"Black-ish" star Tracee Ellis Ross will host the AMAs, which air live on ABC at 8 p.m. ET/ 5 p.m. PT.
Recently, Swift took to Instagram with a lengthy message about her political views. Cardi B and Drake are tied with the most nominations leading into the big show; both rappers are nominated in eight categories, though only Cardi will be taking the stage to perform.
'If you believe in equality for women, for people of color, the LGBTQ community; if you believe climate change is real and we need to do something about it.
'You can go to vote.gov like Taylor Swift told you to and go right now'. I believe that the systemic racism we still see in this country towards people of color is terrifying, sickening and prevalent'.
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"Please, please educate yourself on the candidates running in your state and vote based on who most closely represents your values", the "Bad Blood" singer added. Cardi B's husband, Offset of the rap trio Migos, danced along in the audience with group member Quavo as Cardi B worked the stage with vibrant dance moves, including the salsa.
The three-hour show closed with a rousing tribute to Aretha Franklin, who died in August. She is now only two awards behind Whitney Houston, who holds the record for most AMAs won by a female artist.
"I just wanted to make a mention of the fact that this award and every single award given out tonight were voted on by the people", the 28-year-old said at Los Angeles' Microsoft Theatre.
The singer racked up wins for favourite pop/rock album for "reputation", tour of the year, and artist of the year.