The Biggest Moments From Last Night's AMAs

The Biggest Moments From Last Night's AMAs

From Taylor Swift breaking records to Dua Lipa filling the room with "Electricity", in case you missed it, here's what went down.

From Taylor Swift breaking records to Dua Lipa filling the room with "Electricity", in case you missed it, here's what went down.

Text: Chloe Laguette

Taylor Swift Opens the Show and Takes Home Basically Every Trophy

Kicking off the show with her first live TV performance in three years, Taylor Swift performed her hard hitting track, “I Did Something Bad.” While she didn’t get nearly as political per her Instagram post that blew up the Internet this week, her overall presence during the show cheekily hinted at her newfound public political agenda. When singing the lyrics “They’re burning all the witches even if you aren’t one — they got their pitchforks and proof, their receipts and reasons, ” she gestured to herself, possibly referring to the infamous Kanye incident nearly 10 years ago, and the internet decided she was a "snake."

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Alas, there was a giant snake behind her during the performance and has been a consistent symbol on her tour. She hinted at all of this in her speech for pop/rock album for “Reputation.”

“The whole time that I was writing an album based on all the facets of a reputation and how it affects you, what it actually means to you, I was surrounded by friends and family and loved ones who never loved me less based on the fluctuations of public opinion,” she said.

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This might have well been the Taylor Swift awards, as she became the most decorated female artist in the award show's history. She racked up four more awards, for artist of the year, tour of the year, favorite female artist, and favorite pop/rock album, respectively. Swift now has 23 AMAs over her career; previously, Whitney Houston held the record with 21.

She tied the night with Camilla Cabello, who also won four awards, for new artist of the year, collaboration, song, and video of the year, for her and Young Thug's bop, Havana)

The most political she got was actually in her final speech, where she said, “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 Nov. 6. Get out and vote! I love you guys.”

Billy Eichner Gets Political

Billy Eichner also urged audiences to vote, telling them to follow Swift's plea. “The biggest election of our lifetime is happening … please grab your friends, tell them to vote. Now is the time, if you believe in equality for women, for people of color, for the LGBTQ community, if you believe that climate change is real and that we need to do something about it. Don’t let anybody tell you your vote won’t count. It counts. And you can go to vote.gov like Taylor Swift told you to!” he said.

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Cardi B Knows How To Turn Up

Even in the bask of Taylor Swift's spotlight, who could forget Cardi B? She called out the haters who claim she can't be a working mom in her speech for the best rap/hip-hop artist award. “I gotta prove people wrong, cause they said I wasn’t going to make it after I had a baby," she said. She also collected the awards for best rap/hip-hop song for “Bodak Yellow,” and best soul/R&B song for “Finesse” with Bruno Mars.

She gave a vivid performance of the summertime hit, "I Like It" with Bad Bunny.

It's Mariah Carey's World... We Are Just Living In It

In other performance news, Mariah Carey's rendition of "With You" had her onstage in a red mermaid dress which may or may not had a couple of backup dancers hidden inside of it. However, Twitter roasted her for her lip-syncing abilities, but she's still a legend. Enough said.

Dua Lipa Produced Slay-Worthy "Electricity"

V113 cover star Dua Lipa gave an extremely sexy and visually stimulating mash-up of her two hits, "One Kiss" and "Electricity" on a back-lit stage which looked like the Berlin rave of our dreams— dancing, making out, paint smeared everywhere and rain showers.

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