Taylor Swift sets new American Music Award record, urges people to vote

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

The rare political moment for Swift came after two days after the singer broke her silence on her personal politics on Sunday night with a lengthy Instagram post endorsing a pair of Democratic candidates in Tennessee, where she's registered to vote.

"This award and every single award given out tonight are voted on by the people, and you know what else is voted on by the people?" Get out and vote.

Tracee Ellis Ross, who played host for the second time, wore a Gucci cape for her opening performance, which included choreography to some of the year's biggest hits, including "Bodak Yellow", Childish Gambino's "This Is America", Beyoncé and Jay-Z's "APESHIT", Aretha Franklin's "Respect", Bruno Mars' "Uptown Funk", and Beyoncé's "Run the World". On tour, she performs the song with a drawn-out introduction, and Swift opted for that same arrangement on the AMA stage, even pausing for dramatic effect after the venomous lyric "if a man talks shit then I owe him nothing".

While the Grammy victor has generally stayed out of politics, she broke her silence Sunday to endorse Tennessee Democrats Phil Bredesen and Rep. Jim Cooper running in their Senate and House races respectively.

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"Every award was voted on by the people", Swift said of the AMAs. She also condemned Republican senatorial candidate Marsha Blackburn for her voting record on women's rights and equal marriage.

Kane Brown swept the country categories with three wins, including male artist, album and song.

X's posthumous album "17" was released on August 25, 2017. Gladys Knight, Ledisi, Mary Mary, Donnie McClurkin and CeCe Winans were among the musicians who paid tribute to the Queen of Soul's gospel roots and her iconic album, Amazing Grace.

The American Music Awards isn't the only award X has received recently either.

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