"This award -- and every single award given out tonight -- [was] voted on by the people," Swift says as she accepts her third AMA. "And you know what else is voted on by the people is the midterm election on Nov. 6."
Taylor Swift just made history.
On Tuesday night, the "Reputation" singer took home four American Music Awards, breaking Whitney Houston's record for most AMAs won by a female artist. Houston earned 21 trophies during her lifetime. As of Tuesday, Swift has 23 -- including Artist of the Year, Tour of the Year, Favorite Pop/Rock Album and Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist.
At the very end of her acceptance speech for Artist of the Year -- during which she thanked her "loyal" fans and said the award symbolized her desire to "work harder and be better" for them -- Swift took a moment to urge everyone to vote in the midterm elections, taking place Nov. 6.
"I just wanted to make a mention of the fact that this award -- and every single award given out tonight -- [was] voted on by the people," she said. "And you know what else is voted on by the people is the midterm election on Nov. 6. Get out and vote. I love you guys."
This past weekend, after years of silence, Swift finally spoke up about her political views by endorsing a Senatorial candidate in her home state of Tennessee.
But to the surprise of many, she did not endorse Republican candidate Marsha Blackburn. Per a scathing Instagram post that went up late Sunday night, Swift savaged Blackburn's Congressional voting record, writing, "She voted against equal pay for women. She voted against the re-authorization 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."
Swift said that Blackburn's record "appalls and terrifies" her. "These are not MY Tennessee values," she wrote, throwing her endorsement behind Blackburn's opponent, Democrat Phil Bredesen.
In the post, Swift explained why she chose to speak up now after all these years. "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."
And while she is voting Democrat in her home state of Tennessee next month, she explained that for her it's about which candidate agrees with her personal values and will fight for human rights.
Swift urged her fans to educate themselves about the candidates in their own states, rather than relying on party affiliations.
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