Taylor Swift gets political at awards

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"I just wanted to say I'm going to be opening up the American Music Awards with a performance", she wrote.

The night opens with Taylor Swift making her first awards-show performance in almost three years, and tributes promise to provide memorable moments.

The American Music Awards, where music's biggest stars come out to be honored, went off without a hitch Tuesday night (Oct. 9) at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. "Get out and vote", Swift said when accepting her trophy.

Receiving the award for artist of the year, Swift said: "Thank you so much for this".

She added that the awards represented "encouragement and motivation to be better and work harder". Not only did she open the show with a mind-blowing performance of her song "I Did Something Bad", but she took home THREE awards at the show, and broke an all-time record previously held by Whitney Houston. If you believe in equality for women, for people of color, for the LGBTQ community.

Swift was nominated for the top prize - artist of the year - where she competed with Ed Sheeran, Imagine Dragons, Post Malone and Drake, who tied with Cardi B for most nominations with eight. "But I have to be really honest with you about something: I'm even more excited about the next chapter".

Former High School Musical star Vanessa Hudgens clearly walked the 2018 American Music Awards red carpet ready to drop jaws.

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The singer made her first awards show performance at the AMAs in three years with "I Did Something Bad".

This was not only the group's first American Music Award nomination, but it is also now their first award from this show.

Swift, departing from her apolitical public stance, declared in an Instagram post on Sunday her support for Democratic Senate candidate Phil Bredesen over Republican Marsha Blackburn in the Tennessee race for retiring Sen.

Post Malone, who wore a baby blue suit and performed, won favourite pop/rock male artist, Underwood was named favourite country female artist, Khalid picked up favourite soul/R&B male artist, and Kane Brown won favourite country male artist.

The Queen of Soul was remembered with a performance by Gladys Knight, Ledisi, Mary Mary, Donnie McClurkin and CeCe Winans.

The performance climaxed with the witch-burning finale, as Swift riled up the crowd with her "light me up" chant.

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