Taylor Swift is having a big week: She first broke her long-standing refusal to discuss politics Sunday and now she's going to give her first awards show performance in three years at the American Music Awards. "Get out and vote", Swift said when accepting her trophy.
We came for Taylor Swift and loved her, though she wasn't our favorite of the night! After getting political in an Instagram post over the weekend, Taylor used her acceptance speech for Artist of the Year to encourage people to vote.
This was not only the group's first American Music Award nomination, but it is also now their first award from this show.
I'm writing this post about the upcoming midterm elections on November 6th, in which I'll be voting in the state of Tennessee. "Go to vote.gov like Taylor Swift told you to".
In addition, performers at the 2018 AMAs will include Benny Blanco with Halsey and Khalid, Camila Cabello, Cardi B featuring J Balvin & Bad Bunny, Carrie Underwood, Ciara featuring Missy Elliott, Dua Lipa, Ella Mai, Jennifer Lopez, Mariah Carey, Panic! "I gotta prove people wrong because they said I wasn't going to make it after I had a baby", she said from the stage.
And Aretha Franklin was honored with a star-studded performance highlighting the Queen of Soul's gospel roots and her 1972 album Amazing Grace. Host Tracee Ellis Ross sported a white T-shirt for part of the evening saying "I am a voter", and presenter Billy Eichner, best known for the TV comedy Parks and Recreation, urged the youth audience to register to vote.