Taylor Swift Makes History At The AMAs
Pop superstar Taylor Swift won 4 awards at the American Music Awards on Tuesday. She was awarded Tour of the Year, for her Reputation Tour; Favorite Album — Pop/Rock, Reputation; Favorite Female Artist Pop/Rock, and Artist of the Year.
The honors pushed Swift past Whitney Houston for the most American Music Award wins by a female artist.
Swift also opened the show with a performance of her hit track “I Did Something Bad.”
She also used the opportunity to continue to urge fans to vote. While accepting the award for Artist of the Year, Swift stated: “[I want to] mention 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 Nov. 6 — get out and vote.”
Her recent endorsement of two Democrat candidates has led to a sudden increase in voter registration, especially among young Americans.
Swift, in an Instagram post on Sunday, declared she will vote for Phil Bredesen for Senate and Jim Cooper, D-Tenn., for the House of Representatives. The post “significantly” drove up voter registration among 18- to 29-year-olds in a two-day period, Billboard reports, citing data from non-profit organization Vote.org.
According to sources, 65,000 Americans ages 18 to 29 registered to vote in the roughly 24 hours after the singer-songwriter’s social media post.
Nationwide, voter registration climbed from 12,846 in January to 49,030 in July, 190,178 in September and 240,329 to date in October.
Since Swift’s post, voter registrations among 18- to 29-year-olds led all age groups by far to 70,928, with 25- to 29-year-olds in second at 32,019.
“We always have a spike in October. People wait until the deadline to register,” according to Vote.org. “However, Taylor Swift’s visibility on this issue is driving a lot of coverage of voter registration and it’s reaching many of her fans who would not otherwise be following news like this. Ultimately, this might have been what pushed many of those 18- to 24-year-old voters over the line to register.”
“Taylor’s post has helped bring out young voters,” the nonprofit said. “We’re especially happy to see that because we know voting is habit-forming.”
Swift, who previously preferred not to disclose her political views despite severe pressure in the past, on Sunday said that due to several events in her life and in the world in the past two years, she feels very differently about that now. Swift also explained her clear-cut opinion on a number of political issues, including support for LGBTQ rights and condemning racism.
The 28-year-old artist made it clear that she will cast her vote based on which candidate will protect and fight for human rights.
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