Here’s How Taylor Swift Made History at the 2018 American Music Awards
Taylor Swift’s night at the 2018 American Music Awards got off to a huge start with her show-opening performance, and it only got better from there: The “Look What You Made Me Do” singer won a total of four awards, becoming the most awarded female artist in AMAs history in the process.
Swift’s winning streak kicked off with the award for Tour of the Year. From there, she went on to collect trophies for Favorite Pop/Rock Album for 2017’s Reputation, Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist, and the biggest award of the night, Artist of the Year.
The wins brought the singer to an all-time total of 23 AMAs trophies, breaking late singer Whitney Houston’s previous record and putting her on the heels of the all-time AMAs record holder, Michael Jackson, who earned 24 AMAs during his lifetime.
The American Music Awards differ from other major music awards in that winners are voted on by the public and fans.
“Every time that you have made me lucky enough to ever get to stand on a stage and have something really sparkly in my hands and say thank you, every single time this happens, it means something differently to me,” Taylor said as she accepted her Artist of the Year award. “This time, it represents encouragement and motivation for me to be better, work harder, and make you guys proud as much as I possibly can.”
The singer then urged her fans and viewers to vote in the upcoming midterm elections, recalling her headline-grabbing Instagram post from earlier in the week. “I wanted to make a mention of 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 November 6th,” she said. “Get out and vote. I love you guys.”
Congrats to Swift on her historic night!
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