Taylor Swift’s singing voice has been front and center for years propelling her to success as one of the world’s biggest pop stars. And that voice led to a record night at the American Music Awards for Swift, but another emerging voice that Swift has perhaps kept secret all this time was unveiled at the award show as she used the moment in the spotlight to continue her resounding message about the importance of voting in the upcoming midterm elections. Swift also put on an electrifying performance to kick off the evening.
T-Swift swept up four AMAs on Tuesday night, surpassing the late Whitney Houston’s record for AMA Awards won by a woman artist, including Artist of the Year. The 28-year-old has now amassed 23 AMAs in her career, according to ABC News.
Swift got the audience supercharged right from the outset with a scorching performance of “I Did Something Bad” from her 2017 album Reputation, which also won her the Best Pop/Rock Album AMA. At one point during the performance, Swift sang the lyric “shit,” which ABC censored from the broadcast. Swift also won AMAs for Pop/Rock Female Artist of the Year and Tour of the Year. Watch a highlight from the electrifying performance below.
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The pop star also showed fans she’s becoming more comfortable exercising her rather convincing political voice. Earlier this week, she called on people to register to vote in the upcoming elections and endorsed to Democrats running for U.S. Congress. In the 24 hours after making that post on Sunday night, a whopping 65,000 Americans between the ages of 18 and 29 registered.
Swift continued that call on Tuesday night as she accepted her award for Artist of the Year, telling the audience watching the AMAs, “I just wanted to make a mention at the fact that this award and every single award given out tonight were voted on by the people. And you know what else is voted on by the people,” Swift said, drawing an eruption of applause from the live audience, “is the midterm elections on November 6. Get out and vote. I love you guys!”
See her full Artist of the Year acceptance speech below.
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