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Taylor Swift breaks all-time American Music Awards record

The star won four trophies, including artist of the year, making her the ceremony's most-decorated female ever.

She now holds 23 AMAs, beating a record previously held by Whitney Houston.

Swift, who recently broke years of political silence to declare support for two Democrats, again urged fans to take part in the US mid-term elections.

Accepting artist of the year, she said: "This award, and every single award given out tonight, were voted on by the people.

Taylor Swift plays the hits then runs in Swansea

Effectively a stripped-back supercut of her current world tour, the six-song performance largely focused on the star's 2017 album Reputation.

She opened with the pummelling goth-pop of Ready For It, before racing through songs like Gorgeous and Delicate.

Fans were forced to wait to the end to hear the classics Blank Space and Shake It Off - and then it was all over.

But if the 26,000-strong audience who'd crammed into Swansea's Singleton Park felt short-changed, they didn't show it, shimmying along with Swift and her tightly-drilled dancers.

How Taylor Swift almost had 2017's biggest album

The star outsold every other artist in the US last year - shifting 1.9 million copies of her fifth record, Reputation, in just seven weeks.

But her decision to withhold it from streaming services until December damaged its chances in the chart of 2017's most popular albums.

That's because 1,500 streams now count as the equivalent of one album sale.

Taylor Swift takes shots at exes on new album

The record-breaking singer released the album last Friday (local time). She's taken digs at some famous A-listers, with the song 'Getaway Car' reportedly taking shots at both Calvin Harris and Tom Hiddleston. 

Swift sings: "The ties were black, the lies were white / In shades of grey in candlelight / I wanted to leave him / I needed a reason."

Eagle-eared fans believe the song is about meeting Hiddleston at the Met Gala, where the dress theme was black and white. The man mentioned at the end of the line is possibly Calvin Harris. 

Taylor Swift gets first UK number one

Given the the number of records that Look What You Made Me Do has smashed, it is perhaps not a surprise.

The song, her first solo release in two years, has already had huge success on Spotify and YouTube.

It had 5.3 million streams and 30,000 downloads in its first week, the Official Charts Company said, and bumps Dua Lipa's New Rules off the top spot.

Taylor Swiftly breaks four YouTube and Spotify records

In just four days, the star has broken four major streaming records, beating the likes of Adele and Ed Sheeran.

Look What You Made Me Do was played a total of 10,129,087 times on Spotify last Friday, the day of its release, more than any other song has achieved in a single day.

The video also broke YouTube's one-day streaming record.

Taylor Swift director denies copying Beyonce

Look at What You Made Me Do is the first single from the singer's sixth studio album, Reputation.

It came after a week-long social media blackout where she removed all her previous posts declaring that the old Taylor is "dead".

But it's a short clip from a preview Taylor tweeted that's caused controversy.

At around 12 seconds in, the artist "formerly known as old Taylor", is seen in military attire standing in formation.

The similarities led music video director Joseph Kahn to tweet...

But some fans didn't take too kindly to those comments.

Taylor Swift's social media 'black-out'

Fans noticed on Friday that past posts from the singer's Instagram and Twitter accounts had been removed, and her profile pictures gone.

The move has started speculation among fans that new music is imminent from the artist, who last released an album in 2014.

But other people are saying that her accounts have been compromised by hackers.

It's not yet clear exactly what has happened, but there are still some older posts on Taylor Swift's Twitter and Facebook pages - but nothing after 2015.

Advocates: Taylor Swift's trial sends a powerful message to young fans

And while the case continues, experts hope the impact of seeing a celebrity as prominent as Swift speak up about her own alleged sexual assault will send a message of courage to her fans.

"This is one of those examples where we really could be looking at culture change for young people, if we really talk about the impact of what she's doing," Monika Johnson-Hostler, president of National Alliance to End Sexual Violence told CNN.

Fans are not loving court sketches of Taylor Swift

Courtroom sketches of the superstar singer are being derided on social media for not quite capturing her famous visage.

Tweets about the renderings of Swift have provided levity for some in an otherwise serious case of alleged sexual assault.

Swift has accused former Denver radio DJ David Mueller of inappropriately touching her at a backstage meet-and-greet at one of her concerts in June 2013.

Photographers are not being allowed in the courtroom, so a courtroom sketch artist has been providing visual documentation.