Taylor Swift was the big winner at this year's American Music Awards scooping Artist of the Year, Best Pop/Rock Album, Best Tour and Pop/Rock Female Artist.

The gongs brought her to an impressive career total of 23 AMAs, meaning she overtook Whitney Houston for the most wins by a female artist at the fan-voted show.

Accepting the artist of the year prize on stage, Swift said: "I just want to say to the fans, you have been so nice to me and fun and funny and so cool and so loyal, and it's not lost on me, I understand how lucky I am."

She added that the awards represented "encouragement and motivation to be better and work harder".

Taylor Swift wins Tour of the Year during the 2018 American Music Awards

Swift used her acceptance speech for artist of the year to encourage her fans to vote.

Referring to the fact the awards were "voted for by the people", Swift said: "You know what else is voted on by the people?", before telling fans to "get out and vote" at the midterm elections.

Swift had announced Sunday on Instagram that she would be voting for Democratic candidates in her home state of Tennessee in the midterm elections on November 6.

 Taylor Swift performs onstage during the 2018 American Music Awards

Other winners on the night included Migos, Shawn Mendes, Camila Cabello and Carrie Underwood.

Migos were acknowledged as the favourite duo in the Pop/Rock category, while Mendes won the Adult Contemporary Artist.

Quavo (L) and Offset of Migos accept the award for Favorite Duo or Group - Pop/Rock

Cabello's Havana took Pop/Rock Song and Underwood was recognised as the favourite Country Female Artist.

 Camila Cabello poses with her awards for New Artist of the Year, Favorite Song - Pop/Rock and Collaboration of the Year

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

 Cardi B accepts the Favorite Artist - Rap/Hip-Hop award onstage
 Cardi B accepts the Favorite Artist - Rap/Hip-Hop award onstage

Late rapper, XXXTentacion, who was shot and killed in June aged 20, won a posthumous award. His album 17 was recognised in the Soul/R&B category, seeing off competition from Khalid and SZA.

: Cleopatra Bernard (C) accepts the award for Favorite Album - Soul/R&B on behalf of the late XXXTentacion

XXXTentacion's mother, Cleopatra, accepted the prize on stage, she said: "I am honoured. On behalf of my son, I would like to thank the AMAs, his fans and everyone who made this possible. Thanks guys, I appreciate it."

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

The winners:
Favourite rap artist - Cardi B
Pop/rock male - Post Malone
Tour of the Year- Taylor Swift
Soul/R&B Male - Khalid
Pop/Rock song - Camila Cabello (Havana)
Country female - Carrie Underwood
Adult contemporary - Shawn Mendes
Favourite duo pop/rock - Migos
Favourite album Soul/R&B - XXXTentacion
Pop/rock album of the year - Taylor Swift (Reputation)
New artist - Camila Cabello
Artist of the year - Taylor Swift 

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