Published: Wed, October 10, 2018

Taylor Swift encourages crowd to 'get out and vote' at AMAs

Taylor Swift encourages crowd to 'get out and vote' at AMAs

It was a record-breaking night for Taylor Swift at the American Music Awards.

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. Tay has never been vocal about politics, but she broke her silence on the topic on October 7, when she revealed why she'll be voting for Tennessee's Democratic candidates for Senate and the House of Representatives at the midterm elections on November 6. Her comments drove a spike in voter registration.

The show aired Tuesday on ABC from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. "[I want to] mention the fact that this award, and every single award given out tonight, were voted on by the people". It's the midterm elections on November 6th. "Get on and vote".

The rapper hit the stage to give a festive and colourful performance of her No. 1 hit, I Like It, where she was joined by J Balvin and Bad Bunny, who was wheeled onstage inside a shopping cart. As of now, the show has yet to announce whether she won a 23rd in the favourite female artist - pop/rock category.

She went on to win awards at the show in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015, but was left out of the nominations in 2016 and 2017.

At past awards ceremonies, Swift's speech might have come off as a neutral plea for Americans to perform their civic duty by voting.

South Korean boy band BTS arrive at the awards. The show will also pay tribute to Aretha Franklin. Other performers included Mariah Carey, Jennifer Lopez and Missy Elliott.

Some of music's top stars, including Drake, Ed Sheeran, Beyoncé, Ariana Grande, Rihanna and Kanye West, were absent on Tuesday.

Comedian-actor Billy Eichner also spoke about the midterms, encouraging the audience to "please grab your friends and tell them to vote". "Thank you guys so much, I appreciate it", she concluded while two guys stood on each side of her.

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