Swift is nominated for the top prize - artist of the year - where she will compete with Ed Sheeran, Imagine Dragons, Post Malone and Drake, who ties with Cardi B for most nominations with eight. 2009 was a big one for Taylor at the show, as she won Artist of the Year, Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist, Favorite Country Female Artist, Favorite Adult Contemporary Artist AND Favorite Country Album.
Referring to the fact the awards were "voted for by the people", Swift said: "You know what else is voted on by the people?", before telling fans to "get out and vote" at the midterm elections. And you know what else is voted on by the people is the midterm elections on November 6. Get out and vote.
"Please grab your friends and tell them to vote". I believe in the fight for LGBTQ rights, and that any form of discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender is WRONG.
She went on to win awards at the show in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015, but was left out of the nominations in 2016 and 2017.
However, the song's lyrics did have some added frisson, taken in the context of Swift's post on Sunday, excoriating Tennessee Senator Marsha Blackburn and promising to support her adopted home state's Democratic candidates in the forthcoming midterm elections. She voted against equal pay for women. These are not MY Tennessee values.
Taylor Swift performing at the awards. I will be voting for Phil Bredesen for Senate and Jim Cooper for House of Representatives.
Among the performances, a tribute to the late Aretha Franklin is planned.