Taylor Swift sets new American Music Award record, urges people to vote

Tabitha Dunn
October 10, 2018

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.

As the most nominated artist of the night, the Bronx rapper delivered an electrifying performance of her No. 1 smash "I Like It" with help from J Balvin and Bad Bunny.

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. In the rap/hip-hop and pop/rock categories, Drake is up for favorite male artist, favorite album and favorite song with "God's Plan".

"You can go to vote.org, like Taylor Swift told you to", Eichner said.

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Swift had announced on Sunday that she was voting for Tennessee's Democratic Senate candidate Phil Bredesen, breaking her long-standing refusal to discuss anything politics.

"Please grab your friends and tell them to vote". "When I was pregnant, I was so influenced to be, like, 'Yo, I got to do this, I got to show people wrong". 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. Tracee Ellis Ross is hosting this year's event, which will include various performances and a tribute to Aretha Franklin.

Rapper-singer XXXTentacion, who was fatally shot in June, was also honoured: He won favourite soul/R&B album for his 2017 debut, 17. She is now only two awards behind Whitney Houston, who holds the record for most AMAs won by a female artist.

Other performers included Mariah Carey, Jennifer Lopez, Shawn Mendes and twenty one pilots. The American Music Awards pays tribute to today's most influential and iconic artists.

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