Taylor Swift calls on fans to vote during AMA acceptance speech

Joann Johnston
October 12, 2018

Receiving the award for artist of the year, Swift said: "Thank you so much for this".

The pop star collected four awards at the ceremony, eclipsing Whitney Houston to become the AMAs most decorated female victor of all time.

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

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. And you know what else is voted on by the people is the midterm elections on November 6. "Go to vote.gov like Taylor Swift told you to". Swift had previously been criticised in some quarters for not engaging in major political moments in the U.S. like the Black Lives Matter movement and the 2016 presidential election.

Cardi B, who won for Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Artist, delivered her first post-baby TV performance with her hit "I Like It", featuring J Balvin and Bad Bunny.

Meanwhile, Post Malone was named Favorite Male Pop/Rock Artist, and K-Pop sensations BTS continued their unbelievable 2018 by landing the Favorite Social Artist honor.

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Post Malone poses with his trophies.

Migos were acknowledged as the favourite duo in the Pop/Rock category, while Mendes won the Adult Contemporary Artist. The American Music Awards pays tribute to today's most influential and iconic artists.

Gladys Knight performs while an image of the late Aretha Franklin is projected on a screen during the 2018 American Music Awards on October 9, 2018, in Los Angeles. Some of top stars, including Drake, Ed Sheeran, Beyonce, Ariana Grande, Rihanna and Kanye West, were absent on Tuesday.

Apart from Swift, the show was largely politics free.

The speech was welcomed by loud applause while host for the evening, American comedian Tracee Ellis Ross, wore a T-shirt bearing the slogan "I am a voter".

During the low-rated show, Taylor Swift - who recently broke her longtime political silence by slamming Republican Senate candidate Marsha Blackburn - urged fans to vote in the upcoming midterm elections.

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