Taylor Swift kicks off 2018 American Music Awards with performance

Deanna Kelley
October 10, 2018

Swift - who revealed her political views for the first time in an Instagram post to fans earlier this week - was also called out by Billy Eichner earlier in the show, as he encouraged viewers to vote "like Taylor Swift told you to".

She also picked up three other awards, for best female pop artist, best tour, and best pop album for "reputation", the biggest seller of 2017. Tay has never been vocal about politics, but she broke her silence on the topic on October 7, when she revealed why she'll be voting for Tennessee's Democratic candidates for Senate and the House of Representatives at the midterm elections on November 6. Her comments drove a spike in voter registration.

Referring to the fact the awards were "voted for by the people", Swift said: "You know what else is voted on by the people?", before telling fans to "get out and vote" at the midterm elections. If you believe in equality for women, for people of colour, for the LGBTQ community. - The midterm elections of Nov 6.

His mother, Cleopatra Bernard, said she was honored to accept the award on behalf of her son.

Like Cardi B's performance, rising newcomer Ella Mai also won over the crowd when she sang the year's biggest R&B hit, Boo'd Up, starting the performance as she walked down the aisle of the Microsoft Theater. BTS was previously announced as one of the nominees for Favorite Social Artist.

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Swift is nominated for the top prize - artist of the year - where she will compete with Ed Sheeran, Imagine Dragons, Post Malone and Drake, who ties with Cardi B for most nominations with eight.

South Korean boy band BTS arrive at the awards.

Among the performances, a tribute to the late Aretha Franklin is planned.

Apart from Swift, the show was largely politics free.

And Swift was not the only one to get political, with host and Golden Globe-winning Black-ish actress Tracee Ellis Ross wearing a shirt bearing the words: "I am a voter". "I'm so nervous", Bernard said as the audience cheered her on.

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