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Taylor Swift Makes History

Wednesday 10 October 2018

Last night Taylor Swift broke the all-time AMA record for the most wins by a female artist with a total of 23 wins, overtaking Whitney Houston’s 19 wins.

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@taylorswift won FOUR #AMAs tonight and now holds the record for most wins by a female artist. CONGRATULATIONS! #TaylorSwiftAMAs

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The star won four AMAs last night, including artist of the year. On accepting the award, Swift said: “Thank you so much for this. And 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. And you know what else is voted on by the people? The midterm elections on 6 November. Get out and vote – I love you guys.”

The acceptance speech follows her recent break from years of political silence. Taking to social media this week, Taylor Swift endorsed two Democrat candidates and condemned Marsha Blackburn, the Republican candidate for her voting record on women’s rights, including domestic violence, stalking and date rape.

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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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Taylor’s political backings correlated with a large spike in voting registration, with over 166,000 people across the US submitting new registrations, 42% of those being aged between 18 and 24. Kamari Gurthrie said in an interview: “We have never seen a 24- or 36- or 48-hour period like this”, adding that “This is leaps and bounds beyond what we typically see”.

Along with artist of the year. Swift won tour of the year, favourite female artist, and favourite pop/rock album for Reputation.