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Taylor Swift swooped another award to add to her growing collection, by accepting the Video of the Year award at the 2019 MTV VMA’s.
Swift won the much-coveted award for her LGBTQ anthem “You Need to Calm Down” beating out contenders Ariana Grande, 21 Savage ft. J. Cole, Billie Eilish, Jonas Brothers, and Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus for the honor.
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During her acceptance speech, the 29-year-old singer/songwriter thanked fans, urging them to sign the Equality Act petition.
“I want to thank everyone that signed that petition because it now has half a million signatures, which is five times the amount that it would need to warrant a response from the White House,” Swift said of the Act that would give LGBTQ people equal rights under the law.
The music video for “You Need to Calm Down” features a star-studded cast including Ellen Degeneres, RuPaul, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Ciara, Ryan Reynolds, and Swift’s former nemesis Katy Perry.