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10/10/18

2018 American Music Awards: Full List Of Winners

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Earlier tonight (October 9th), the winners for the 2018 American Music Awards, which were hosted by Tracee Ellis Ross, were announced and as expected, Taylor Swift was among the complete list of winners with four trophies including Artist of the Year.

Cardi B and Camila Cabello also hit the podium to collect multiple trophies, while Post Malone and Kane Brown added awards to their mantles. Winners below:

2018 AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS: WINNERS

ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Taylor Swift

FAVORITE NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Camila Cabello

FAVORITE COLLABORATION OF THE YEAR
“Havanna,” Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug

FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST, POP/ROCK
Taylor Swift

FAVORITE MALE ARTIST, POP/ROCK
Post Malone

FAVORITE DUO OR GROUP, POP/ROCK
Migos

FAVORITE SONG, POP/ROCK
“Havanna,” Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug

FAVORITE ALBUM, POP/ROCK
Reputation, Taylor Swift

FAVORITE MALE ARTIST, COUNTRY
Kane Brown

FAVORITE ALBUM, COUNTRY
Kane Brown, Kane Brown

FAVORITE SONG, COUNTRY
“Heaven,” Kane Brown

FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST, COUNTRY
Carrie Underwood

FAVORITE DUO/GROUP, COUNTRY
Florida Georgia Line

FAVORITE ARTIST, RAP/HIP-HOP
Cardi B

FAVORITE MALE ARTIST, SOUL/R&B
Khalid

FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST, SOUL/R&B
Rihanna

FAVORITE SONG, SOUL/R&B
“Finesse,” Bruno Mars & Cardi B

FAVORITE ALBUM, RAP/HIP-HOP
Beerbongs & Bentleys, Post Malone

FAVORITE SONG, RAP/HIP-HOP
“Bodak Yellow,” Cardi B

FAVORITE ALBUM, SOUL/R&B
17, XXXTentacion

FAVORITE ARTIST, ADULT CONTEMPORARY
Shawn Mendes

FAVORITE ARTIST, ALTERNATIVE ROCK
Panic at the Disco

FAVORITE SOUNDTRACK
Black Panther

FAVORITE ARTIST, LATIN
Daddy Yankee

FAVORITE ARTIST, CONTEMPORARY INSPIRATIONAL
Lauren Daigle

FAVORITE ARTIST, ELECTRONIC DANCE MUSIC
Marshmello

FAVORITE SOCIAL ARTIST
BTS

FAVORITE MUSIC VIDEO
“Havanna,” Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug

FAVORITE TOUR OF THE YEAR
Taylor Swift
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10/9/18

2018 American Music Awards: Live Performances

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We like it like that! Hip-hop queen Cardi B hit the stage at the 2018 American Music Awards in Los Angeles on Tuesday, marking her first awards show performance since becoming a mom to her baby girl, Kulture Kiari Cephus, and it was a triumphant return.

Some of the other performers include Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, Shawn Mendes, Ciara with Missy Elliott, Jennifer Lopez and more. Watch them all in action beneath:

(VIDEOS COMING SOON)

Taylor Swift: "I Did Something Bad"

Twenty-One Pilots: "Jumpsuit"



Mariah Carey: "With You"



Shawn Mendes with Zedd: "Lost in Japan"



Ella Mai: "Boo'd Up"



Cardi B, J Balvin & Bad Bunny: "I Like It"



Khalid, Halsey & Benny Blanco:"Eastside"

Post Malone & Ty Dolla $ign: "Better Now"/"Psycho"



Dup Lipa: "One Kiss"/"Electricity"



Jennifer Lopez: "Limitless"

Camila Cabello: "Consequences"



Panic! at the Disco: "Bohemian Rhapsody"



Ciara with Missy Elliott: "Level Up"/"Dose"

Carrie Underwood: "Spinning Bottles"



Aretha Franklin Tribute
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2018 American Music Awards: Red Carpet Arrivals

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Serving double duty as host and executive producer, 'Black-ish' actress and bonafide fashionista Tracee Ellis Ross was snapped arriving on the red carpet at the 2018 American Music Awards, at the Microsoft Theaternin Los Angeles, California on Tuesday (October 9th)

Some of the other celebrities that hit the red carpet for the annual music event include: Ciara, Carrie Underwood, Post Malone, Taylor Swift, Cardi B, Shawn Mendes, Khalid, Jenifer Lopez and more. More of the star-studded red carpet arrivals below:

celebritybug's 2018 American Music Awards album on Photobucket
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10/7/18

Changes Are Coming To Celebrity Bug

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As I begin new and exciting chapters in my professional life, it has made it increasing more difficult to give the fans of Celebrity Bug the experience that they deserve.

When I started Celebrity Bug over a decade ago, it was an outlet to celebrate pop culture which has so richly influenced my life, and although this is not a goodbye, it is an update just so that each and everyone of you know what to expect from the site going forward.

Effective immediately, we will shift our focus to primarily covering major events and award shows (starting with Tuesday's American Music Awards), and publishing our annual lists (Best Dressed, Most Beautiful, etc.). In addition to that, we will still debut a Featured Artist each month and post other content (new music, videos and performances) as time permits.

Upcoming Features
Top 10 Couples
Top 10 Best Dressed Celebrities
50 Most Beautiful People of 2018

Upcoming Events
2018 American Music Awards
2018 BET Hip-hop Awards
2018 CMT Artists of the Year
2018 Country Music Association Awards

Stay tuned, becuase this is going to be so good. Much Love, Celebrity Bug!
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10/2/18

Featured Artist: Carrie Underwood

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With her new album 'Cry Pretty' scoring the largest first-week sales of the year for a female artist (surpassing the mark set by Cardi B), country titan Carrie Underwood earns the honor of becoming Featured Artist of the Month for October.

The album is preceded by the single "Cry Pretty" and in support of the project, she will embark on the 'Cry Pretty 360 Tour', which will launch next year on May 1st.




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9/18/18

Album Review: Carrie Underwood Straddles Perfection On 'Cry Pretty'

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It took thirteen years, but Carrie Underwood is finally on the verge of the artistic breakthrough that we have been waiting for since her career began with her ‘American Idol’ victory in 2005.

On her sixth studio album, ‘Cry Pretty’, her first release in three years, the 35-year-old superstar took some bold chances starting with her decision to leave her longtime label Arista Nashville after 5 platinum or multi-platinum studio albums (plus a platinum hits compilation), 7 Grammy Awards and 26 chart-toppers in search of a bigger global push.

It is hard to imagine the woman who has basically ruled the genre for more than a decade potentially expanding her reach, but that seems to be the goal and with the freedom provided by her new label, Universal Music Group Nashville, she taps into herself in a way that she never has before by writing 9 of the album’s 13 tracks and co-producing the project with David Garcia ("Meant to Be" by Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line).

“I’m sorry, but I am just a girl. Not usually the kind to show my heart to the world”, she sings on the resilient title track that sees her acknowledging that she has held her cards close to her vest - a pretty accurate description of a catalog that has mostly been told in third person.

This time around there is more “I” and “we” than “he” or “she”, and because of that there is an emotional connection present that has often evaded her music. Whether she is getting over an ex by listening to the country greats of yesterday (“Ghosts on the Stereo”), reminiscing on old escapades (“That Song That We Used To Make Love Too”), making love in the backseat (“End Up With You”) or sipping on two-for-one margaritas (“Southbound”), it is all experimental and most importantly, it is all her.

However, the real magic happens when she teams with co-producer Garcia and her go-to-girl Hillary Lindsey, who has been a main fixture in her writing credits since her Grammy-winning debut “Jesus, Take the Wheel”. Aside from penning “Backsliding”, the Sam Hunt-tinged stunner about an impromptu rendezvous with an ex, the trio also craft the striking beautiful “Low” and the tear-jerking “Spinning Bottles”.

The latter is piano-laced cut about the downfalls of alcoholism (“He’d quit if he could.”), while the former is building heartbreaker that unfolds gorgeously (“Like a cigarette without a light.”) and features a dynamic vocal performance that starts subtle and ends with palpable force. Underwood has long been the best singer in country music and the most consistent in any genre of music, and the unparalleled range that is shown here and on the soulful “Drinking Alone”, only reinforces her prowess as a vocalist.

The riskiest (and bravest) moments form with two songs about gun violence. True to form, she tries her hardest to enlighten and not offend, but it’s a controversial issue regardless of what side of the political aisle you are on and she deserves credit for going anywhere near a subject that her peers have answered with silence.

Co-written with Garcia and Brett James, “Love Wins” begins with a stray bullet that leaves a mother in tears and builds into a romping celebration of love that is at times cliché, but always effective. She openly embraces love over hate by celebrating the differences that make us “sisters and brothers”, while simultaneously acknowledging the current state of the world (“Politics and prejudice, how the hell’d it ever come to this?”).

The impact is felt, and it only gets stronger with “The Bullet”, a sweeping tale about the unstoppable damage and sting that a single bullet has through several generations, long after it has been fired. Still, none of those moments feels as authentically real for Carrie Underwood (the person, not the persona) as “Kingdom”, the closing track that sees her singing about the highs and lows of a family that is “perfectly imperfect”.

Final Verdict

‘Cry Pretty’ is brave, emotional, vulnerable, soulful, experimental and unshakably real, and although you can tell that Underwood hasn’t completely let her guard down, she pivots into new directions with pop and R&B influences and is more open than she has ever been.

By the end of the twelve tracks (thirteen with the Ludacris-assisted bonus “The Champion”), the picture is still pretty perfect, but you can finally see some cracks and as a listener, you only hope that she continues to expand and lift the veil on the struggles of real life.


OUT OF 5

Celebrity Bug’s Key Tracks
“Low”
“Backsliding”
“That Song That We Used To Make Love To”
“Spinning Bottles”
“Kingdom”
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