Thomas Rhett applauds Taylor Swift for being the star of the show, not only for breaking the record as the most decorated female artist in the history of the American Music Awards, but also for breaking her political silence.
On the red carpet of the AMA of 2018, PEOPLE spoke with the singer of "Changes in life", where he supported his friend to take a political position and encourage fans to vote in the upcoming midterm elections.
"Taylor's strength is such and what she says, many people listen to her," explained Thomas Rhett, 28. "I think it's great that he's using his platform to defend something he believes in."
"Whichever city you are in, with respect to voting, that can change your lifestyle or that of your family," he continued. "It is very important to register to vote."
After opening the AMA with a fierce interpretation of her song "I Did Something Bad", the Grammy winner received the biggest award of the night: the artist of the year. During her powerful acceptance speech, she reminded Swifties, once again, to go out and vote in the midterm elections.
"I just want to tell the fans … that they were very nice to me and fun, and that they are so funny and so cool and so loyal," the superstar said during her acceptance speech. "Every time you've made me lucky enough to be able to stand on a stage and have something really bright in my hands … it means something different."
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"This time, I just want you to know what it means to encourage … for me to be better, work more and be proud of you as much as possible," he continued. "This award and each of the prizes that were presented tonight were voted by the people, and you know what else people vote in the midterm elections on November 6th. Go out and vote. I love you guys!"
On Sunday, the 28-year-old singer of "Look What You Made Me Do" broke her political silence to support two Democratic candidates running for midterm elections in Tennessee.
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"I'm writing this post about the upcoming midterm elections on November 6, in which I will vote in the state of Tennessee," Swift began her long message with a moderate Polaroid of herself. "In the past, I have been reluctant to publicly express my political views, but due to various events in my life and in the world over the past two years, I feel very different about it now."
Swift continued: "I have always issued and will cast my vote based on which candidate will protect and fight for human rights that I believe we all deserve in this country. I believe in the struggle for LGBTQ rights, and that any form of discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender is INCORRECT. I think the systemic racism that we still see in this country towards people of color is frightening, disgusting and prevailing. "
"I can not vote for someone who is not willing to fight for the dignity of ALL Americans, regardless of the color of their skin, sex or who they love," he explained. "Running for the Senate in the state of Tennessee there is a woman named Marsha Blackburn. "As much as I have done in the past and would like to continue voting for women in office, I can not support Marsha Blackburn."
Swift analyzed the history of the Republican representative Blackburn. "Your voting record in Congress scares me and terrifies me. She voted against equal pay for women. She voted against the Law on the Reauthorization of Violence against Women, which seeks to protect women from domestic violence, harassment and dating rape. She believes that companies have the right to refuse service to homosexual couples. She also believes that they should not have the right to marry. These are not my Tennessee values. "
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Swift also saluted two Democratic candidates, writing: "I will vote for Phil Bredesen for the Senate and Jim Cooper for the House of Representatives. Please educate yourself about the candidates that are presented in your state and vote based on who represents your values best. For many of us, we may never find a candidate or party with whom we 100% agree on each issue, but we have to vote anyway. "
She concluded with a call to action. "So many smart, thoughtful and self-possessed people have turned 18 in the last two years and now they have the right and privilege to make their vote count," said Swift. "But first you need to register, which is quick and easy to do. October 9 is the LAST DAY to register to vote in the state of TN. Go to vote.org and you can find all the information. Happy voting!
On Sunday, Swift showed his appreciation for the latest demonstration of support for the frenemia Katy Perry and liked a post on Tumblr that drew attention to Perry's likes. For years, the superstars have had a complicated friendship, but in May, Perry sent Swift an olive branch and a sweet card before the Swift Reputation Stadium Tour record.
Swift also got "Like" comments from Instagram users on List A, including Blake Lively, Chrissy Teigen, Karlie Kloss (who is engaged to Joshua Kushner, Ivanka Trump's sister-in-law), Emily Ratajkowski, Anna Faris, Kevin McHale and more.
Although Swift did not say who he voted for in the 2016 presidential election, he encouraged fans to exercise their right.
"Today is the day, Come out and VOTE," Swift subtitled an Instagram photo of herself waiting in line at her polling place on Election Day 2016.