Tay­lor Swift talks pol­i­tics as she breaks Whit­ney Hous­ton’s record to be­come the most dec­o­rated fe­male artist in Amer­i­can Mu­sic Awards his­tory af­ter scoop­ing four gongs, tak­ing her to­tal to a whop­ping 23!

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TAY­LOR SWIFT KICKED off her week with a rare po­lit­i­cal post on so­cial me­dia, and at the Amer­i­can Mu­sic Awards (AMA) she con­tin­ued the con­ver­sa­tion by en­cour­ag­ing fans to vote in the up­com­ing midterm elec­tions. Swift won four hon­ours 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.

“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,” she said, “the midterm elec­tions on Novem­ber 6.”

Vot­ing was a hot topic at the AMAS. Host and Golden Globe-win­ning black-ish ac­tress Tracee El­lis Ross wore a shirt that said, “I am a voter,” and co­me­dian-ac­tor Billy Eich­ner told the au­di­ence, “The big­gest elec­tion of our life­time is hap­pen­ing.” “Please grab your friends and tell them to vote. Now is the time. If you be­lieve in equal­ity for women, for peo­ple of colour, for the LGBTQ com­mu­nity. If you be­lieve that cli­mate change is real and that we need to do some­thing about it,” he said on­stage be­fore pre­sent­ing an award.

His­toric win

Swift made his­tory by be­com­ing the most dec­o­rated woman in the show’s his­tory with a to­tal of 23 AMAS. De­spite hav­ing the year’s top-sell­ing al­bum and three No. 1 hits, Drake didn’t win a sin­gle award. He did not at­tend the show but tied Cardi B with most nom­i­na­tions walk­ing into the AMAS. Swift kicked off the show with a per­for­mance of I Did Some­thing Bad, while Cardi B – who won three hon­ours – picked up the night’s first award, favourite hip-hop/rap artist, which she ded­i­cated to her daugh­ter.

“I re­ally want to thank my daugh­ter,” said Cardi B, who gave birth to Kul­ture Kiari Ce­phus in July. “I gotta prove peo­ple wrong. They said I wasn’t go­ing to make it af­ter I had a baby.”

The rap­per hit the stage to give a fes­tive and colour­ful per­for­mance of her No. 1 hit, I Like It, where she was joined by J Balvin and Bad Bunny, who was wheeled on­stage in­side a shop­ping cart.

Cardi B’s hus­band, Off­set of the rap trio Mi­gos, danced along in the au­di­ence with group mem­ber Quavo as Cardi B worked the stage with vi­brant dance moves, in­clud­ing the salsa.

Cardi B re­turned the favour, scream­ing hap­pily when Mi­gos was named favourite pop/ rock duo or group, beat­ing out Ma­roon 5 and Imag­ine Drag­ons, later in the show.

“We did not know we was win­ning this at all,” said Quavo, also giv­ing a shout-out to group mem­ber Take­off, who didn’t at­tend the AMAS.

“I want to thank you sexy lady,” Off­set said, point­ing to Cardi B.

Danc­ing au­di­ence

Like Cardi B’s per­for­mance, ris­ing new­comer Ella Mai also won over the crowd when she sang the year’s big­gest R&B hit, Boo’d Up,

start­ing the per­for­mance as she walked down the aisle of the Mi­crosoft The­ater.

Khalid, Quavo and Off­set were some of the au­di­ence mem­bers danc­ing along, while oth­ers sang and some even filmed her with their phones.

The three-hour show closed with a rous­ing trib­ute to Aretha Franklin, who died in Au­gust. Gla­dys Knight, Le­disi, Mary Mary, Don­nie Mcclurkin and Cece Wi­nans were among the mu­si­cians who paid trib­ute to the Queen of Soul’s gospel roots and her iconic al­bum, Amaz­ing Grace.

Rap­per-singer Xxxtenta­cion, who was fa­tally shot in June, was also hon­oured: He won fa­vorite soul/r&b al­bum for his 2017 de­but, 17.

It was days af­ter he was named best new artist at the BET Hip-hop Awards.

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

Post Malone, who wore a baby blue suit and per­formed, won Favourite Pop/rock Male Artist, Car­rie Un­der­wood was named Favourite Coun­try Fe­male Artist and Khalid picked up Fa­vorite Soul/r&b Male Artist.

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

Camila Ca­bello tied with Tay­lor Swift with

J Balvin (left) Cardi B and Bad Bunny put

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