There were some moments, including comedian Billy Eichner going off script to urge people to vote and XXXTentacion’s mother, Cleopatra Bernard, accepting the award for favorite Soul/R&B album for her late son.
But it was the performances at Tuesday’s ceremony that captured attention.
Taylor Swift, who just wrapped the North American leg of her “Reputation” tour, kicked off the show with her single, “I Did Something Bad.”
Tuesday marked Swift’s first live awards show performance in three years.
She also made history by snagging the artist of the year award, making Swift the most awarded artist in American Music Awards history.
Here are some of the other stage moments that put the “music” in “American Music Awards:”