Taylor Swift breaks American Music Award history, surpassing Whitney Houston

Days after making a rare political statement ahead of the midterm elections next month, Taylor Swift has teased what’s in store for her fans in the next “chapter” of her life.

The 28-year-old singer made music history as she received this year’s American Music Awards for Artist of the Year, Best Pop/Rock Album, Best Tour and Pop/Rock Female Artist.

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As a result, Swift overtook Whitney Houston for the most wins by a female artist at the fan-voted show.

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As she accepted the award for Favorite Pop/Rock Album for her studio album, “Reputation,” she told her fans:

“I always look at albums as chapters in my life. And I’m so — to the fans, I’m so happy that you like this one. I’m so happy that this means that you like this one. But I have to be really honest with you about something. I’m even more excited about the next chapter.”

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Swift provided no other details about what this “next chapter” meant.

After accepting the award for Artist of the Year from Lenny Kravitz at the end of the evening, Swift took the opportunity to encourage her fellow Americans to “get out and vote” in the forthcoming midterm elections, saying:

“Thank you so much for this. And I just 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 6 November. Get out and vote – I love you guys.”

Her words come days after there was a significant increase in voter registration after she released her first-ever political statement on Instagram.

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I’m writing this post about the upcoming midterm elections on November 6th, in which I’ll be voting in the state of Tennessee. In the past I’ve been reluctant to publicly voice my political opinions, but due to several events in my life and in the world in the past two years, I feel very differently about that now. I always have and always will cast my vote based on which candidate will protect and fight for the human rights I believe we all deserve in this country. I believe in the fight for LGBTQ rights, and that any form of discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender is WRONG. I believe that the systemic racism we still see in this country towards people of color is terrifying, sickening and prevalent. I cannot vote for someone who will not be willing to fight for dignity for ALL Americans, no matter their skin color, gender or who they love. Running for Senate in the state of Tennessee is a woman named Marsha Blackburn. As much as I have in the past and would like to continue voting for women in office, I cannot support Marsha Blackburn. Her voting record in Congress appalls and terrifies me. She voted against equal pay for women. She voted against the Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, which attempts to protect women from domestic violence, stalking, and date rape. She believes businesses have a right to refuse service to gay couples. She also believes they should not have the right to marry. These are not MY Tennessee values. I will be voting for Phil Bredesen for Senate and Jim Cooper for House of Representatives. Please, please educate yourself on the candidates running in your state and vote based on who most closely represents your values. For a lot of us, we may never find a candidate or party with whom we agree 100% on every issue, but we have to vote anyway. So many intelligent, thoughtful, self-possessed people have turned 18 in the past two years and now have the right and privilege to make their vote count. But first you need to register, which is quick and easy to do. October 9th is the LAST DAY to register to vote in the state of TN. Go to vote.org and you can find all the info. Happy Voting! 🗳😃🌈

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Earlier his week, Kamari Guthrie, director of communications for the nonprofit Vote.org, told Buzzfeed numbers had spiked both nationally and in Swift’s home state of Tennessee after the singer’s post Sunday on Instagram.

“We are up to 65,000 registrations in a single 24-hour period since T. Swift’s post,” Guthrie said in relation to the post, which racked up more than 1.7 million likes and trended on Twitter.

Over the weekend, the “22” singer revealed she will be voting in Tennessee ahead of the elections and exactly who she’s backing.

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“I always have and always will cast my vote based on which candidate will protect and fight for the human rights I believe we all deserve in this country,” she wrote.

“I believe in the fight for LGBTQ rights and that any form of discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender is WRONG. I believe that the systemic racism we still see in this country towards people of color is terrifying, sickening and prevalent.”

The star publicly said she endorsed Senate candidate Phil Bredesen and Congressional candidate Jim Cooper. She explained she would not be voting for Marsha Blackburn, despite her desire to “continue voting for women in office.”

“Her voting record in Congress appalls and terrifies me,” she said of her decision.

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