The American Music Awards 2018

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"So the whole time I was writing an album based on all the facets of a reputation and how it affects you, what it actually means to you, I was surrounded by friends and family and loved ones, who never loved me less based on the fluctuations of public opinion".

Cardi B and Drake both have eight AMA nominations.

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On Sunday, Swift provoked a fierce debate by breaking her silence on political matters and announcing she would vote for two Democrats in Tennessee in the US congressional midterm elections in November.

Earlier in the evening, Cardi won her first award for Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Artist.

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Swift said that although she would like to continue supporting female politicians, she came out against incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn whose voting record, Swift said, "appalls and terrifies" her. I believe that the systemic racism we still see in this country towards people of color is terrifying, sickening and prevalent'. She believes businesses have a right to refuse service to gay couples. "[I want to] mention the fact that this award, and every single award given out tonight, were voted on by the people".

Other performers included Mariah Carey, Jennifer Lopez, Shawn Mendes and twenty one pilots.

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Swift, who already has a record three artist-of-the-year wins at the fan-voted American Music Awards, is competing again for the top title on Tuesday against rappers Drake and Post Malone, as well as Britain's Ed Sheeran and rock band Imagine Dragons.

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