Hop: 

  • Drake, Scorpion 
  • Lil Uzi Vert, Luv Is Rage 2 
  • Post Malone, beerbongs & bentleys (WINNER)

Favorite Album Soul/R&B: 

  • Khalid, American Teen 
  • SZA, CTRL 
  • XXXTentacion, 17 (WINNER)

Favorite Artist Adult Contemporary: 

  • Ed Sheeran 
  • P!nk 
  • Shawn Mendes (WINNER)

Favorite Artist Alternative Rock: 

  • Imagine Dragons 
  • Panic! At The Disco (WINNER)
  • Portugal. The Man

Favorite Artist Contemporary Inspirational: 

  • Lauren Daigle (WINNER)
  • MercyMe 
  • Zach Williams

Favorite Artist EDM: 

  • Marshmello (WINNER)
  • The Chainsmokers 
  • Zedd

Favorite Artist Latin: 

  • Daddy Yankee (WINNER)
  • J Balvin 
  • Ozuna

Favorite Artist Rap/Hip-Hop: 

  • Cardi B (WINNER)
  • Drake 
  • Post Malone

Favorite Duo/Group Country: 

  • Dan + Shay 
  • Florida Georgia Line (WINNER)
  • Lanco

Favorite Duo/Group Pop/Rock: 

  • Imagine Dragons 
  • Maroon 5 
  • Migos (WINNER)

Favorite Female Artist Country: 

  • Carrie Underwood (WINNER)
  • Kelsea Ballerini 
  • Maren Morris

Favorite Female Artist Pop/Rock: 

  • Camila Cabello 
  • Cardi B 
  • Taylor Swift (WINNER)

Favorite Female Artist Soul R&B: 

  • Ella Mai 
  • Rihanna (WINNER)
  • SZA

Favorite Male Artist Country: 

  • Kane Brown (WINNER)
  • Luke Bryan 
  • Thomas Rhett

Favorite Male Artist Pop/Rock: 

  • Drake 
  • Ed Sheeran 
  • Post Malone (WINNER)

Favorite Male Artist Soul/R&B: 

  • Bruno Mars 
  • Khalid (WINNER)
  • The Weeknd

Favorite Music Video: 

  • Camila Cabello, “Havana” (WINNER)
  • Cardi B, “Bodak Yellow” 
  • Drake, “God’s Plan”

Favorite Social Artist: 

  • Ariana Grande 
  • Cardi B 
  • Demi Lovato 
  • Shawn Mendes

Favorite Song Country: 

  • Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line, “Meant to Be” 
  • Dan + Shay, “Tequila” 
  • Kane Brown, “Heaven” (WINNER)

Favorite Song Pop/Rock: 

  • Camila Cabello, “Havana” (WINNER)
  • Drake, “God’s Plan” 
  • Ed Sheeran, “Perfect”

Favorite Song Rap/Hip-Hop: 

  • Cardi B, “Bodak Yellow” (WINNER)
  • Drake, “God’s Plan” 
  • Post Malone, “Rockstar”

Favorite Song Soul/R&B: 

  • Cardi B & Bruno Mars, “Finesse” (WINNER)
  • Ella Mai, “Boo’d Up” 
  • Khalid, “Young Dumb & Broke”

Favorite Soundtrack: 

  • Black Panther (WINNER)
  • The Fate of the Furious 
  • The Greatest Showman

New Artist of the Year: 

  • Camila Cabello (WINNER)
  • Cardi B 
  • Dua Lipa 
  • Khalid 
  • XXXTentacion

Tour of the Year:

  • Beyonce & JAY-Z 
  • Bruno Mars 
  • Ed Sheeran 
  • Taylor Swift (WINNER)
  • U2

The Associated Press contributed to this report

The American Music Awards 2018: What time, what channel, who is performing at the AMAs?

The 46th American Music Awards ceremony, where the fans pick the winners, is set for Tuesday in Los Angeles.

Taylor Swift will open the star-studded show, that will be broadcast from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. It will be the first time in nearly three years that Swift has performed at an awards show.

Here’s what you need to know about the show.

What time: The show begins at 8 p.m. ET

What channel: The AMAs will be broadcast live on ABC. 

Who is hosting: Tracee Ellis Ross, star of “black-ish,” is hosting.

What about a pre-show: The pre-show will be hosted by Jessie James Decker, Scott Evans, AJ Gibson, Erika Jayne, Laura Marano and Zach Sang. The two-hour show will stream live from the Microsoft Theater beginning at 6 p.m. ET. You can watch the show on YouTube. Find it here. You can also watch on Twitter by going here: or via @AMAs

Who has the most nominations: Cardi B and Drake tied with eight nominations. Ed Sheeran and Post Malone each have six nominations, and Camila Cabello, has five nominations.

Who is nominated for Artist of the Year: 


Imagine Dragons

Post Malone

Ed Sheeran

Taylor Swift

Who is up for Favorite Music Video: 

Camila Cabello featuring Young Thug “Havana”

Cardi B “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)”

Drake “God’s Plan”

For a complete list of nominees, click here.

Who is presenting:

Kelsea Ballerini

Tyra Banks

Kane Brown

Chloe x Halle

Macaulay Culkin

Lauren Daigle

Billy Eichner

Sara Gilbert

Kathryn Hahn

Amber Heard

Vanessa Hudgens

Taran Killam & Leighton Meester

Heidi Klum

Liza Koshy

Lenny Kravitz


Rita Ora

Busy Philipps

Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line

Thomas Rhett

Evan Ross & Ashlee Simpson-Ross

John Stamos

Amandla Stenberg

The Chainsmokers

Constance Wu

the cast of “Bohemian Rhapsody” including Rami Malek, Joseph Mazzello and Gwilym Lee

Who is performing: Here is a list of some of those scheduled to perform: 

benny blanco with Halsey and Khalid, 

Camila Cabello

Cardi B featuring Bad Bunny and J Balvin

Mariah Carey

Ciara featuring Missy Elliott

Dua Lipa

Jennifer Lopez

Ella Mai

Panic! At The Disco

Post Malone featuring Ty Dolla $ign

Shawn Mendes with Zedd

Taylor Swift

Twenty One Pilots

Carrie Underwood 

Anything special: There will be a tribute to Aretha Franklin who passed away in August.