The American Music Awards 2018

Taylor Swift wins Favorite Pop  Rock Album at the 2018 American Music Awards in Los Angeles California. Mario Anzuoni Reuters

Taylor Swift, straight off her first, controversial public dive into USA politics, opened the American Music Awards show on Tuesday aiming to break her own record for most wins. The singer made her first awards show performance at the AMAs in three years with "I Did Something Bad".

However, the song's lyrics did have some added frisson, taken in the context of Swift's post on Sunday, excoriating Tennessee Senator Marsha Blackburn and promising to support her adopted home state's Democratic candidates in the forthcoming midterm elections.

The main ceremony, hosted by black-ish star Tracee Ellis Ross, begins at 8 pm on ABC. Other performers include Jennifer Lopez, Mariah Carey, Cardi B, Camila Cabello, Shawn Mendes and Post Malone.

Below, check out photos from the 2018 American Music Awards red carpet.

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The musician, who hasn't attended the AMAs since 2014, is up for four of tonight's top awards: Artist of the Year, Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist, Favorite Pop/Rock Album and Favorite Tour.

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