Music 10 October 2018 | 15:45

Taylor Swift can win votes for herself, but can she sway an election?

10 October 2018 15:45

Taylor, I’m really happy for you, I’ma let you finish, but Beyoncé and JAY-Z went on one of the best tours of all time this year. And, therefore, I’m a little confused as to how you managed to snag ‘Artist of the Year’, ‘Favourite Female Artist’, ‘Favourite Pop/Rock Album’ and ‘Tour of the Year’ at last night’s American Music Awards.

It’s like a nightmare I can’t wake up from. A world in which Kanye West is about to meet with Donald Trump and Jared Kushner at the White House, and Taylor Swift is suddenly political hero, whose AMA collection just grew to 23 awards, consequently making her the most celebrated female artist by the awards in its history. She’s taken over the top spot from Whitney Houston, and she’s one award away from beating Michael Jackson to become the most successful artist at the AMAs of all time. My brain can’t compute.

There’s no denying that, with 112 million Instagram followers, Swift has a huge influence. My respect for her grew tremendously earlier this week, when she broke her career-long political silence to announce her support for Democratic candidates Phil Bredesen and Jim Cooper on social media. It was a risky move, one that likely lost her a lot of fans, but it also appeared to cause a spike in voter registrations across America. 65,000 people registered in 24 hours. Trump now likes her music 25 per cent less.

Since her political outburst, a lot of people have come out in praise of Swift, with a ‘better late than never’ attitude. But, actually, it would have been a lot better if she’d cared less about losing money and had the courage to voice her political views in 2016.

‘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,’ she said while accepting her award for ‘Artist of the Year’. Swift is clearly capable of winning votes for herself, but, two years too late, is the sudden rebranding of her apolitical Reputation really enough to get more Democratic representatives into office? Let’s hope so, otherwise, the world may never wake up from this nightmare.