Taylor Swift gets political at American Music Awards, encourages people to get out and vote

PHOTO: Taylor Swift accepts the award for tour of the year at the American Music Awards on Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.PlayAP
WATCH Taylor Swift gets political at American Music Awards

Taylor Swift broke a record on Tuesday night at the American Music Awards, but it's her continued political activism that is getting more attention.

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The pop star won four awards on the evening, but saved her most notable words for encouraging people to get out and vote in November.

"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? The midterm elections on Nov. 6," Swift said after collecting the award for Artist of the Year.

PHOTO: Taylor Swift performs onstage during the 2018 American Music Awards on Oct. 9, 2018, in Los Angeles.Kevin Mazur/AMA2018/Getty Images
Taylor Swift performs onstage during the 2018 American Music Awards on Oct. 9, 2018, in Los Angeles.

In addition to taking home Artist of the Year, she also won awards for Favorite Female Artist Pop/Rock, Favorite Album Pop/Rock for "Reputation" and Tour of the Year.

Swift has now won 23 AMAs in her career, besting the record previously held by Whitney Houston.

Swift made headlines earlier in the week when she broke her usually apolitical thoughts to encourage voters to come out and support two Democratic candidates in her adopted home state of Tennessee. She posted support on her Instagram page -- with its 112 million followers -- for Senate candidate Phil Bredesen and U.S. House candidate Jim Cooper.

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I’m writing this post about the upcoming midterm elections on November 6th, in which I’ll be voting in the state of Tennessee. 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. I always have and always will cast my vote based on which candidate will protect and fight for the human rights I believe we all deserve in this country. I believe in the fight for LGBTQ rights, and that any form of discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender is WRONG. I believe that the systemic racism we still see in this country towards people of color is terrifying, sickening and prevalent. I cannot vote for someone who will not be willing to fight for dignity for ALL Americans, no matter their skin color, gender or who they love. Running for Senate in the state of Tennessee is a woman named Marsha Blackburn. As much as I have in the past and would like to continue voting for women in office, I cannot support Marsha Blackburn. Her voting record in Congress appalls and terrifies me. She voted against equal pay for women. She voted against the Reauthorization 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. These are not MY Tennessee values. I will be voting for Phil Bredesen for Senate and Jim Cooper for House of Representatives. Please, please educate yourself on the candidates running in your state and vote based on who most closely represents your values. For a lot of us, we may never find a candidate or party with whom we agree 100% on every issue, but we have to vote anyway. 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. But first you need to register, which is quick and easy to do. October 9th is the LAST DAY to register to vote in the state of TN. Go to vote.org and you can find all the info. Happy Voting! ??????

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"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," Swift wrote. "I always have and always will cast my vote based on which candidate will protect and fight for the human rights I believe we all deserve in this country."

She said she would support candidates in favor of LGBT equality and specifically cited the "systemic racism we still see in this country towards people of color is terrifying, sickening and prevalent."

Registered voters have reportedly spiked 100,000 in the state in just a few days.

Even President Donald Trump was asked about her comments on Monday. The president said he liked her music "25 percent less" since she heard her comments.

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