Tuesday, 23 October, 2018

Taylor Swift calls on fans to vote during AMA acceptance speech

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Charles Bowen | 10 October, 2018, 21:58

After going in-depth about her own personal political beliefs for the first time, Swift then went on to condemn the Trump-backed Marsha Blackburn and reveal who she'll be voting for on November 6.

As the most nominated artist of the night, the Bronx rapper delivered an electrifying performance of her No. 1 smash "I Like It" with help from J Balvin and Bad Bunny.

Other performers included Mariah Carey, Jennifer Lopez, Shawn Mendes and twenty one pilots. Additionally, several of gospel and R&B's heaviest hitters will assemble for what's sure to be a touching Aretha Franklin tribute.

Accepting the artist of the year prize on stage, Swift said: "I just want to say to the fans, you have been so nice to me and fun and amusing and so cool and so loyal, and it's not lost on me, I understand how lucky I am".

The pop star collected four awards at the ceremony, eclipsing Whitney Houston to become the AMAs most decorated female victor of all time. As of now, the show has yet to announce whether she won a 23rd in the favourite female artist - pop/rock category.

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The new mother gave fans plenty to like with a tropical-themed rendition of her hit song "I Like It". It was days after he was named best new artist at the BET Hip-Hop Awards.

Sheeran and Malone, who performed with Ty Dolla $ign, each earned six nominations.

Carrie Underwood was in flawless form vocally, and Camila Cabello - who won new artist of the year - gave a touching and vocally impressive performance of the ballad Consequences, earning her a standing ovation.

Boy band BTS became the first Korean group to win an American Music Award, taking the trophy for favourite social artists. The song is rumored to be about Kanye West or Calvin Harris, and amounts to Swift's insistence that she's not anxious about the consequences of her actions in this particular fantasy - especially since she thinks they're warranted.

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