ABC's telecast of the 2018 American Music Awards hit a new all-time low in the Nielsen television ratings on Tuesday night. The awards show was broadcast live from the Microsoft Theater in L.A.

Tracee Ellis Ross (wearing black bodysuit) hosted the awards show for the 2nd consecutive year.

According to Variety.com, the three hour awards show drew just 6.5 million viewers in the all important 18-49 demo. The ratings slipped approximately 29% in total viewers compared to the 2017 broadcast, which drew a 2.4 rating and 9.2 million viewers.

The show featured musical performances by Mariah Carey, Ciara, Missy Elliot, Taylor Swift, Jennifer Lopez, Camilla Cabello, Shawn Mendes, Post Malone, Ella Mai, Carrie Underwood, Cardi B, and more.

Legendary Soul singer Gladys Knight performed a stirring tribute to the late Aretha Franklin.

Did you watch last night's awards show? Which performance was your favorite?

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  • T Willis

    I didn’t even know it aired. Maybe I can catch the highlights online ?????

  • FukkFolks2018

    Which performance was your favorite?
    ^^^^^^^^^
    Mama Gladys/CeCe Winans, Panic at the Disco, Cardi, Ciara.

  • Rachel

    No clue they were on until you posted pics. These awards have no merit these days because they are being bought for talentless individuals. I did love the Missy and Ciara pics.

  • ?? Kari ?????????

    Ncis had 12.6 million viewers. Obviously no one really cares about the “award” crap

  • LYRICS

    There`s something about Panic at the Disco that I just adore!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Quitedeliteful

    It was a tossup between NCIS and the awards show. NCIS won...

  • Judge Mental Will

    Well all the award shows of the last few years ratings are slipping. I record them and fast ford through parts i wanna see, so i actually watch less than 20 minutes of the show. They're to long and full of people I don't wanna see.

  • Dre Clemons

    Of course. Other than Girlfriends Tracee Ellis Ross isnt funny. Besides people have better things to do than watch a bunch of spoiled overrated celebs get awards they dont actually deserve. Award shows are tired. I'd rather watch that lady eat her food and smack her lips for 5 hours.

  • Yui

    Here’s what my mom said when she was flipping through channels, “What even is an America Music Award?” In other words, who cares? lol

  • VernadineTheQueen?

    EXACTLY!!????

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Didn't watch ... saw what I needed to see on youtube ... not watching award shows anymore .... Fugg em .... https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/6f810f9dcac935e19c5cd01c08f3297b7f95d43412be1355598b96703fee26e5.gif .

  • VernadineTheQueen?

    Nobody cares anymore, the ppl with the REAL TALENT DONT WIN AWARDS ANYMORE. ITS ALL ABOUT POPULARITY! IM FOR AUTHENICITY AND TALENT, DONT WANT TO WATCH PEOPLE WHO HAVE ZERO TALENT BUT GIVEN A MICROPHONE PARADE AROUND THE STAGE! ?????

  • hottlanta

    TV ALERT Pam Grier gonna b on wendy tomorrow at 10am. Cant wait ..I read her book n l still cant see her n richard pryor hooking up.

  • ohdearme

    Nah stopping watching these type of shows years ago.

  • Quitedeliteful

    I can't see that either...

  • hottlanta

    Who is that.

  • dontgetblocked

    It's a shame. The AMAs used to be a big deal. No one cares anymore because the artists are crap.Traci Ellis Ross is not funny and too political. In fact, all of the artists are too political. I've pretty much stopped watching all of the awards shows. They may as well be political rallies.

  • dontgetblocked

    Why not? Foxy Brown was flashing those double Ds in all her movies. They seem like a perfect match. I love me some Pam Grier.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    shyt just ain't the same ...... when MJ and the greats was living couldn't wait to see these award shows .... now I be like ..... Awards ..... let me find something on Netflix .... it will what ever performer peeks my interest ... I will see it there ....

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    youtube!

  • ohdearme

    Yeah and no offense but when CardiB is winning I'm definitely OUT! I watched old Law & Order episodes lol.

  • Coy little wink

    He had dough and fame...who else was gonna pull her?

  • hi-liter

    I like Tracee Ellis, but her hosting was real corny at times....too many corny jokes.....I did like her opening dance routine thou.

  • hi-liter

    I bet you cant see him hooking up with other men either...…

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Shewt not sure what I was doing ..... but it wasn't watching this ....

  • ohdearme

    Ditto!

  • TRUTHbeabsolute

    Youtube and other social media platforms make award shows a thing of the past. I can just go straight to the performance I want to see and skip the rest of the junk.

  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    I want Cardi shoes

  • Alextra Ballard

    I hope that was her last time hosting...she was tryin a lil to hard

  • MSGREENMINUSTHEENVY

    LOL!

  • Alextra Ballard

    She really irritated me...I started usin my mute button

  • Alextra Ballard

    I was disappointed in the tribute to Aretha Franklin...The Gospel singing was ok....but the "Tribute"fell flat...I wasn't feelin it

  • Dontgetdraggedhoe??

    There were no real celebs out there. Specialed b doesnt count. I was actually hoping taylor swift would perform which is how you KNOW this ish was lame. Somebody call ciara and tell her to stick to milking her lukewarm from babymama to black love goals story because fetch is never gonna happen

  • Ni Ni

    Aside from the vets listed, most of the "stars" seem to be from reality shows or instagram. "Hip hop seems over saturated.

    I mean, how many rappers do we have with "lil" or "young" in their name? Line them up and i bet their fans couldn't tell em apart. And chile, i did not not know there were sooo many white rappers who equally look and sound like trash, imo ?.

  • Alextra Ballard

    Don't even mention Cardi and her colorful PomPoms!

  • Renee26

    I never watch award shows

  • Renee26

    Dogs cats lizards...anything with a hole ?

  • Alextra Ballard

    The only time I usta watch them is when Bey was scheduled to perform. I was actually looking forward to the tribute to ReRe. Sooo
    Dissatisfied.

  • MsPam

    She’s corny, not funny,funny looking and is average talented. I would hate for people only liking me because I have a famous mother.

  • Lady_Elle

    I thought it was WEAK!
    Aretha was more than just a Gospel singer.

  • MsPam

    Thank you Pam Grier was better than bread back in the day. As a kid I knew she was sexy before I knew what sexy was. No I don’t play on that team!

  • Lady_Elle

    Mariah, Panic at the Disco, Ciara

  • MsPam

    Sitting here smacking my big lips while reading your comment.?????

  • FukkFolks2018

    When I heard tribute to Queen, I was like ok. Another One Bites The Dust...We Are The Champions. Ok. But Bohemian Rhapsody? Do you know how hard that song is to do it justice? I was like they better not mess that song UP. Im a huge Queen fan too. They turned that song on its EAR! Such a FAN of them! Lord. They DID THAT last night !

  • Li-Wright

    They sang the songs from Aretha's highest selling album, amazing grace. The best gospel album ever. They basically did what BET did.

  • http://www.4flavorsofmecreolemami.com/?m=1 ?4FlavorsOfMe ?????CreoleMami?

    I have been tv free for a year... aside from Power but I guess I will see clips on YouTube or something from these awards...

  • Tiffany Miller

    Award shows aren't the same anymore... lack of raw talent. Just a bunch of great RECORDING ARTISTS not great PERFORMERS. A hit on the radio but a miss on the stage.

  • Allergic2dumbstuff

    I wasted 3 hrs of my life on that H.A.M. the best part was the beginning... Tracy's performance. Know wonder I usually DVR award shows.

  • Lady_Elle

    That may be true... it was WEAK imo.
    I was a disappointed in the tribute.

  • Elevated Soul

    I stopped watching awards shows because for me there is not a lot of talent and I also don't want to listen to liberal propaganda. They make these shows about bad talent a liberal politics and that is too tired.

  • Dowoop

    Its the same story after every award show...Ratings at an all time low...Blah blah blah

  • HalleMerry

    Easier to just read the highlights on the blogs,ALL of the awards shows have become boring to me,and not so much about actual talent-just who ever is 'in' at the moment.

  • Allergic2dumbstuff

    Taylor S actually did perform at the very beginning of the show.

  • HalleMerry

    Neither did I until I came on this blog,lol!

  • hottlanta

    ? as well. City sewer covers the whole 9 yards. I bet his azz went 2 the candy taffy shop n said the taffy aint long enuf n told them 2 keep pulling.

  • hottlanta

    I was looking at tv1 new fatal attraction

  • hottlanta

    Best performance at an award show was new édition on the soul train awards show .Off the chain. 2nd favorite jennifer hudson sanging purple rain . gave me chills.

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    30 years ago, if someone had told me there would come a day when I would lose interest in music award shows, I would have called them a liar. Not only did I miss the show, I completely forgot about it. On the other hand, I stayed home to watch Steve Perry's (Journey) interview on GMA!

  • Dontgetdraggedhoe??

    I missed it!! Ima go youtube it

  • http://Bossip.com/ ohplease

    I stopped watching when I found out celebs could buy their own awards. Obviously true cause look at the so called talent that wins. I feel bad for the true artist that are passionate and study for years for their craft only to see someone nitwits instead get ahead with their so called music destroying a genre like R&B or Hiphop.

  • TMW

    And watch the performances you want to see on YouTube.

  • bella28498 .

    Ppl had better chit to do like catch up on sleep

  • LYRICS

    Right!! I have never heard anyone cover Bohemian Rhapsody!!

  • Renee Bee

    J-Lo look like a pank bat.

  • Dahl

    I had no idea it was even on...

  • Alextra Ballard

    She sux lassnite too

  • Malcom Flex

    Knew it. No Bey no legendary stars equals no views. I don't watch basic mess.

  • MRiGOThim

    Who opened the AMAs last year??? Anyway, no Nicki, Drake, Beyonce, Rihanna, Jay Z, Adele or Kendrick it was destined to flop :P

  • Black4life

    These people are not entertainers. The white media think that black people will accept anything as entertainment. I wouldn't look out my window for this entertainment. Hell...I saw a clip of Tracy Ellis Ross and her eye movements took me there.

  • Antigone Heart

    BTS was at the AMAs last year but could not attend this year due to their tour date being the same time as the AMAs.

    BTS never disappoints with their music or performances which the show could have definitely benefited from. ??

    https://youtu.be/CmjqpP6V77w

  • Rhyme and Reason

    It was the LATINA/LATINO AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS!

    Cardi B slayed by pulling off the Chiquita Banana Lady outfit. She was in full Telemundo, Novelas, Hip Hop, Sofia Vergara, and Carmen Miranda Music Mode!

    Her stylists and glam team went retro and ethnic chic, and it paid off!

    A Star Was Born...

    Ciara was great, didn't like the hair, at all, in this show that lacked Black Female Singers and Rappers!

    Tracy is corny, but I almost never enjoy anyone hosting an award show or the presenters. MoNique was one I always enjoyed!

    The Aretha Franklin Tribute was really beautiful, no comment on Ms. Knight's hair selection, loved Ledisi's hair and voice, hearing people who can really sing, not packaging or branding was awesomely refreshing!

  • Malcom Flex

    >>It was the LATINA/LATINO AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS!<<

    Hence the low ratings. No shade but the truth is the light.

  • Rhyme and Reason

    No shade, but I only had it on to see the Aretha Franklin Tribute, switch back and forth watching The Voice!

    It was obvious, the message or the story they were telling, and excluding Blacks contributed to low ratings, there wasn't much to see!

  • rayne215

    they pushed taylor swift way to hard. she wasnt even popping like that this year.

  • Coffee1st

    Sounds like the AMA's was a super short version of the world without black people.
    We truly are the salt of the earth, lol.

  • Coffee1st

    I let the program box alone too....i even let Power go.

  • Shamwow

    Too much color! Pinks blues just colorful as all heck.

  • Renee Bee

    Not surprised. ??

  • Oretta Grace Smith

    Music and entertainment are Not there anymore!!!

  • Oretta Grace Smith

    Numbers don't lie in Jay-Z's voice!!!

  • Oretta Grace Smith

    Can't Substitute for Black Entertainment!!!

  • Fodderwing

    Why does Cardi B have the same Pom poms on her dress I rocked on my socks back in ‘85???

  • Fodderwing

    Omg so true and the same for the Hollywood stars! They pay racks for that connivery!

  • KcoolMuziq

    The music Award shows have NO superstars ANYMORE. Because of that the ratings will continue dip.

  • Fodderwing

    True...seems like she owes something to someone so she had to show and prove...she’s still owned...still a puppet for the powers that be...

    U couldn’t PAY me to be famous...

    Have fun trying to get out, Taylor.

  • Maralena

    I thought so too, disappointed !!!

  • Eileen

    pitiful...

  • Maralena

    The AMAs used to be the one to watch. I didn’t care for the music or the artist.

  • Marlika

    J Lo is starting to look tired just like her music.??????????

  • http://www.4flavorsofmecreolemami.com/?m=1 ?4FlavorsOfMe ?????CreoleMami?

    Its soo negative especially those reality shows it was draining my energy I had to stop watching it

  • dontgetblocked

    I hate all the political talk from a bunch of rich snobs who don't vote.

  • Malcom Flex

    They're learning the hard way if we don't show up or back your azz...we may be mocked dissed scorned, etc but we are start and end trends, styles, etc.

  • Malcom Flex

    Dassit.

  • Jersey Girl

    we good luv.. enjoy!

  • Rayne

    A whole heap of mess lmao

  • Tiff J

    Mariah performed. :shrug: She's a legend. But she doesn't have a BIG current hit right now that would've drawn viewers to watch.

  • Jethro

    Tracee! OWW!!!

  • Readytochokemothernatureout

    Dick Clark would be so embarrassed.

  • Trace da Ace

    damn real talk I did not even know it was on......lol

  • Renee26

    ???

  • Reenaface

    Steve Perry, what a voice, what a talent! I just saw Phil Collins in concert Tuesday night o his " I"m not dead yet"tour and Phil still has it even while walking on stage with a cane and sitting in a chair for the duration if the show. He has some sistas and brothas backing his vocals. He put on an excellent show.

  • Antigone Heart

    Well identifying great music, impactful performances, unfeigned messages, and augmenting the mind to the heterogeneity of others should always be welcomed endeavors but the 2018 AMAs platform perhaps was "good" for their targeted demographic.

  • Reenaface

    Except that for some reason the clip of Ella Mai's performance wasn't on YouTube for some reason. I had to go to abc go to watch it.

  • Reenaface

    And no offense, but I don't know why MiMi even showed up to perform because there was barely any mention of her. I don't know if she's scared to retire or what, she has her money.

  • ?DramaFreeZone?

    Hellyweird need to stay out of politricks!

  • SpiceGirl

    There was this white guy sitting front row when Cardi was performing...the look on his face had me ROLLING....He had that OH EMM GEE look with the mouth wide open! When I ran across the show..i watched long enough to see Cici Do the damn thang!

  • Reina1718

    I had no plans on watching...awards are not like b4 when we had real talent

  • Sassie

    I saw the white guy but was confused as to why he was so DAZED by Cardi's performance. She didn't do anything crazy or mind blowing...I was confused by that look on his face. I think he did it for the cameras.

  • Sassie

    Yep....those were the same pom poms, LOL - I remember those, too!!!

  • SpiceGirl

    I think he seen some cheeks and was like....hell yeah.....lmbo

  • Reina1718

    Or tryin 2 jump back on the scene

  • Sassie

    What the FUCK was that on Glady's head tho?

  • Sassie

    Damn....there really weren't any HUGE stars there...good point....but entertainers never really come unless they are being nominated for something....

  • Reina1718

    Word especially after Kim K dissed her lol

  • JazzyBossyJen

    Third did an horrible job! Lol

  • Rhyme and Reason

    I know, I wondered too, and if she had used grease on it!

    But, Auntie Gladys can do no wrong, her vocals were sublime, tho!

  • Applebootay

    I didn't watch it, didn't know it was on...didn't care....nevertheless

  • Music

    Most skip the award shows, and watch the performances they want to see on YouTube. Ciara killed it btw.

  • TRUTHbeabsolute

    You know what when I watched her performance I immediately thought it’s about time black women are being represented again....we ain’t all walking around half naked and crazy.

  • Reenaface

    Exactly. I enjoyed her performance because it's amazing how such a cute positive song caught on like wildfire with the masses. I peeped how the white people and The Migos were rocking out to her in the audience. They probably get tired of watching black women parade around half naked too.

  • TRUTHbeabsolute

    Lol....yes!

  • Malcom Flex

    YUP old azz Jello is stale AF.

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    When I was a child, I wanted to be a singer. I studied Luther Vandross, Patti Austin, Teena Marie, Patti Labelle, Jeffrey Osbourne, and Steve Perry... to name a few. I could imitate almost anyone. My cousin had a band. He would write songs and ask me to sing on the demos. He would say, "on this song I want you to sing like Prince." And the next song, he would ask me to sing like Steve Perry. Steve's voice was pure strength and passion! I'm so excited that he's back on the scene.

    I can't tell you how grateful I am that I was young during a time when music was at its peak! Phil Collins is one of my musical heroes. "Do You Remember," makes me cry, every time! If he ever comes to my city, I'll be sure to check him out!

  • Reenaface

    I hate to fight back tears watching Phil Collins perform. He and Rod Stewart were the Kings of soft rock back in the eighties growing up. I miss our soft rock station, sometimes they still play soft rock music but they also pander to today's music too.

    Open arms by Steve Perry, he sang it with such emotion that when Mariah Carey covered the song for her Fantasy album I didn't think she did it that much justice. She had to change the tone of the song to suit her vocals.

    MJ would occasionally bring me to tears with his singing too.

    Please do check out Phil's concert when you can, he even had his seventeen year old son playing drums on his tour.

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    If you have access to iheartradio, check out Sunny Radio out of Detroit. It's the only radio station I listen to!

  • Bonny

    No I don't watch TV and I about 2 of these people.

  • Fodderwing

    Right!

  • Bonny

    My son was watching the show he said mama do you like Taylor Swift... I said I'm 41 the fuck I look like...he lol

  • Fodderwing

    ?

  • Fodderwing

    ??

  • Coffy

    I no longer watch any award shows, none of them. I am tired of looking at these no talent people being rewarded for not having any talent.

  • Reenaface

    I have the app and will check out that station.

  • MRiGOThim

    Ion blame em lmao :P

  • Fodderwing

    Agreed, so agreed. I grew up on late 80’s/90’s rap...and there were the kings...Big L, Poor Righteous Teachers, Big Daddy Kane (aint no half stepping was the jammmm), AZ, like I could go on and on...and there was the crap...Master P, 504 Boyz, Hot Boyz...and I’ll tell u the game is so WACK now it makes all the lamest rappers from my day sound lit! SMDH. Mumble rapping bogus hook having wastes for space. Sorry. Fed up.

  • missmiami305

    I love Traci. But, I am over the award shows. They were the ish back in the day tho.