The Crimes of Grindelwald Re-Review: Didn’t Manage To Enchant

J.K. Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald made its official premiere yesterday and is on track to collect $75 million through its opening weekend, despite harsh reviews.

Crimes of Grindelwald is the second film in the Fantastic Beasts series and is an extension of the Wizarding World initially created for the Harry Potter franchise.

It would be unfair to call the movie terrible because it had splashes of Rowling’s brilliance, but it’s impossible to defend its shortcomings.

The main issue with the film is that it lacks the streamlined warmth and inner story that each of the Harry Potter movies strived in. Even the first Fantastic Beasts movie had a beginning, comprehensible middle, and satisfying end.

The film begins with Grindelwald’s (Johnny Depp) escape from a U.S. wizarding prison. As the dark wizard slithered from one spell to the next and took on ten Aurors by himself in a spectacular mid-air fight I tucked further into my reclining theatre chair and prepared for another stellar story.

That story was there, somewhere, but it stuffed below an onslaught of scenes that seemed chaotic and diluted by poor transitions. It jumped from scene to scene with little explanation as to how we got there and why. All of the moving parts are eventually brought together, but done so by a character that plays no role other than that.

The unnecessary addition of new characters was another gripe I had with the film; some famous names were there for no reason at all. Most of the trailers show off Nicolas Flamel, the renowned creator of the Philosopher’s stone. His role in the movie turned out to be laughable. A couple of returning characters, such as fan favorite no-Maj Jacob Kowalski, suffer the same fate.

This lack of organization made it hard to feel connected to any of the characters, especially those that were newly introduced. Of course, seeing a young Dumbledore and McGonagall at Hogwarts was nostalgic and made the Harry Potter fan in me giddy regardless.

In its defense, Rowling not only wrote up the story and its characters but also played a large part in the film’s production. This could be a reason why its structure resembled that of a book; there was a smooth beginning that set up what the story was going to be about, but the middle chapters were split between multiple characters, each getting a chapter or two in a rotation until the conclusion.

For hardcore fans, The Crimes of Grindelwald is perfect. It’ll stuff you with details, waste little time explaining what’s going on, and eventually give you the answers you’ve been waiting for, all while setting up the next few movies. That’s essentially what this film was; a giant build up that answered a few necessary questions to get the ball rolling.

However, there’s no getting around the fact that it’s a very confusing, convoluted mess of a movie that would probably be better received if it had a book to back it up. That’s how the last couple of Harry Potter movies got away with jumping around in the same fashion, after all. No one cared about transitions at that point because everyone had memorized each detail from Rowling’s pages.

The beasts were fantastic, Eddie Redmayne was spectacular as Newt Scamander once again, Depp turned out to be the Grindelwald we never knew we needed and the last minute of the movie gave us an answer that we’ve been waiting three years for. Who is Credence the Obscurus?

Fantastic Beasts 3 will be epic and while this film was a bit tough to swallow, it wasn’t so bad that it curbed my excitement for what Rowling will make happen next.

 

 

 

The Crimes of Grindelwald Re-Review: Didn’t Manage To Enchant

J.K. Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald made its official premiere yesterday and is on track to collect $75 million through its opening weekend, despite harsh reviews.

Crimes of Grindelwald is the second film in the Fantastic Beasts series and is an extension of the Wizarding World initially created for the Harry Potter franchise.

It would be unfair to call the movie terrible because it had splashes of Rowling’s brilliance, but it’s impossible to defend its shortcomings.

The main issue with the film is that it lacks the streamlined warmth and inner story that each of the Harry Potter movies strived in. Even the first Fantastic Beasts movie had a beginning, comprehensible middle, and satisfying end.

The film begins with Grindelwald’s (Johnny Depp) escape from a U.S. wizarding prison. As the dark wizard slithered from one spell to the next and took on ten Aurors by himself in a spectacular mid-air fight I tucked further into my reclining theatre chair and prepared for another stellar story.

That story was there, somewhere, but it stuffed below an onslaught of scenes that seemed chaotic and diluted by poor transitions. It jumped from scene to scene with little explanation as to how we got there and why. All of the moving parts are eventually brought together, but done so by a character that plays no role other than that.

The unnecessary addition of new characters was another gripe I had with the film; some famous names were there for no reason at all. Most of the trailers show off Nicolas Flamel, the renowned creator of the Philosopher’s stone. His role in the movie turned out to be laughable. A couple of returning characters, such as fan favorite no-Maj Jacob Kowalski, suffer the same fate.

This lack of organization made it hard to feel connected to any of the characters, especially those that were newly introduced. Of course, seeing a young Dumbledore and McGonagall at Hogwarts was nostalgic and made the Harry Potter fan in me giddy regardless.

In its defense, Rowling not only wrote up the story and its characters but also played a large part in the film’s production. This could be a reason why its structure resembled that of a book; there was a smooth beginning that set up what the story was going to be about, but the middle chapters were split between multiple characters, each getting a chapter or two in a rotation until the conclusion.

For hardcore fans, The Crimes of Grindelwald is perfect. It’ll stuff you with details, waste little time explaining what’s going on, and eventually give you the answers you’ve been waiting for, all while setting up the next few movies. That’s essentially what this film was; a giant build up that answered a few necessary questions to get the ball rolling.

However, there’s no getting around the fact that it’s a very confusing, convoluted mess of a movie that would probably be better received if it had a book to back it up. That’s how the last couple of Harry Potter movies got away with jumping around in the same fashion, after all. No one cared about transitions at that point because everyone had memorized each detail from Rowling’s pages.

The beasts were fantastic, Eddie Redmayne was spectacular as Newt Scamander once again, Depp turned out to be the Grindelwald we never knew we needed and the last minute of the movie gave us an answer that we’ve been waiting three years for. Who is Credence the Obscurus?

Fantastic Beasts 3 will be epic and while this film was a bit tough to swallow, it wasn’t so bad that it curbed my excitement for what Rowling will make happen next.

 

 

 

American Horror Story Season 8 Ends (VIDEO RECAP)

The end of “the end of the world” never felt so rushed and satisfying.

Jeremy talks about American Horror Story: Apocalypse, the ending of Season 8 and a few unanswered questions that we had coming into the final episode.   See Jeremy’s recap below.

 

‘Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald’ Review, A Beautiful Disaster

Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald is a Harry Potter movie on crack.  

From a theatrical, storytelling, standpoint it was a hot mess. From the perspective of a Harry Potter fan, you’ll be left with a lot of questions.

However, for those that have invested time into the franchise, you’ll be at the edge of your seat the entire time for an overall satisfying ride. Whip out your phones because when the credits roll, Google will be your best friend.  

There are hardly any references to characters or situations that happened in the first movie, so we recommend that you take the time to watch Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them as a refresher.

As we continue our review, know that spoiler warnings are in effect.

The Fantastic Beasts

The fantastic beasts in Crimes of Grindelwald were arguably (and it appears most critics would agree) the best part of the movie.

They were all extremely unique, creative creatures that did a great job of grabbing and pulling you into their world. Whether that be underwater or across Paris depends on where you are in the movie. 

The biggest draw to these beasts are the mysteries behind them and what they’re capable of.

One of our favorites, the Zouwu, can travel thousands of miles a day without getting tired. Rowland describes it as an, “…elephant sized cat, [that is] five colored…”

The Love Stories of Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald

The fan-favorite couple of the first movie, Queenie and Jacob (played by Alison Sudol and Dan Fogler respectively) were quickly introduced and then quickly torn apart.  It was heartbreaking but didn’t quite have the impact the writers were probably expecting because of their minimal screen time. 

We feel like J.K. Rowling said, ‘We’ve got a lot to cover, so let’s close this out and thank you, next.’

Newt Scamander, portrayed by Eddie Redmayne, and his seemingly emotionally flat love interest, Tina, played by Katherine Waterston, refers to him as ‘Mr. Scamander’ upon their first meeting. This came off cold and uncaring, which was fine. However, they had very little chemistry throughout, which may have also been due to on-screen time.

When Tina is first brought up, Queenie mentions to Newt that Tina was hurt hearing he was supposedly engaged to Leta Lestrange. It didn’t come off that way during their exchanges and even the height of Newt and Tina’s one-on-one love scene was cut short due to the entrance of Leta Lestrange.  Speaking of Leta…

Leta Lestrange, Newt and their brother love triangle.  This was explored briefly but it was a love story not well fleshed out. It is distracting at best as it arises and then leaves the viewers with so many questions.  At the beginning of the movie they introduce Newt and Leta with some obvious tension, then a scene back at Hogwarts with both of their interactions as kids. We find a few moments later that she is engaged to Newt’s brother, Theseus Scamander (Callum Turner).

After all that, she dies.

Finally, there is the love story of Credence and Nagini played by Ezra Miller and Claudia Kim. Another odd couple in the film; they get close, never kiss, have a few intimate moments,  and then Credence leaves her to be with Grindelwald because of his family issues. Done deal.

On this end, the film doesn’t allow viewers to feel the stakes involved with any of the characters, so in this aspect you’ll be left quite unsatisfied.

The Twists of Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald

(From the perspective of Credence Barebone)  “So I’m an adopted boy? No wait, I’m a Lestrange, no…actually you’re a Dumbledore.  Wait, there’s another Dumbledore? WTF.”

Then, the twist of, Leta Lestrange with a mysterious man who is not tied with the Ministry or with Grindelwald’s army.  We come to find out that he is an estranged half-brother who wishes to kill Leta’s real brother, who we all think is Credence but find out later that he is not Credence and her ‘real’ brother died when he was a baby that Leta switched with another baby because he was irritating.

That was not confusing at all…

Where Are We In Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald

We explore the wizarding world and then the no-maj world. We go back and forth without any indication of where you are. Are we in the no-maj world? Are we in the Wizarding world?

How are all these monsters out and about?  Did Grindelwald just cast a spell all over Paris for the world to see?  Did anyone see those huge blue dragons burning up a cemetery?

Then we continue to wonder. Are we in Newt’s suitcase? Are we at his house?  Are we in his basement?

Even Hogwarts doesn’t look like Hogwarts although we’ll give them that it was in an earlier timeline.

Summary

Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald is a great movie for Harry Potter fans.  

I’m not gonna lie, it is pretty confusing but there are shining moments such as the dramatic speech given by Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) and the charm that Eddie Redmayne brings to Newt Scamander’s character. (although lost in the shuffles of confusing story archs and weak character building) Scamander so darn likable interacting with his fantastic beasts, that it distracts you long enough to throw in a few good laughs amongst a rather dark film.

Star Wars: Rogue One Is Getting Its Own Live Action Series On Disney Plus

A couple of months into 2018 Disney announced that it would eventually be taking its movies off of popular streaming services such as Netflix in order to launch its own streaming service, Disney Plus. Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger suggested that the streaming service will come in late 2019 and it will be significantly cheaper than the $10.99 monthly cost of a Netflix subscription.

 

 

Disney Plus will be headlined by its exclusive access to Marvel and Star Wars films, as well as a handful of television projects that include a live-action Star Wars series, a show based on Pixar’s Monsters Inc., a new Marvel show, and a series based on the High School Musical franchise.

 

 

It was previously thought that the Star Wars components of Disney Plus would essentially include the live-action series, The Mandalorian, written by Jon Favreau, and the final season of the animated series, The Clone WarsThe Mandalorian will be centered around a “lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic.” It takes place after Episode VI – Return of The Jedi and before the formation of the First Order in Episode VII – The Force Awakens.

 

 

However, The Mandalorian won’t be the only live-action show available when Disney Plus debuts. Star Wars’ expanded-universe movie, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, will also be getting an independent spin-off, Iger announced Thursday.

 

 

Star Wars fans will have to wait a while more to sink their teeth into the live-action series, which will begin production next year, but Iger mentioned that it would follow the adventures of the popular rebel spy, Cassian Andor. The show will take place during the early years of the Rebellion and before the events of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, according to a news release about the show’s announcement.

 

 

Andor will be played by the same actor as in Rogue One, Diego Luna, who seems to be very excited about the opportunity to get back to fighting the Empire.

 

 

“Going back to the Star Wars universe is very special for me,” said Luna. “I have so many memories of the great work we did together and the relationships I made throughout the journey. We have a fantastic adventure ahead of us, and this new exciting format will give us the chance to explore this character more deeply,” said Luna in the news release.

 

 

While the series doesn’t have an official title, it will most likely fill many of the gaps that were left between Episode III – Revenge of the Sith and Episode IV – A New Hope. Anakin Skywalker has just become Darth Vader and Darth Sidious is still celebrating his successful takeover of the galaxy. Andor will have to carefully avoid capture while executing thrilling missions against the Empire to restore hope and begin the Rebellion.

 

 

An official release date has not been announced. More information can be found at StarWars.com.

 

 

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The Best Celebrity Halloween Costumes 2018

Halloween 2018 came and went as fast as you can say ‘trick-or-treat’ but it’s always fun to take a look back at who killed the Day of The Dead. From a designer dripped Jason Vorhees to a very convincing Pennywise, here are the best celebrity costumes from yesterday’s spooky festivities.

 

Lebron James – Jason Vorhees 

 

Harry Styles – Elton John

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rita Ora – Post Malone

 

Klay Thompson – Jackie Moon

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JaVale McGee – The Grinch 

 

Olivia Munn – Peik Lin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brandon Ingram – Lord Voldemort

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Victor Oladipo – Black Panther

 

Kendall Jenner – Fembot from Austin Powers

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Halsey – Poison Ivy

 

Mindy Kaling – Mustard

 

Diddy – Pennywise

 

Beyonce & Jay-Z – Olympic Track Stars

 

Lil Pump – Na’Vi from Avatar

 

DeAndre Hopkins – Better Na’Vi from Avatar

 

Joe Jonas & Sophie Turner – Gomez and Morticia Addams 

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Chrissy Teigan & John Legend – Queen and Duke of Halloween

 

Tom Brady – Super Creepy Clown

 

Lonzo Ball – Batman 

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Aaron Gordon – Aaron Judge 

 

Golden Tate – Willy Wonka

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10 Terrifying Movies To Watch This Halloween

In October one of the most popular Google searches is, “Scary movies to watch for Halloween.” Unfortunately, most of the time what comes up is a list of generic titles that might’ve scared you as a child, but won’t give you nightmares as an adult.

 

Luckily for you horror fans, we’ve compiled a list of ten absolutely horrifying films to watch during the week leading up to Halloween. If you’re a horror part-timer who’s feeling brave because of the time of year, you might want to stick to Hocus Pocus.

 

 

10. The Conjuring

It’s safe to say that when a list of ten horror movies starts with The Conjuring it’s going to be a good list.

 

The Conjuring follows paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren who are on a job to help a family that is experiencing an evil presence in their farmhouse. While it’s mainstream and widely popular, it’s a great horror film that checks off all of the boxes for a paranormal spooky.

 

 

 

9. The Thing

This creepy monster movie is about a research team that is being hunted by an alien who has the ability to take the appearance of the people it kills in the most disgusting way possible. While The Thing is a pretty ridiculous name for a scary movie, it does a great job of meshing jump-scares, gross-out scenes and a feeling of hopelessness.

 

 

 

8. The Visit

If you’re planning on visiting your grandparents in the near future, don’t watch The Visit. It follows two children who are recording a home video about meeting their grandparents for the first time. Unfortunately for the kids, the two oldsters suffer from sundown syndrome, which turns them into a pair of complete psychos when the sun sets. It also has a horrifying twist towards the end.

 

 

 

7. Rec. 

Rec. is one of the original “camcorder point-of-view” movies. It follows a reporter and cameraman into an apartment building that seemingly has no power and before they know it, they’re trapped inside with something terrible. If you’re afraid of the dark, this movie is perfect for you.

 

 

 

6. I Saw The Devil

I Saw The Devil is a foreign horror film that follows a secret agent that is looking to exact revenge on a serial killer through capture, torture, and release, over and over. It’s truly disturbing and will follow you for nights to come.

 

 

 

5. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

We’re in the top five, which means that the following movies are going to be off-the-charts scary. Continue at your own risk. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is a classic horror film that depicts a family of cannibalistic psychos hunting and murdering a nice little family. Good stuff. The film was underfunded, they recorded for 16 hours a day in the blazing hot Texas sun, and almost every member of the crew was actually injured on set.

 

 

 

4. The Descent

The perfect scary movie for the claustrophobic viewer. The Descent follows six women who go underground to explore what they believe to be an undiscovered system of caves and tunnels. When they realize that they’re not alone, it’s already too late.

 

 

 

3. The Blair Witch Project

The Blair Witch Project is loosely based on a true story about the town of Blaire, Maryland and its mysterious, murderous history. Something about movies that depict a scary story that really happened makes them even more terrifying. Sit back and try to relax as you watch the newly found recordings of three film students who have vanished into the woods while investigating the Blair Witch.

 

 

 

2. Misery

Released in 1990, Misery is truly an OG in the scary movie game. It depicts a famous author who is rescued by one of his fans after a car accident. When he wakes up he realizes that he can’t leave. Misery’s story is entirely too possible and Kathy Bates creates a character that is very believable.

 

 

 

1. Shutter (Thai Version)

Shutter is the scariest film that you can watch this Halloween. It’s spooky, disturbing, haunting, depressing, pretty much all of the above. Good luck trying to sleep the night you watch it. Our recommendation is to save it for the night of Halloween.

 

 

 

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American Horror Story Goes Back To Murder House

We’ve finally come full circle.

 

That’s right, season eight episode six of American Horror Story takes us back to where it all began – Murder House.

 

Ryan Murphy is pulling out all the stops, bringing back show favorites to help put an exclamation mark on Season 8, Apocalypse. The “Doorway to Hell” never looked more inviting.

 

With a long list of appearances from returning characters in its 8th season, the most highly anticipated character is none other than Jessica Lange.

 

It is commonly known that American Horror Story has been centered around strong female leads and Lange was the leader in seasons two, three, and four, and won two Emmys playing Fiona Goode and Elsa Mars respectively.

 

Lange will make her supposedly final reappearance in season eight for the upcoming episode revisiting Murder House and reprising her role as Constance Langdon, the grandmother of the Antichrist, Michael Langdon, who has played the major bad guy throughout Apocalypse.   

 

And now, we’ll finally know his backstory.

 

Return to Murder House is predicted to bridge the gap between two of the highest rated seasons – Coven (S3) and Murder House (S1). So expect big ratings right out of the gate.

 



An aspect that has kept American Horror Story so fresh throughout its 8 seasons is that not only does each season tell a different ‘story’ (not continuous to the previous season), its main actors and actresses play leading roles as completely different characters altogether in each season with the exception of cross-overs.

 

To put it into perspective, Sarah Paulson has played a different character in each season and has played up to three different characters in one season, which was shown in Roanoke (S6).


We’re thinking Apocalypse will beat the record.

 

American Horror Story’s Many Faces

There is no doubt that American Horror Story – the show – has launched many illustrious careers since its debut back in 2011.  A few to mention who you may be familiar with are:

 

Sarah Paulson, who played a role in Oceans 8 as one of the main ladies, but has been one of the few actresses to be in every season of American Horror Story.

 

Evan Peters, who played Quicksilver in Foxes’ X-Men Days of Future Past

 

Lady Gaga, who also won a Golden Globe on the show for her role in Hotel (S5) and went on to a leading role in the Oscar-worthy Box Office hit, A Star Is Born.

 

Other notable appearances include:

 

Emma Roberts, who came with her own fame as the niece of Julia Roberts, but fans fell in love with her character Madison Montgomery (S3).

 

Kathy Bates, who has played every role imaginable since her debut in Coven in season three.  She attributed her acting career comeback to American Horror Story according to an interview with Vanity Fair.

 

Connie Britton, who played the original leading lady to kick off the show in Murder House. Having only been with the show for one season, she landed a leading role opposite to Hayden Panettiere in smash-hit. Nashville.

 

Adina Porter, who holds/held pivotal roles in The 100 and True Blood.  Porter made an appearance in Murder House as Sally Freeman and then had a more prominent role in American Horror Story: Roanoke (S6).

 

The list of celebs goes on and Ryan Murphy, the creator of the show, left no stone unturned in the upcoming latest episode.  

 

Whether you’re a fan of the show or not, this episode is sure to break the internet with a long list of star appearances. 

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A Star Is Born Nabs #1 Spot, But Not For The Box Office

Sony’s Venom film halted the chances for A Star Is Born to hit the top spot at the Box Office last week, but as luck would have it, Billboard announced that the latter’s soundtrack earned the number one album spot on the Top 200 charts on Sunday.

 

According to Billboard, Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s heartfelt soundtrack sold 231,000 units since its release on October 5th.

 

This accomplishment catapults Gaga into the history books, being the first female artist to release five number one albums since Billboard began charting artists. This also gives Bradley Cooper his first number one album on the charts. Cooper did not have a singing career prior to the release.

 

According to Nielsen Music, “…[the album] was released via Interscope Records on Oct. 5, starts with 231,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Oct. 11…[it is] the biggest week for a soundtrack in more than three-and-a-half years. Of Star’s overall starting sum, 162,000 were in album sales.”

 

Throughout the chart’s history, the Top Billboard 200 has ranked the most popular albums of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption as measured in equivalent album units. Units are comprised of traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA).



Billboard explains that the album charts will show A Star Is Born’s accomplishment on Oct. 16, the day when the chart renews for the week.

 

Not only is the album charting on all domestic lists, but its singles are charting just as high. Since the release of Shallow – the album’s top song – the song has been number one for two consecutive weeks on iTunes’ Single charts.

 

That song joins “Always Remember Us This Way” and “I’ll Never Love Again (Extended Version)” being 2nd and 4th respectively on the Singles chart. The songs have held these positions even with new song releases from popular artists including, Bad Bunny’s “MIA” feat. Drake and Kodak Black’s “ZEZE” feat. Travis Scott and Offset.

 

The iTunes charts are sprinkled with the movie’s 34 song album set and both the explicit and non-explicit albums are listed at number one on iTunes’ album charts. Gaga’s discography of #1 albums includes Joanne (in 2016), Cheek to Cheek, her collaboration with Tony Bennett (2014), ARTPOP (2013) and Born This Way (2011).

 

A Star is Born: Movie Review

A Star is Born is a tragic love story about a well-known musician who (Bradley Cooper) discovers Ally, (Gaga’s character) an aspiring singer who works at a diner and sings at a drag club.  As he introduces Ally to the public eye (by inviting her on stage to sing with him) they sing a duet that goes viral, skyrocketing Ally’s career.

 

Ally’s fame and popularity soon overshadow that of Cooper’s character, Jackson Maine. As the film progresses, it shows Maine struggling with Tinnitus in his ears, apparently from not wearing earplugs, and is dealing with a heavy drinking problem that ruins many tender moments throughout the movie.

 

As fast as the love story is introduced, it is quickly followed by a steep drop where things turn quickly. All of the bubbling issues that the two singers are dealing with boil over to the surface and our hopeful love story concludes with Maine taking his life as to not hold his wife back from her success.

 

The ending leaves us with a tribute song to Ally’s late husband with a cut to black.

A Star is Born may not have gained the top spot on the silver screen but it could have been number one in the hearts of all the watchers during its opening weekend and now fans can celebrate the album’s number one accolade.

American Music Awards 2018: Taylor Swift’s Big Night

Taylor Swift made AMA history at the 2018 American Music Awards winning the most awards for a female artist since Whitney Houston in 1997.  She previously received an honorary International Artist Award in 2009. 

The night brought her total win count to 23 AMAs beating Houston’s 21 trophy count. The highest overall win count would be Michael Jackson who has 24, which is not too far off for the “Look What You Made Me Do” singer.

Awards for Swift included Tour of the Year, Pop/Rock Album of the Year and the highest award title, Artist of the Year. While accepting the highest honor, 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.”

This is the fourth time Swift has won the Artist of the Year award, for which she holds the record.  

Of course, an AMA night would not be complete without its fair share of musical performances.  Swift opened the night followed by a line up of great artists.

 

2018 American Music Awards’ Performances

  • Mariah Carey, “With You”
  • Post Malone feat. Ty Dolla $ign, “Psycho” / “Better Now”
  • Jennifer Lopez, “Limitless”
  • Shawn Mendes x Zedd, “Lost In Japan”
  • Ella Mai, “Boo’d Up”
  • Dua Lipa, “One Kiss” / “Electricity”
  • Camila Cabello, “Consequences”
  • Ciara feat. Missy Elliott, “Level Up” / “Dose”
  • Carrie Underwood, “Spinning Bottles”
  • Twenty-One Pilots, “Jumpsuit”
  • Gladys Knight, Donnie McClurkins, CeCe Winans, Ledisi & Mary Mary, Aretha Franklin tribute
  • Taylor Swift, “I Did Something Bad”
  • Benny Blanco, Halsey & Khalid, “Eastside”
  • Panic! At the Disco, “Bohemian Rhapsody”
  • Cardi B feat. J Balvin & Bad Bunny, “I Like It”

Other great winners included the Black Panther soundtrack, beating out The Greatest Showman, Cardi B, and Carrie Underwood.  The list of winners of nominees and winners can be seen below.

2018 American Music Awards Nominees and Winners

ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Taylor Swift *WINNER

Nominees

  • Drake
  • Imagine Dragons
  • Post Malone
  • Ed Sheeran
  • Taylor Swift
Camila Cabello *WINNER

Nominees

  • Cardi B
  • Camila Cabello
  • Khalid
  • Dua Lipa
  • XXXTENTACION

 

COLLABORATION OF THE YEAR

Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug, “Havana” *WINNER

Nominees

  • Post Malone ft. 21 Savage, “Rockstar”
  • Bruno Mars & Cardi B, “Finesse”
  • Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug, “Havana”
  • Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line, “Meant To Be”
  • Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey, “The Middle”

 

TOUR OF THE YEAR

Taylor Swift *WINNER

Nominees

  • Beyoncé & JAY–Z
  • Bruno Mars
  • Ed Sheeran
  • Taylor Swift
  • U2

 

VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug, “Havana” *WINNER

Nominees

  • Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug, “Havana”
  • Cardi B, “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)”
  • Drake, “God’s Plan”

 

FAVORITE SOCIAL ARTIST

BTS *WINNER

Nominees

  • BTS
  • Cardi B
  • Ariana Grande
  • Demi Lovato
  • Shawn Mendes

 

FAVORITE MALE ARTIST — POP/ROCK

Post Malone *WINNER

Nominees

  • Drake
  • Post Malone
  • Ed Sheeran

 

 

FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST — POP/ROCK

Taylor Swift *WINNER

Nominees

  • Camila Cabello
  • Cardi B
  • Taylor Swift

 

FAVORITE DUO OR GROUP — POP/ROCK

Migos *WINNER

Nominees

  • Imagine Dragons
  • Maroon 5
  • Migos

 

FAVORITE ALBUM — POP/ROCK

Taylor Swift, ‘reputation’ *WINNER

Nominees

  • Drake, “Scorpion”
  • Ed Sheeran, “÷ (Divide)”
  • Taylor Swift, ‘reputation’

 

FAVORITE SONG- — POP/ROCK

Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug, “Havana” *WINNER

Nominees

  • Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug, “Havana”
  • Drake, “God’s Plan”
  • Ed Sheeran, “Perfect”

 

FAVORITE MALE ARTIST — COUNTRY

Kane Brown *WINNER

Nominees

  • Kane Brown
  • Luke Bryan
  • Thomas Rhett

 

FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST — COUNTRY

Carrie Underwood *WINNER

Nominees

  • Kelsea Ballerini
  • Maren Morris
  • Carrie Underwood

 

FAVORITE DUO or GROUP — COUNTRY

Florida Georgia Line *WINNER

Nominee

  • Dan + Shay
  • Florida Georgia Line
  • LANCO

 

FAVORITE ALBUM — COUNTRY

Kane Brown, “Kane Brown” *WINNER

Nominee

  • Kane Brown, “Kane Brown” 
  • Luke Combs, “This One’s For You”
  • Thomas Rhett, “Life Changes”

 

FAVORITE SONG — COUNTRY

Kane Brown, “Heaven” *WINNER

Nominees

  • Kane Brown, “Heaven”
  • Dan + Shay, “Tequila”
  • Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line, “Meant To Be”

 

FAVORITE ARTIST — RAP/HIP-HOP

Cardi B *WINNER

Nominees

  • Cardi B
  • Drake
  • Post Malone

 

FAVORITE ALBUM — RAP/HIP-HOP

Post Malone, “beerbongs & bentleys” *WINNER

Nominees

  • Drake, “Scorpion”
  • Lil Uzi Vert, “Luv Is Rage 2”
  • Post Malone, “beerbongs & bentleys”

 

FAVORITE SONG — RAP/HIP-HOP

Cardi B “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)” *WINNER

Nominees

  • Cardi B “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)”
  • Drake “God’s Plan”
  • Post Malone ft. 21 Savage “Rockstar”

 

FAVORITE MALE ARTIST — SOUL/R&B

Khalid *WINNER

Nominees

  • Khalid
  • Bruno Mars
  • The Weeknd

FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST — SOUL/R&B

Rihanna *WINNER

Nominees

  • Ella Mai
  • Rihanna
  • SZA

 

FAVORITE ALBUM — SOUL/R&B

XXXTENTACION “17” *WINNER

Nominees

  • Khalid “American Teen”
  • SZA “CTRL”
  • XXXTENTACION “17”

FAVORITE SONG — SOUL/R&B

Bruno Mars & Cardi B “Finesse” *WINNER

Nominees

  • Khalid “Young Dumb & Broke”
  • Ella Mai “Boo’d Up”
  • Bruno Mars & Cardi B “Finesse”

 

FAVORITE ARTIST — ALTERNATIVE ROCK

Panic! At The Disco *WINNER

Nominees

  • Imagine Dragons
  • Panic! At The Disco
  • Portugal. The Man

 

FAVORITE ARTIST — ADULT CONTEMPORARY

Shawn Mendes *WINNER

Nominees

  • Shawn Mendes
  • P!NK
  • Ed Sheeran

 

FAVORITE ARTIST — LATIN

Daddy Yankee *WINNER

Nominees

  • J Balvin
  • Daddy Yankee
  • Ozuna

 

FAVORITE ARTIST — CONTEMPORARY INSPIRATIONAL

Lauren Daigle *WINNER

Nominees

  • Lauren Daigle
  • MercyMe
  • Zach Williams

 

FAVORITE ARTIST — ELECTRONIC DANCE MUSIC (EDM)

Marshmello *WINNER

Nominees

  • The Chainsmokers
  • Zedd
  • Marshmello

 

FAVORITE SOUNDTRACK

“Black Panther: The Album, Music From And Inspired By” *WINNER

Nominees

  • “Black Panther: The Album, Music From And Inspired By”
  • “The Greatest Showman”
  • “The Fate of the Furious: The Album”

 

 

 

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