XXXTentacion's Mother Accepts His Award for Favorite Soul/R&B Album at AMAs

XXXTentacion's Mother Accepts His Award for Favorite Soul/R&B Album at AMAs

The 28-year-old pop singer won a record fourth artist of the year trophy at the fan-voted American Music Awards, beating rappers Drake and Post Malone, as well as Britain's Ed Sheeran and rock band Imagine Dragons for the top prize.

"Every single time this happens it represents encouragement and motivation for me to be better, work harder, and try and make you guys proud", said Swift in her acceptance speech. "I just wanted to say I'm going to be opening up the American Music Awards with a performance", she wrote. If you believe in equality for women, for people of color, for the LGBTQ community. Her voting record in Congress appalls and terrifies me.

"Every award was voted on by the people", Swift said of the AMAs.

The event, which was hosted by blackish star Tracee Ellis Ross, also marked Cardi's first awards show performance since giving birth to her daughter, Kulture Kiari Cephus, whom she welcomed with husband Offset on July 10.

Her words follow comments she made on social media earlier this week, in which she endorsed two Democrat candidates in her home state of Tennessee: Phil Bredesen for the Senate and Jim Cooper for the House of Representatives. Go to and you can find all the info. The show will also pay tribute to Aretha Franklin, who died in August.

Kane Brown swept the country categories with three wins, including male artist, album and song. The gospel production featured Gladys Knight, Ledisi, Mary Mary, Donnie McClurkin and CeCe Winans.

Both enjoyed a successful evening at the AMAs, with Cardi winning the awards for Favorite Artist - Rap/Hip-Hop and Favorite Song - Rap/Hip-Hop for Bodack Yellow.

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