Taylor Swift broke the all-time record for AMA awards won
The American Music Awards were last night and Taylor Swift is officially the most awarded female artist in AMA history
Taylor Swift. Love her or hate her, there’s no denying that she knows how to work the music industry. Swift opened up the American Music Awards show with her song “I Did Something Bad” and went on to win not one, but four AMA’s - including Artist of the Year.
Swift now officially has 23 American Music Awards to her name, which makes her the most awarded female artist ever, a position previously held by the incredible Whitney Houston with 21 awards. Swift won awards for Tour of the Year, Favorite Pop/Rock Album, Artist of the Year, and Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist.
Swift’s winning streak is newsworthy enough, but what people are really buzzing about is how she openly encouraged her fans to vote. Swift has notoriously remained silent with regards to politics, but after an Instagram post made earlier this week, the singer opened up and wrote about how important it is that people vote for what they believe in. After her post, there was an incredible surge in voter registration.
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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! 🗳😃🌈
After accepting her award at the AMA’s, Swift was quick to include a plug about voting saying, “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. Get out and vote. I love you guys.”
Swift also hinted that she’d started working on a seventh album saying, “I always look at albums as chapters in my life…To the fans, I’m so happy that you like this one - but I have to be really honest with you about something: I’m even more excited about the next chapter.”
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