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

10 October, 2018, 09:15 | Author: Austin Daniel
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The 2018 American Music Awards are nearly upon us, and ABC has assembled a surprisingly diverse crop of personalities to help us prepare for the big night. If you believe in equality for women, for people of colour, for the LGBTQ community.

This was not only the group's first American Music Award nomination, but it is also now their first award from this show. The show will also pay tribute to Aretha Franklin, who died in August. Her awards also led her to become the most decorated female artist at the AMAs, with 22 trophies.

Other winners included Post Malone (male pop/rock artist), Khalid (male soul/R&B artist), and country star Carrie Underwood, who accepted her 13th American Music Award. BTS has been announced as the victor of the Favorite Social Artist category!

"I just wanted to make a mention of the fact that this award and every single award given out tonight were voted on by the people", the 28-year-old said at Los Angeles' Microsoft Theatre.

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Host Tracee Ellis Ross sported a white T-shirt for part of the evening saying "I am a voter", and presenter Billy Eichner, best known for the TV comedy "Parks and Recreation", urged the youth audience to register to vote.

The musician, who hasn't attended the AMAs since 2014, is up for four of tonight's top awards: Artist of the Year, Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist, Favorite Pop/Rock Album and Favorite Tour. Other performers included Mariah Carey, Jennifer Lopez and Missy Elliott.

Swift had announced on Sunday that she was voting for Tennessee's Democratic Senate candidate Phil Bredesen, breaking her long-standing refusal to discuss anything politics.

Go to vote.org and you can find all the info.

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