Music was the surprising star of the American Music Awards

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 09:  Gladys Knight performs onstage while an image of the late Aretha Franklin is projected on a screen during the 2018 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on October 9, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

(CNN)The 2018 American Music Awards were, surprisingly, mostly about the music.

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