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

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Swift won four honors including artist of the year at the fan-voted show on Tuesday in Los Angeles, beating out Drake, Ed Sheeran, Imagine Dragons, and Post Malone for the top prize.

For the month of October so far, 153,978 people have registered to vote.

Her awards also led her to become the most decorated female artist at the AMAs, with 22 trophies.

'Young people of America, the biggest election of our lifetime is happening on November 6. A special tribute to Aretha Franklin is included, as is some early promotion for the upcoming Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody.

Kane Brown swept the country categories with three wins, including male artist, album and song.

"Thank you for this incredible symbol of encouragement", she told her fans.

Referring to the fact the awards were "voted for by the people", Swift said: "You know what else is voted on by the people?", before telling fans to "get out and vote" at the midterm elections.

The Billy on the Street star was referring to Swift's usually political post to endorse two Democratic Tennessee Congressional candidates; Senate candidate Phil Bredesen and House of Representatives candidate Jim Cooper for the November midterm elections.

The main ceremony, hosted by black-ish star Tracee Ellis Ross, begins at 8 pm on ABC.

Other performers included Mariah Carey, Jennifer Lopez, Shawn Mendes and twenty one pilots.

Cardi B and Drake both have eight AMA nominations.

Swift opened the American Music Awards on Tuesday night which was unusually political.

"We are up to 65,000 registrations in a single 24-hour period since T.Swift's post", Kamari Guthrie, the director of communications for Vote.org told BuzzFeed News.

"Please, please educate yourself on the candidates running in your state and vote based on who most closely represents your values", she said.

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