Swift urges peo­ple to vote at the award gala

The Amer­i­can Mu­sic Awards night saw a cheeky com­ment on US pol­i­tics made by Tay­lor Swift, who took home as many as four tro­phies

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Tay­lor Swift, straight off a con­tro­ver­sial dive into US pol­i­tics, was the big win­ner at the Amer­i­can Mu­sic Awards on Tues­day in Los An­ge­les. She used the plat­form to again urge her fans to get out and vote. The pop star won a record fourth Artist of the Year tro­phy at the fan-voted awards, beat­ing rap­pers Drake and Post Malone, Bri­tish singer Ed Sheeran and rock band Imag­ine Dragons for the top prize. She also picked up the awards for the Best Fe­male Artist, Best Tour and Best Pop Al­bum, for Rep­u­ta­tion, 2017’s big­gest seller.

On Sun­day, the 28-year-old had kicked up a storm by an­nounc­ing she would vote for two Democrats in Ten­nessee in the US con­gres­sional mid-term elec­tions in Novem­ber. Her com­ments drove a spike in voter reg­is­tra­tion. And on Tues­day, the Fearless singer told the awards au­di­ence in Los An­ge­les and mil­lions watch­ing at home to go and vote. “This award and ev­ery sin­gle award given out tonight, is voted on by the peo­ple. And you know what else is voted on by the peo­ple — the midterm elec­tions of Novem­ber 6. Get out and vote,” Swift said as she ac­cepted her tro­phy.

In other high­lights, rap­per Cardi B brought down the house with an ex­u­ber­ant per­for­mance of dance hit I Like It with Colom­bian singer J Balvin and Puerto Ri­can Bad Bunny. Cardi B, who has had a break­out 12 months, was also named fa­vorite hip-hop/rap artist, but she lost the best new

artist cat­e­gory to Cuban-born Camila Ca­bello. Other win­ners in­cluded Post Malone in the Male Pop/ Rock Artist cat­e­gory, Khalid in the Male Soul/r&b Artist, and singer Car­rie Un­der­wood in the Coun­try Fe­male Artist cat­e­gory. Boy band BTS be­came the first Korean group to win an Amer­i­can Mu­sic Award, tak­ing the tro­phy for Favourite So­cial Artists.

Veteran singer Gla­dys Knight led a trib­ute to Aretha Franklin, who died of can­cer in Au­gust at age 76. Other per­form­ers in­cluded Mariah Carey, Jen­nifer Lopez and Missy El­liott.

Those ab­sent at the awards cer­e­mony in­cluded Drake, Ed Sheeran, Bey­once, Ari­ana Grande, Ri­hanna and Kanye West. West was snubbed in the nom­i­na­tions while Bey­once, Ri­hanna and Grande got just one nom­i­na­tion each.

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Car­rie Un­der­wood won Fe­male Artist (Coun­try)

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Cardi B per­forms I Like It

PHOTO: VA­LERIE MA­CON / AFP

Camila Ca­bello, too, won big — she was Young Artist of the Year and her song Ha­vana won Favourite Song (Pop/rock)

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Khalid (above) took home favourite male artist (Soul/r&b)

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Singer Mariah Carey dur­ing her With You per­for­mance at the awards night

PHOTO: MARIO ANZUONI

Shawn Men­des per­forms his song Lost in Ja­pan. Men­des won Adult Con­tem­po­rary Artist

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