Taylor Swift walked away with top honors at the 2018 American Music Awards winning Artist of the Year, Tour of the Year, Favorite Pop/Rock Album for reputation, and Favorite Female Artist Pop/Rock and made history by scoring the most AMA wins by a female artist in the music industry. Her four newest honors bring her career total to 23 American Music Award wins, beating Whitney Houston’s previous record of 22 AMAs.
Swift was gracious and poised while accepting her trophies, always putting her fans and her hard-working team first in her heartfelt acceptance speeches. On the tour win, she also thanked her tour openers Camila Cabello and Charli XCX For her album win, she recognized the support she had around her during the creation process saying, “This is the first time I wrote an album based on a title first. The whole time I was writing the album based on all the facets of a reputation and how it affects you and what it actually means to you, I was surrounded by friends and family and loved ones who never loved me any less based on all the fluctuations of public opinion."
Swift’s sixth studio album, reputation, was notably the best-selling album of 2017 by moving over 1.2 million units in its first week of release and per Billboard, her Reputation World Tour was the highest-grossing U.S. tour, which surpassed a record set by the “Delicate” singer with her 1989 tour.
Swift notably beat out her friend and frequent collaborator, Ed Sheeran, in the Artist, Tour and Pop/Rock categories. She also made her first return to an awards show performance stage by performing a sizzling rendition of “I Did Something Bad” to open the American Music Awards ceremony, which was broadcast on ABC.
Several midterm election references were made in the evening, with AMA host Tracee Ellis Ross addressing the audience at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles at one point wearing an “I Am a Voter” t-shirt and Favorite Adult Contemporary Artist Award presenter Billy Eichner urging young people of America to register and vote and go to Vote.gov “just like Taylor Swift told you.”
The “American Horror Story” actor is referring to Swift’s recent decision to break her longtime political silence via an Instagram post, just days before the AMAs, urging her followers to educate themselves on the candidates in their areas and vote for “who most closely represents your values.”
In her Artist of the Year acceptance speech, Swift talked about how getting that particular award encouraged and motivated her to work harder and be better for her fans and seized the moment to stress the importance of voting once again saying, "I want to mention the fact that 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? The midterm elections on Nov. 6 -- get out and vote. I love you guys."
As previously reported, Taylor Swift has been tapped to star in Dennis Hopper’s upcoming musical film adaptation of “Cats” as the flirty red cat, Bombalurina, opposite Jennifer Hudson and James Corden. Production is slated to begin later this year.
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