Taylor Swift encouraged fans to vote in the upcoming midterm elections as she took home the artist of the year award at the American Music Awards on Tuesday in Los Angeles. 

“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, the midterm elections on November 6,” Swift said. 

On Sunday, the singer-songwriter broke her silence on discussing anything political and announced that she would be voting for Tennessee’s Democratic Senate candidate Phil Bredesen. 

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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. I always have and always will cast my vote based on which candidate will protect and fight for the human rights I believe we all deserve in this country. I believe in the fight for LGBTQ rights, and that any form of discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender is WRONG. I believe that the systemic racism we still see in this country towards people of color is terrifying, sickening and prevalent. I cannot vote for someone who will not be willing to fight for dignity for ALL Americans, no matter their skin color, gender or who they love. Running for Senate in the state of Tennessee is a woman named Marsha Blackburn. As much as I have in the past and would like to continue voting for women in office, I cannot support Marsha Blackburn. Her voting record in Congress appalls and terrifies me. She voted against equal pay for women. She voted against the Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, which attempts to protect women from domestic violence, stalking, and date rape. She believes businesses have a right to refuse service to gay couples. She also believes they should not have the right to marry. These are not MY Tennessee values. I will be voting for Phil Bredesen for Senate and Jim Cooper for House of Representatives. Please, please educate yourself on the candidates running in your state and vote based on who most closely represents your values. For a lot of us, we may never find a candidate or party with whom we agree 100% on every issue, but we have to vote anyway. 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! 🗳😃🌈

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Voting was a huge topic during the AMAs, as the host and Golden Globe-winning actress Tracee Ellis Ross wore a shirt that said, “I am a voter.” The comedian-actor Billy Eichner also told the audience, “the biggest election of our lifetime is happening.” 

Eichner then continued, “Please grab your friends and tell them to vote. Now is the time. If you believe in equality for women, for people of color, for the LGBTQ community. If you believe that climate change is real and that we need to do something about it.”

Swift kicked off the AMAs with a performance of last years song, “I Did Something Bad” and Cardi B picked up the first award of the night for favorite hip-hop/rap artist which she dedicated to her 4-month old daughter Kulture Kiari Cephus.

“I really want to thank my daughter,” Cardi B said, “I gotta prove people wrong. They said I wasn’t going to make it after I had a baby.”

The rapper also performed her No. 1 song, “I Like It,” where she was joined by J Balvin and Bad Bunny. Cardi B’s husband, Offset of rap group Migos, was seen dancing along in the audience with his group member Quavo as Cardi B gave her vibrant performance.

During the night, Migos also beat out Maroon 5 and Imagine Dragons by receiving the favorite pop/rock duo or group award, and Cardi B was seen happily screaming from the crowd. 

“We did not know we was winning this at all,” said group member Quavo, he also gave a shout-out to group member Takeoff, who didn’t attend the AMAs. Offset then gave a shout out to Cardi B, ”I want to thank you sexy lady,” he said. 

Rising newcomer Ella Mai also gave a performance to her hit-song “Boo’d Up” and won over the crowd, Khalid, Quavo and Offset were seen dancing while others sang along and recorded the performance on their phones.

R&B singer Ciara was also noted for her performance in which she showed off her dance moves and was joined by Missy Elliot. Other artists who performed at the award show, includes Carrie Underwood, who won favorite country female artist, Camila Cabello, who won new artist of the year award, Post Malone, who won favorite pop/rock male artist, Khalid, who took home favorite soul/R&B male artist, and Kane Brown, who picked up favorite country male artist. 

Other performers included Mariah Carey, Jennifer Lopez, Shawn Mendes, and Twenty One Pilots.

The AMAs ended with a tribute to Aretha Franklin, who died in August. Gladys Knight, Ledisi, Mary Mary, Donnie McClurkin, and CeCe Winans all participated in the tribute to the Queen of Soul and her iconic album, “Amazing Grace.”

Rapper-singer XXXTentacion, who was fatally shot in June, was also honored during the award show. He won favorite soul/R&B album for his 2017 debut, “17.” His mother, Cleopatra Bernard accepted the award on his behalf, “I’m so nervous,” she said. 

Read below to see the full list of winners at the 2018 American Music Awards.

Artist of the Year:
Imagine Dragons
Post Malone
Ed Sheeran
Taylor Swift *WINNER*

Favorite Female Artist Pop/Rock:
Camila Cabello
Cardi B
Taylor Swift *WINNER*

Favorite Male Artist Pop/Rock:
Post Malone *WINNER*
Ed Sheeran

Favorite Duo/Group Pop/Rock:
Imagine Dragons
Maroon 5
Migos *WINNER*

Favorite Song Pop/Rock:
Camila Cabello, “Havana” *WINNER*
Drake, “God’s Plan”
Ed Sheeran, “Perfect”

Favorite Album Pop/Rock:
Drake, Scorpion
Ed Sheeran, ÷ (Divide)
Taylor Swift, reputation *WINNER*

Favorite Female Artist Country:
Kelsea Ballerini
Maren Morris
Carrie Underwood *WINNER*

Favorite Male Artist Country:
Kane Brown *WINNER*
Luke Bryan
Thomas Rhett

Favorite Duo/Group Country:
Dan + Shay
Florida Georgia Line *WINNER*

Favorite Song Country:
Kane Brown, “Heaven” *WINNER*
Dan + Shay, “Tequila”
Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line, “Meant to Be”

Favorite Album Country:
Kane Brown, Kane Brown *WINNER*
Luke Combs, This One’s for You
Thomas Rhett, Life Changes

Favorite Artist Rap/Hip-Hop:
Cardi B *WINNER*
Post Malone

Favorite Male Artist Soul/R&B:
Khalid *WINNER*
Bruno Mars
The Weeknd

Favorite Album Rap/Hip-Hop:
Drake, Scorpion
Lil Uzi Vert, Luv Is Rage 2
Post Malone, beerbongs & bentleys *WINNER*

Favorite Song Rap/Hip-Hop:
Cardi B, “Bodak Yellow” *WINNER*
Drake, “God’s Plan”
Post Malone, “Rockstar”

Favorite Album Soul/R&B:
Khalid, American Teen
XXXTentacion, 17 *WINNER*

Favorite Artist Adult Contemporary:
Shawn Mendes *WINNER*
Ed Sheeran

Favorite Female Artist Soul R&B:
Ella Mai
Rihanna *WINNER*

Favorite Song Soul/R&B:
Khalid, “Young Dumb & Broke”
Ella Mai, “Boo’d Up”
Cardi B & Bruno Mars, “Finesse” *WINNER*

Favorite Soundtrack:
Black Panther *WINNER*
The Greatest Showman
The Fate of the Furious

Favorite Artist EDM:
The Chainsmokers
Marshmello *WINNER*

Favorite Social Artist:
Cardi B
Ariana Grande
Demi Lovato
Shawn Mendes

Favorite Music Video:
Camila Cabello, “Havana” *WINNER*
Cardi B, “Bodak Yellow”
Drake, “God’s Plan”

Collaboration of the Year:
Camila Cabello featuring Young Thug, “Havana” *WINNER*
Post Malone featuring 21 Savage, “Rockstar”
Bruno Mars & Cardi B, “Finesse”
Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line, “Meant to Be”
Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey, “The Middle”

New Artist of the Year:
Camila Cabello *WINNER*
Cardi B
Dua Lipa

Favorite Artist Contemporary Inspirational:
Lauren Daigle *WINNER*
Zach Williams

Favorite Artist Latin:
J Balvin
Daddy Yankee *WINNER*

Favorite Artist Alternative Rock:
Imagine Dragons
Panic! At The Disco *WINNER*
Portugal. The Man

Tour of the Year:
Taylor Swift *WINNER*
Beyonce & JAY-Z
Bruno Mars
Ed Sheeran

Watch the video below to learn more about Taylor Swift breaking her silence on political subjects.

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