Taylor Swift makes history at American Music Awards

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Taylor Swift performing at the awards.

Taylor Swift accepts Artist of the Year during the 2018 American Music Awards on October 9, 2018, in Los Angeles.

While accepting her award for Artist of the Year at the show, Taylor pointed out that American Music Awards are voted for by the people...just like the upcoming midterm elections.

"This award and every single award given out tonight is voted on by the people. Get out and vote", Swift said when accepting her trophy.

She added that the awards represented "encouragement and motivation to be better and work harder". 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.

On Sunday, Swift provoked a storm by breaking her silence on politics and announcing she would vote for two Democrats in Tennessee in the USA congressional midterm elections in November.

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The gongs brought her to an impressive career total of 23 AMAs, meaning she overtook Whitney Houston for the most wins by a female artist at the fan-voted show.

"I really want to thank my daughter", said Cardi B, who gave birth to Kulture Kiari Cephus in July.

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Swift owned the night from the moment the 2018 AMAs ceremony kicked off, opening the show in spectacular fashion with a fiery, witchy performance of the Reputation track "I Did Something Bad" alongside her famous mechanical snake, Karyn.

This was not only the group's first American Music Award nomination, but it is also now their first award from this show. "As much as I have in the past and would like to continue voting for women in office, I can not support Marsha Blackburn", she continued.

Gladys Knight led a tribute to Aretha Franklin, who died of cancer in August at age 76. Taylor was nominated for her first AMA for Favorite Female Country Artist in 2007, but she didn't take home a win until 2008, when she won in that same category. She had told Billboard earlier this week that she was "so grateful" for Swift's comments.

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