There were only a couple of other political moments during the night - including a passionate call to vote from presenter Billy Eichner and host Tracee Ellis Ross wearing a T-shirt that said, "I am a voter". "I love you guys".
The show aired Tuesday on ABC from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.
Swift opened up during one of her acceptance speeches, revealing she was already working on new work.
Taylor performed "I Did Something Bad", and because I like to read into things, I am going to go ahead and interpret the bad thing that "feels so good" as her finally breaking her apolitical stance and letting out all her midterm election feels. Swift, who had 19 AMA wins prior to this year's show, walked away with a total of 22 awards, beating Whitney Houston's longstanding record of 21 wins.
Competition will be fierce at this year's American Music Awards.
This was not only the group's first American Music Award nomination, but it is also now their first award from this show.
"And you can go to Vote.org like Taylor Swift told you to".
Taylor went heavy with the use of snake imagery for her Reputation tour - there was a snake microphone, snake merchandise, and even a whopping great snake prop on stage.
And Aretha Franklin was honored with a star-studded performance highlighting the Queen of Soul's gospel roots and her 1972 album Amazing Grace.