The 46th American Music Awards on Tuesday saw the opening of the ceremony with a fiery performance from popular singer Taylor Swift of her song “I did something bad.” Swift not only won the hearts of her fans, but also the biggest award of the night – artist of the year.
Swift had her name nominated for four of the top awards at the show, including: artist of the year, favorite pop/rock female artist, favorite pop/rock album (for Reputation) and favorite tour (for her smash Reputation Stadium Tour).
Her acceptance speech was an encouragement speech for the people of America to vote in the upcoming midterm elections.
“I just wanna say to the fans … you have been so nice to me and fun, and you’re so funny and you’re so cool and so loyal,” said the superstar. “Every time that you have made me lucky enough to ever get to stand on a stage and have something really sparkly in my hands … it means something different.”
“This time, I just want you to know it means encouragement … for me to be better, work harder and to make you guys proud as much as I possibly can,” she continued. “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 is the midterm elections on Nov. 6. Get out and vote. I love you guys!”
On Sunday, Swift declared on Instagram that she would be voting for Democratic candidates in her home state of Tennessee in the elections by endorsing two Democratic candidates in her post.
In her lengthy post on Instagram, she wrote,“I’m writing this post about the upcoming midterm elections on November 6th, in which I’ll be voting in the state of Tennessee. In the past I’ve been reluctant to publicly voice my political opinions, but due to several events in my life and in the world in the past two years, I feel very differently about that now…”
In the end of the post, Taylor Swift gave a call to action for her fans, “So many intelligent, thoughtful, self-possessed people have turned 18 in the past two years and now have the right and privilege to make their vote count. But first you need to register, which is quick and easy to do. October 9th is the LAST DAY to register to vote in the state of TN. Go to vote.org and you can find all the info. Happy Voting!” The post has been liked almost 2 million times.
Reportedly, Taylor Swift inspired voters to register online and the registrations went up to 65,000 in 24 hours after her post.
On Tuesday, President Donald Trump showed disappointment by saying he now liked Swift’s music 25% less than before as she was showing support to the Democrats.