Taylor Swift uses her record-breaking AMAs win to continue her political message

Frederick M. Brown/Getty ImagesTaylor Swift has won more American Music Awards than any other female artist.
  • Taylor Swift became the most decorated female artist in the history of the American Music Awards with her wins on Tuesday at Los Angeles’ Microsoft Theatre.
  • While accepting the award for artist of the year, Swift once again urged fans to vote during the upcoming midterm elections.
  • “I just wanted to make a mention of the fact that this award and every single award given out tonight were voted on by the people,” the singer said. “And you know what else is voted on by the people? It’s the midterm elections on November 6. Get on and vote.”

Taylor Swift made history at the 2018 American Music Awards on Tuesday, and she took a moment to encourage fans to exercise their right to vote.

The singer racked up wins for favourite pop/rock album for “reputation,” tour of the year, artist of the year, and favourite female pop/rock artist. Her awards also led her to become the most decorated female artist at the AMAs, with 23 trophies. Whitney Houston previously held the record with 21.

Upon receiving the biggest honour of the night and thanking fans for their support, Swift – who recently broke her silence and endorsed Democrats from Tennessee – urged viewers to get involved in politics.

“I just wanted to make a mention of the fact that this award and every single award given out tonight were voted on by the people,” the 28-year-old said at Los Angeles’ Microsoft Theatre. “And you know what else is voted on by the people? It’s the midterm elections on November 6. Get on and vote. I love you guys.”

Recently, Swift took to Instagram with a lengthy message about her political views. In her photo caption, she admitted that she has been “reluctant to publicly voice my political opinions, but due to several events in my life and in the world in the past two years, I feel very differently about that now.”

The singer added: “I always have and always will cast my vote based on which candidate will protect and fight for the human rights I believe we all deserve in this country.”

Swift went on to say that she will be voting for Phil Bredesen for Senate and Jim Cooper for House of Representatives, and encouraged followers to register to vote.
“Please, please educate yourself on the candidates running in your state and vote based on who most closely represents your values,” the “Bad Blood” singer added. “For a lot of us, we may never find a candidate or party with whom we agree 100% on every issue, but we have to vote anyway.”

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