Behind The Scenes At The 2018 American Music Awards [Exclusive]

By Ralphie Aversa

It’s that time of the trip for me here in downtown Los Angeles; jotting down newsworthy tidbits and notes from covering last night’s American Music Awards before (hopefully) getting a late check-out, grabbing dinner and taking the red-eye back east. - Speaking of food, let’s start with Camila Cabello, who saved the final stop on her post-AMA winner's walk for us at Westwood One. She scored four AMAs and delivered a fantastic performance of her new single, “Consequences.” How was she going to celebrate?
“A big burger and some fries; like I want meat, a lot of meat,” she told us. You could hear how hard she was craving a large entrée of some sort. “Or maybe some pasta? Like veal, cheese… cheese everywhere.” Of all the things I expected on this trip, typing that quote from Camila was definitely not one of them. Here’s hoping her driver made a b-line from Microsoft Theater to an In-N-Out Burger. - Camila’s buddy Taylor Swift took home 3 AMAs including the top prize, Artist Of The Year, in addition to starting the show with a performance of “I Did Something Bad.” The all-time female AMA leader walked a much quicker route post-show, stopping in to the pop-up Getty Images portrait studio in the press room before leaving. It was a long day for Swift; she was one of the first artists to arrive on the red carpet and of course, stayed for the entire program – this all after not performing at an award show in nearly 3 years. - Carrie Underwood also won an AMA last night. As her winner walk in the photo pit winded down, a photographer asked, “Carrie – free time now?”
“What’s that?” she responded with a smile, before leaving the press area. - The Chainsmokers were in a relaxed mood yesterday while walking the red carpet; Alex and Drew’s only duties of the evening were to present with Kelsea Ballerini. They told us before the show that with this being the group’s third AMAs and by not having to worry about a performance, they were able to enjoy the festivities a little more. - Khalid told me Monday that if he won, he’d thank his mom and his fans. He was a man of his word! He also accurately described the performance of “Eastside” as “cozy.” - Also taking part in that performance was songwriter and title artist Benny Blanco. Perhaps the most interesting tidbit of the trip came from Benny: people were telling him when he co-wrote Gym Class Heroes’ “Stereo Hearts” to get Pat Monahan from Train on the hook. He went with Maroon 5’s Adam Levine. That session led to “Moves Like Jagger” and the rest, like this AMAs trip, is history.