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In a powerful and candid Instagram post this week, Taylor Swift urged citizens to take action next month and vote in the midterm elections.
Not long afterwards, the singer took an action herself that she had not taken in three years:
She performed on stage at an awards show.
Indeed, Swift opened the 2018 American Music Awards on Tuesday night with a rendition of "I Did Something Bad," reminding viewers everywhere that she deserves the honor she would later win at the ceremony.
(Swift was named Artist of the Year and, in the process, became the most decorated female artist in American Music Awards history.)
The 28-year-old pop sensation donned a sparkly long-sleeve leotard with over-the-knee leather black boots for her wildly-anticipated performance.
She also brought the drama with smoke and a giant snake (!!!!!!!) – which has been her Reputation tour logo and which has been a response to being called a snake years ago by Kim Kardashian – behind her on stage.
It was clear those in attendance were psyched to have Swift back in their lives.
"They’re burning all the witches, even if you aren’t one/They got their pitchforks and proof,” Swift sings in the featured track.
Having received some criticism from Republicans for not supporting any of their candidates in her aforementioned social media message, Swift did not back down at the AMAs.
In her Artist of the Year acceptance speech, she didn't take any side… but she did remain political.
“Thank you so much for this," she said on stage, adding:
"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.”
And we love you, Taylor.
We hope this was not a temporary return to the spotlight.
Check out her performance now!
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It's nearly impossible to choose the most memorable Aretha Franklin performance of all-time.
How could you?!?
This is an artist who performed at two Presidential Inaugurations, belting out "My Country Tis of Thee" in 2009 for Barack Obama and "I Dreamed a Dream" for Bill Clinton in 1993.
There was also her classic "Think" cameo in the beloved film The Blues Brothers.
But a cover that is receiving lots of attention on this sad day, the day Franklin died of cancer, is the version of "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” at the 2015 Kennedy Center Honors.
Franklin took to this stage as part of a tribute to Carole King, who was in attendance, along with President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.
As you can see in the video featured on this page, the number opens with the legendary artist in a floor-length fur coat, sitting down at the piano as the voice many believe to be the greatest in history reverberates around the hall.
Just a few lines into the song, the camera cuts to President Obama…
… who wipes a tear away from his eye.
Franklin eventually rises and stands in the middle of the stage, getting into the track's conclusion like only she can, as King cheers and screams in awe from the crowd and Aretha is given a standing ovation before she's even finished.
It's a mesmerizing performance.
It tells you almost all you need to know about the first female ever inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, along with the person Rolling Stone once named the greatest singer of all-time.
This is how celebrities around the world are reacting to Aretha's passing…
… and this is what Franklin sounded like even at the age of 73.
Listen to the footage featured here now.
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As you will see in the video that we've included, the spectacular Ariana Grande put on a gorgeous performance at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards.
It was a bittersweet performance, just two days before the 1-year anniversary of the Manchester Arena Bombing.
"No Tears Left To Cry" is Ariana's first single since last year's devastating terrorist attack with an explosive device.
Ultimately, 22 lives were lost to the terrorist's bomb. And over 500 innocents were injured.
Even those who evaded physical harm, who fled or were ushered out — Ariana's own mother, Joan Grande, reportedly urged dozens of audience-goers to come with her to safety in case there were multiple devices — were victims of the device.
And so were the families and loved ones of those who died. Terrorism exacts an appalling toll.
This kind of deadly tragedy transforms lives for the worst.
But Ariana has been outspoken and adamant that she not allow that kind of creeping evil to snuff out joy or hope, and she will continue to tour.
Ariana's performance itself, as you can see for yourself in the video that we have included, was a tasteful blend of optimism and art with somber reminders of the May 22 bombing.
At one point, she is lifted up into the air by a rising pillar, but her skillful backup dancers use their umbrella props to give the appearance that she is resting solely on their umbrellas.
(We haven't enjoyed a performance featuring umbrellas this much since Tom Holland's lip sync performance in 2017; well done, Ariana)
The bee, which is the symbol of Manchester, even makes an appearance during the show.
Ariana really knows how to illustrate how to move forward even as you grieve.
Ariana seemed to dedicate a lot of time in 2017 to self-care. She was also in a relationship that year, but Ariana and Mac Miller are over.
Very appropriate, under the circumstances. She had to recover, just like everyone else. Perhaps more so, as she may have felt a misplaced sense of guilt.
In contrast, she was something of a social media ghost during the first few months of 2018.
Then, Ariana began to tweet with upside-down letters, hinting that new music would soon be coming.
That music came in the form of "No Tears Left To Cry," a beautiful and powerful stand-alone single that continues to receive acclaim.
(We should note that, technically, it's only a stand-alone single for now — it may be part of an EP or a full length album later down the road)
Ariana was a natural choice to begin the 2018 Billboard Music Awards.
Janet Jackson won the ICON Award and generally owned at the awards show.
It's what she deserves.
Ed Sheeran won Top Artist. … Okay.
Top New Arist went to Khalid.
The Billboard Chart Achievement Award went to Camila Cabello.
Top Male Artist went to Ed Sheeran.
Top Female Artist went to Taylor Swift, which makes sense — she had the best-selling album of 2017.
Top Duo/Group went to Imagine Dragons.
Top Billboard 200 Artist went to Drake.
Top Hot 100 Artist went to Ed Sheeran. These awards are based upon streaming and sales, so don't blame Billboard that his name keeps popping up.
Top Social Artist went to BTS.
Top R&B Artist went to Bruno Mars.
Top Rap Artist went to Kendrick Lamar.
Top Country Artist went to Chris Stapleton.
Top Rock Artist went to Imagine Dragons, so Sheeran wasn't the only name that kept cropping up.
Top Billboard 200 Album was Damn by Kendrick Lamar.
As we mentioned, the Top Selling Album was Reputation by Taylor Swift.
The Top Hot 100 Song was "Despacito" by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber.
"Despacito" was also the top selling song. That makes sense — it was arguably 2017's "song of the summer."
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