Taylor Swift gets political at awards

Taylor Swift gets political at awards

Taylor Swift gets political at awards

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".

"Every single time this happens it represents encouragement and motivation for me to be better, work harder, and try and make you guys proud", said Swift in her acceptance speech.

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 color, for the LGBTQ community.

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. She believes businesses have a right to refuse service to gay couples.

The main ceremony, hosted by black-ish star Tracee Ellis Ross, begins at 8 pm on ABC. 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. These are not MY Tennessee values'. Swift was accepting the award for artist of the year when she urged viewers to vote.

Instead, Swift said she will vote for Democrats Phil Bredesen for Senate and Jim Cooper for the House of Representatives. I believe that the systemic racism we still see in this country towards people of color is terrifying, sickening and prevalent'.

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.

Migos were acknowledged as the favourite duo in the Pop/Rock category, while Mendes won the Adult Contemporary Artist.

Late rapper, XXXTentacion, who was gunned down in June aged 20, won a posthumous award.

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