Taylor Swift Got Political Again, This Time During Her AMAs Acceptance Speech

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Taylor Swift exhorted Americans to "get out and vote" in the forthcoming USA midterm elections as she broke Whitney Houston's record as the woman to have won the most American Music Awards.

Drake, Imagine Dragons, Post Malone, Sheeran and Swift were all nominated for the artist of the year award.

It's official: After taking home three awards at the 2018 AMAs, Taylor Swift has more AMAs than any other female artist - and she used the opportunity to urge people to vote during the midterm elections! "Thanks guys, I appreciate it".

"Thank you a million times for this", Swift told the crowd, accepting the award for her latest album, Reputation. The night opens with Taylor Swift making her first awards-show performance in almost three years, and tributes promise to provide memorable moments.

She added that the awards represented "encouragement and motivation to be better and work harder".

Swift was backed by more than a dozen dancers for the performance and a large snake hovered behind her onstage.

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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.

Cardi B, who has had a breakout 12 months, was also named favorite hip-hop/rap artist, but she lost the best new artist category to Cuban-born Camila Cabello. And you know what else is voted on by the people?

Gladys Knight led a tribute to Aretha Franklin, who died of cancer in August at age 76.

Rapper-singer XXXTentacion, who was fatally shot in June, was also honoured: He won favourite soul/R&B album for his 2017 debut, 17.

Thomas Rhett attends the 2018 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on October 9, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.

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