American Music Awards 2018: Best dressed stars hit the red carpet

Taylor Swift is ready to rock in metallic mini dress as she leads best dressed along with J-Lo, Carrie Underwood and Amber Heard at American Music Awards

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Some of the biggest names in music lit up the red carpet at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Tuesday night.

The 2018 American Music Awards kicked off in spectacular fashion as celebrities from music, TV and film showed off their glitziest outfits in an effort to make their mark on the best dressed lists from the night.

Leading the way was Taylor Swift who looked metallic retro chic in a Balmain mini dress and thigh-high boots.

The Shake It Off hitmaker shared the spotlight with J-Lo who stunned in pink, Carrie Underwood who glowed in classic black and Amber Heard who glittered in a strapless gown. 








Silver siren: Taylor Swift looked fabulous along with J-Lo, Carrie Underwood and Amber Heard at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles on Tuesday




Metallic chic: The 28-year-old songstress made her mark in a super short silver Balmain mini dress with matching thigh-high boots


Nailed it: Taylor’s locks were swept up in an elegant updo with soft bangs framing her face

Taylor’s super short frock featured a high-neckline and long sleeves and she rocked a ’60’s makeup look with thick feline eyeliner flicks.

The 28-year-old Wildest Dreams hitmaker opted for an updo with soft bangs framing her face and rectangular earrings added to the retro vibe of her ensemble. 

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Taylor will be opening the show, marking her first awards show performance in nearly three years, singing I Did Something Bad from her Reputation album. 

She is competing for Artist of the Year against Drake, Ed Sheeran, Imagine Dragons and Post Malone.




Hot metal: The songstress, who will be opening the show, rocked 1960s vibes with her look

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    She’s back! Taylor is competing for Artist of the Year against Drake, Ed Sheeran, Imagine Dragons and Post Malone


    Showstopper: Taylor stole the spotlight in her figure-hugging mini dress and sexy thigh-high boots

    Jennifer Lopez proved her red carpet prowess as ever as she stunned in a hot pink Georges Chakra dress which showed plenty of cleavage and some leg with a slinky thigh-high slit.

    A black strip around her waist accentuated her curves and she elevated her height with some towering black platform heels. 

    The songstress is going to be performing during the night, singing Limitless from her movie Second Act.

    Mom-to-be Carrie Underwood, who is expecting her second child with husband Mike Fisher, wore a black velvet cold-shoulder gown as she cradled her baby bump on the red carpet.


    Iconic: Jennifer Lopez was sizzling in a hot pink Georges Chakra gown with plunging neckline and thigh-high slit




    Red carpet pro: The 49-year-old looked incredible as she showed off a pretty updo and smokey eye


    Burst of color: J-Lo played up for cameras as she toyed with the sheer shoulder train


    Ageless: Lopez will be performing her song Limitless from the soundtrack for her movie Second Act during the night




    Mom-to-be: Carrie Underwood, who will be performing during the night, glowed in a velvet black dress 


    Bumping along: The 35-year-old country singer is expecting her second child with husband Mike Fisher 


    Glowing: Carrie looked flawless with her blonde locks styled in a side parting and opted for gold earrings




    Golden girl: Actress Amber Heard accentuated her tiny waist in a glittering gold strapless dress with patent heels


    Elegant look: Amber, 32, looked lovely with her hair up showing off her plunging sweetheart neckline


    Hollywood beauty: The Aquaman actress showed off dramatic eyeliner which accentuated her features along with a nude lip

    The 35-year-old country crooner flashed some leg with a sexy slit and opted for gold accessories to complement the glittery embroidery of her gown. 

    Competing for the spotlight was Cardi B who made quite the entrance in a floral ballgown with corset bodice and matching headpiece.

    The 25-year-old I Like It rapper, who welcomed baby daughter Kulture in July, arrived with husband Offset who looked dapper in a plum hued suit.

    The couple, who married in a secret ceremony just over a year ago, put on a loved up display on the red carpet. 


    Floral explosion: Cardi B turned up in a stunning gown with corset attached and matching floral headpiece




    I Like It: The rapper flashed some leg from beneath her voluminous skirt and also gave a generous glimpse of her cleavage


    Loved up: The 25-year-old I Like It rapper, who welcomed baby daughter Kulture in July, arrived with husband Offset who looked dapper in a plum hued suit






    Red carpet queen: Vanessa Hudgens was a dream in a blush pink Cushnie gown with plunging neckline

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      Prom princess: Singer Dua Lipa arrived in a white heavily ruched off-the-shoulder gown by Giambattista Valli


      Wedding chic? The British pop beauty wore a super dramatic look to the awards bas

      Cardi is up for eight awards during the night including Favorite Artist – Rap/Hip-Hop and Favorite Song – Rap/Hip-Hop. 

      Vanessa Hudgens, 29, positively glowed as she arrived in a blush pink plunging satin Cushnie gown. 

      The brunette beauty wore her brunette bob styled sleekly to one side and showed off a fresh and subtle pastel makeup look.

      Airing live on ABC Black-ish star Tracee Ellis Ross will be hosting the show for the second year in a row.

      Fans can look forward to performances from Carrie Underwood, Mariah Carey, Shawn Mendes, Cardi B, Dua Lipa, Jennifer Lopez, Post Malone and many more.




      Legs eleven: Ciara looked flawless in a zip-detail DSquared2 dress with sky-scraper heels




      Model beauty: Project Runway star Heidi Klum wore a daring black dress with sheer crochet portions






      Embellishments galore: Marsai Martin, Qveen Herby and Zuri Hall rocked fabric, flowers and feathers




      Mixing it up: Tyra Banks showed her flair for red carpet style as she teamed a sparkly skirt with a voluminous white blouse




      Curves on parade: Justin Bieber’s ex-girlfriend Chantel Jeffries stunned in a skimpy strapless dress 

      Hip-hop dominates this year’s awards with Drake and Cardi B racking up eight nominations each.

      The Bodak Yellow hitmaker received nominations including for New Artist of the Year, Favorite Female Artist – Pop/Rock, Favorite Artist – Rap/Hip-Hop and Favorite Social Artist as well as Collaboration of the Year for her song Finesse with Bruno Mars.

      Cardi’s performance will be her first at an awards show since welcoming daughter Kulture Kiari with husband Offset in July. She will take the stage with Bad Bunny and J Balvin to perform I Like It. 

      Drake got nods in the Favorite Album – Pop/Rock category for Scorpion and Favorite Song – Pop/Rock category for God’s Plan.

      The 31-year-old rapper also receives nods for Artist of the Year, Favorite Male Artist – Pop/Rock and Favorite Artist – Rap/Hip-Hop. 




      Together again: Reunited couple G-Eazy and Halsey cuddled up on the red carpet following their brief split earlier this year


      Popstrel: The 24-year-old Bad At Love hitmaker wore a purple strapless tulle Redemption gown






      Glitzy do: Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Erika Jayne looked dressed to kill




      Glowing: Country singer Jessie James Decker rocked a cut-out black jumpsuit with metallic stilettos






      Thighs the limit! Country crooner Kelsea Ballerini flaunted her long legs in a sequinned Nicolas Jebran blazer dress


      Blonde beauty: Ashlee Simpson oozed glamour in a Monique Lhuillier wrap dress embellished with sequins


      Date night: The singer’s husband Evan Ross coordinated in a snazzy blue suit




      Beauties in black: Camila Cabello and Busy Philipps opted for evening chic in stylish trousers






      Monochrome magic: Leighton Meester looked glam in a black and white cut-out dress




      Screen beauties: Actresses Kathryn Hahn and Cobie Smulders flashed their pins in very stylish mini dresses




      Oscar-worthy: Actress Laura Marano shimmered in a strapless gown 


      Camera ready: Rita Ora brought some drama in a black gown with floral embroidery




      Blonde bombshell: Bebe Rexha looked incredible in a black glittery gown with silver lines

      Sheeran and Malone each earned six nominations, while Camila Cabello is up for five awards. 

      Sheeran will be battling it out for Artist of the Year, Tour of the Year, Favorite Male Artist – Pop/Rock and Favorite Album – Pop/Rock for Divide.  

      Cabello – in her first American Music Awards as a solo artist – has received nods in the New Artist of the Year and Favorite Female Artist – Pop/Rock categories.

      Her track Havana with Young Thug has been honored with nominations in Favorite Music Video, Favorite Song – Pop/Rock and Collaboration of the Year.






      Top of the crops: Reporter Sibley Scoles went all-out in a sparkly red number slashed at the waist




      Pastel hues: The night’s emcee Tracee Ellis Ross was chic in a blush suit while Ella Mai opted for a baby blue two-piece






      Boys in blue! Macaulay Culkin made a surprise appearance wearing a royal blue suit over a patterned shirt, Thomas Rhett look dapper in teal, while nominee Post Malone opted for a paler shade with colorful design 


      Cute couple: Fifth Harmony’s Lauren Jauregui brought some drama in a purple gown as she was accompanied by boyfriend Ty Dolla Sign




      Ravishing in red: TV personality Keltie Knight flashed some leg in a fringed gown


      Strike a pose: Makeup artist Patrick Starrr made quite the entrance in a a voluminous red-orange tiered gown with plenty of ruffles






      Red alert: Reality star Kyle Richards, actress Lexi Drew and singer Hilary Roberts opted for red in different fabrics

      Ariana Grande will battle it out with Cardi, Demi Lovato, Shawn Mendes and South Korean sensations BTS for Favorite Social Artist. 

      The AMAs will pay tribute to Aretha Franklin, died of pancreatic cancer at age 76 in August, and Queen. 

      AMA nominees are based on key fan interactions including streaming, album and digital song sales, radio airplay, social activity and touring.

      The measurements are tracked by Billboard and its data partners, including Nielsen Music and Next Big Sound, reflecting the time period from September 15, 2017 through August 9 2018.


      Quite a look! Pop star Poppy made a statement in a ruffled pink dress with black face mask




      Belles of the ball: Actress Lana Condor and singer Tiffany Young opted for ballgown chic


      Sister sister: R&B duo Chloe x Halle opted for high-neck gowns in vibrant hues




      Disco divas: Amara La Negra shimmered in a blue suit and statement silver earrings while Constance Wu wore a colorful sequinned mini   

      2018 American Music Awards Nominations

       Favorite Album – Pop/Rock

      Drake, Scorpion

      Ed Sheeran, Divide

      Taylor Swift, Reputation – WINNER

      Favorite Song – Pop/Rock

      Camila Cabello “Havana (feat. Young Thug)” – WINNER

      Drake, “God’s Plan”

      Ed Sheeran, “Perfect”

      Favorite Male Artist – Country

      Kane Brown

      Luke Bryan

      Thomas Rhett

      Favorite Female Artist – Country

      Kelsea Ballerini

      Maren Morris

      Carrie Underwood – WINNER

      Favorite Duo or Group – Country

      Dan + Shay

      Florida Georgia Line

      Lanco

      Favorite Album – Country

      Kane Brown, Kane Brown

      Luke Combs, This One’s for You

      Thomas Rhett, Life Changes

      Favorite Song – Country

      Kane Brown, “Heaven”

      Dan + Shay, “Tequila”

      Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line, “Meant to Be”

      Favorite Artist – Rap/Hip-Hop

      Cardi B – WINNER

      Drake

      Post Malone

      Favorite Album – Rap/Hip-Hop

      Drake, Scorpio

      Lil Uzi Ver, Luv Is Rage 2

      Post Malone, Beerbongs + Bentleys

      Favorite Song – Rap/Hip-Hop

      Cardi B, “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)”

      Drake, “God’s Plan”

      Post Malone, “Rock Star (feat. 21 Savage)”

      Favorite Male Artist – Soul/R&B

      Khalid – WINNER

      Bruno Mars

      The Weeknd

      Favorite Female Artist – Soul/R&B

      Ella Mai

      Rihanna

      SZA

      Favorite Album – Soul/R&B

      Khalid – American Teen

      SZA – CTRL

      XXXTENTACION – 17 – WINNER

      Favorite Song – Soul/R&B

      Khalid – “Young Dumb & Broke”

      Ella Mai – “Boo’d Up”

      Bruno Mars & Cardi B – “Finesse”

      New Artist of the Year

      Camila Cabello

      Cardi B

      Khalid

      Dua Lipa

      XXXTentacion

      Collaboration of the Year

      Camila Cabello “Havana (feat. Young Thug)”

      Post Malone, “Rock Star (feat. 21 Savage)”

      Bruno Mars and Cardi B, “Finesse”

      Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line, “Meant to Be”

      Zedd, Maren Morris and Grey, “The Middle”

      Favorite Music Video

      Camila Cabello “Havana (feat. Young Thug)”

      Cardi B, “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)”

      Drake, “God’s Plan”

      Favorite Artist – EDM 

      The Chainsmokers

      Marshmello

      Zedd

      Tour of the Year

      Beyoncé and Jay-Z

      Bruno Mars

      Ed Sheeran

      Taylor Swift

      U2

      Favorite Soundtrack

      Black Panther

      The Greatest Showman

      The Fate of the Furious

      Favorite Male Artist – Pop/Rock

      Drake

      Post Malone – WINNER

      Ed Sheeran

      Favorite Female Artist – Pop/Rock

      Camila Cabello

      Cardi B

      Taylor Swift

      Favorite Duo or Group – Pop/Rock

      Imagine Dragons

      Maroon 5

      Migos – WINNER

      Favorite Artist – Alternative Rock

      Imagine Dragons

      Panic! At the Disco

      Portugal. The Man

      Favorite Artist – Latin

      J Balvin

      Daddy Yankee

      Ozuna

      Favorite Artist – Adult Contemporary

      Shawn Mendes – WINNER

      Pink

      Ed Sheeran

      Favorite Artist – Contemporary Inspirational 

      Lauren Daigle

      MercyMe

      Zach Williams

      Favorite Social Artist 

      BTS

      Cardi B

      Ariana Grande

      Demi Lovato

      Shawn Mendes

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