Taylor Swift Urged Fans to Vote in November Primaries During Political AMAs Acceptance Speech

Taylor Swift may have given politics the silent treatment during the 2016 presidential campaign, but those days appear to be long gone. Just a few days after encouraging people to vote—Democrat at that—in the upcoming November primaries, Swift used her powerful platform once again to urge fans to participate in the midterm elections while accepting one of the highest honors at the American Music Awards on Tuesday night.

It was a historical moment for the 28-year-old as she accepted the award for Artist of the Year at the AMAs, marking her 22nd AMA—she surpassed Whitney Houston for the most wins by a female artist at the annual award ceremony.

"I just want to say to the fans, you have been so nice to me. And fun. And you're so funny. And you're so cool," Swift said when she took the stage to accept the award. "And so loyal, and I am so—it's not lost on me. I understand how lucky I am to have anyone that cares about me or my music. And, wow."

"I just, every time that you have made me lucky enough to ever get to stand on a stage and have something really sparkly in my hands and say thank you, every single time this happens, it means something different to me," she continued. "It means something different every time, represents something different. This time, I just want you to know it represents encouragement and motivation for me to be better, work harder, and make you guys proud as much as I possibly can. So, thank you for this incredible symbol of encouragement."

It was while Swift was wrapping up her speech when the singer reminded fans of the power of their vote. "I wanted to make a mention of the fact that this award and every single award given out tonight were voted on by the people. And you know what else is voted on by the people is the midterm elections on November 6th. Get out and vote. I love you guys," she concluded.

Swift, who opened the awards show with a performance of "I Did Something Bad," also took home awards for Tour of the Year and Pop/Rock album for her 2017 chart-topper Reputation.

Swift's political affiliations have long been questioned by the media and fans, and speculation over her silence only heightened when she decided not to publicly endorse Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton or Republican President Donald Trump during the 2016 election. However, the Grammy winner said she felt "very differently" about voicing her opinion 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," Swift wrote in an Instagram post Sunday, in which she denounced Tennessee Senate candidate Republican 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," Swift wrote." 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."

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