Taylor Swift, Cardi B set for American Music Awards

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The 2018 American Music Awards are nearly upon us, and ABC has assembled a surprisingly diverse crop of personalities to help us prepare for the big night.

Cardi B won the Rap/Hip-Hop Artist gong and thanked her three-month-old daughter, Kulture.

The ceremony airs at 8 p.m. E.T. on ABC.

Other winners included Post Malone (male pop/rock artist), Khalid (male soul/R&B artist), and country star Carrie Underwood, who accepted her 13th American Music Award. She believes businesses have a right to refuse service to gay couples.

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And Swift was not the only one to get political, with host and Golden Globe-winning Black-ish actress Tracee Ellis Ross wearing a shirt bearing the words: "I am a voter". If you believe in equality for women, for people of color, for the LGBTQ community.

According to the group Vote.org, Swift's post to her 112 million Instagram followers seems to have "helped bring out young voters".

'You can go to vote.gov like Taylor Swift told you to and go right now'. "I gotta prove people wrong. These are not MY Tennessee values", Swift wrote. So many intelligent, thoughtful, self-possessed people have turned 18 in the past two years and now have the right and privilege to make their vote count. Carrie Underwood was in ideal form vocally, and Camila Cabello - who tied Swift with four wins - gave a heartful, touching and vocally impressive performance of the ballad "Consequences", earning her a standing ovation.

Late rapper, XXXTentacion, who was shot and killed in June aged 20, won a posthumous award.

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Elsewhere, Swift was not the only major celebrity to perform, with both Mariah Carey and Jennifer Lopez taking to the stage.

There was also a tribute to the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin, who died in August.

Migos were acknowledged as the favourite duo in the pop/rock category, Mendes won the adult contemporary artist, Cabello's Havana took pop/rock song and Underwood was recognised as the favourite country music female.

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