Grammys Nominations: The Biggest Snubs and Surprises

Every year, in the hours after the nominees for the Grammy Awards are announced, howls of outrage can be heard across the globe. “He/She was/They were robbed!” “Who is he/she/they?” “This is BS!” The ranks of the disgruntled are endless. While the winn…

Every year, in the hours after the nominees for the Grammy Awards are announced, howls of outrage can be heard across the globe. “He/She was/They were robbed!” “Who is he/she/they?” “This is BS!” The ranks of the disgruntled are endless. While the winners are a whole other conversation, it’s fair to say that the Grammys’ […]

Grammy Nominations Give Women the Votes – Except for Those Beyoncé and Taylor Swift Snubs

The 1976 disco song “More, More, More” wasn’t eligible for this year’s Grammy Awards, but it might as well have been the Recording Academy’s theme song when nominations were announced on Friday morning.

There were more nominees in the Record of the Year, Album of the Year and Song of the Year categories. More Best New Artist contenders. More women in the top categories.

And even more high-profile snubs, with longtime Grammy favorites Taylor Swift and Beyoncé passed over in the categories where they once reigned supreme.

These are the freshly supersized Grammys, with eight nominees instead of five in the four general categories that are the show’s centerpieces. And on the heels of a push for diversity and inclusion that sprang out of last year’s perception that the Grammys were shortchanging female artists, women were featured artists on five of the eight Record of the Year, Album of the Year and Song of the Year nominees.

Also Read: 2019 Grammy Nominations: Kendrick Lamar, Drake and Brandi Carlile Lead as Major Categories Expand

And in the Best New Artist category, also expanded to eight, one man (Luke Combs) and one male group (Greta Van Fleet) were nominated alongside female duo Chloe x Halle and five solo women artists: H.E.R., Dua Lipa, Margo Price, Bebe Rexha and Jorja Smith.

Last year, when the Grammys were lauded for finally recognizing that hip-hop is at the center of popular music, they were also slammed for not featuring a single Record of the Year nominee fronted by a woman and letting only Lorde into the lineup of Album of the Year nominees. Academy president Neil Portnow made matters worse in the aftermath of the #GrammysSoMale backlash when he said that women in the music industry needed to “step up.”

So in May, the academy launched a task force to improve diversity and inclusion, and over the rest of the year it pushed to put more women on its governance committees and on the nomination review committees that oversee its categories. The result made the review committee 51 percent male and 48 percent people of color — and together with what was a very good year for female artists, it resulted in marquee categories filled with the likes of Cardi B, Brandi Carlile, Lady Gaga, Kacey Musgraves and Maren Morris.

Also Read: Eminem Scores Grammy Nomination for Song Where He Sings ‘I Sold My Soul’ for Grammys

Of course, the supersized categories contained plenty of room for Kendrick Lamar, who led all artists with eight nominations, most for “All the Stars” from his “Black Panther” soundtrack. And for Drake, nominated in all three of the top categories, and Childish Gambino, whose “This Is America” was nominated for Record and Song of the Year.

Who was missing? Well, that’s when the Grammys’ embrace of female artists gets interesting. Two-time Album of the Year winner Taylor Swift was eligible for “Reputation,” but she was shut out of the top categories and had to settle for a single nomination, for Best Pop Vocal Album.

And Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s “Everything Is Love” didn’t even get a token nomination, being shut out completely 10 months after they sat in the front row at the Grammys with their daughter, Blue Ivy.

They weren’t the only favorites who were bypassed by voters: Ed Sheeran and Beyoncé’s “Perfect” didn’t get an expected Record of the Year nomination, and neither did Maroon 5’s collaboration with Cardi B, “Girls Like You.”

Also Read: Grammy Nominations Bumped Back This Week Due to George HW Bush Memorial

In the Album of the Year voting, Post Malone, Carlile and “Black Panther” outperformed expectations, while Ariana Grande, Chris Stapleton and Sam Smith fell short. In the Best New Artist category, Chloe x Halle and Jorja Smith took slots that seemed likelier to be earmarked for, say, Troye Sivan and Ella Mai.

But that’s the Grammys for you: With more than 21,000 entries competing for spots in the 84 categories, every corner of the music world is bound to feel embraced at times and snubbed at other times.

And Friday’s beefed-up nominations did both of those things as the 13,000 Grammy voters tried to wrap their arms around the world and found that those arms don’t quite stretch far enough.

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The 1976 disco song “More, More, More” wasn’t eligible for this year’s Grammy Awards, but it might as well have been the Recording Academy’s theme song when nominations were announced on Friday morning.

There were more nominees in the Record of the Year, Album of the Year and Song of the Year categories. More Best New Artist contenders. More women in the top categories.

And even more high-profile snubs, with longtime Grammy favorites Taylor Swift and Beyoncé passed over in the categories where they once reigned supreme.

These are the freshly supersized Grammys, with eight nominees instead of five in the four general categories that are the show’s centerpieces. And on the heels of a push for diversity and inclusion that sprang out of last year’s perception that the Grammys were shortchanging female artists, women were featured artists on five of the eight Record of the Year, Album of the Year and Song of the Year nominees.

And in the Best New Artist category, also expanded to eight, one man (Luke Combs) and one male group (Greta Van Fleet) were nominated alongside female duo Chloe x Halle and five solo women artists: H.E.R., Dua Lipa, Margo Price, Bebe Rexha and Jorja Smith.

Last year, when the Grammys were lauded for finally recognizing that hip-hop is at the center of popular music, they were also slammed for not featuring a single Record of the Year nominee fronted by a woman and letting only Lorde into the lineup of Album of the Year nominees. Academy president Neil Portnow made matters worse in the aftermath of the #GrammysSoMale backlash when he said that women in the music industry needed to “step up.”

So in May, the academy launched a task force to improve diversity and inclusion, and over the rest of the year it pushed to put more women on its governance committees and on the nomination review committees that oversee its categories. The result made the review committee 51 percent male and 48 percent people of color — and together with what was a very good year for female artists, it resulted in marquee categories filled with the likes of Cardi B, Brandi Carlile, Lady Gaga, Kacey Musgraves and Maren Morris.

Of course, the supersized categories contained plenty of room for Kendrick Lamar, who led all artists with eight nominations, most for “All the Stars” from his “Black Panther” soundtrack. And for Drake, nominated in all three of the top categories, and Childish Gambino, whose “This Is America” was nominated for Record and Song of the Year.

Who was missing? Well, that’s when the Grammys’ embrace of female artists gets interesting. Two-time Album of the Year winner Taylor Swift was eligible for “Reputation,” but she was shut out of the top categories and had to settle for a single nomination, for Best Pop Vocal Album.

And Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s “Everything Is Love” didn’t even get a token nomination, being shut out completely 10 months after they sat in the front row at the Grammys with their daughter, Blue Ivy.

They weren’t the only favorites who were bypassed by voters: Ed Sheeran and Beyoncé’s “Perfect” didn’t get an expected Record of the Year nomination, and neither did Maroon 5’s collaboration with Cardi B, “Girls Like You.”

In the Album of the Year voting, Post Malone, Carlile and “Black Panther” outperformed expectations, while Ariana Grande, Chris Stapleton and Sam Smith fell short. In the Best New Artist category, Chloe x Halle and Jorja Smith took slots that seemed likelier to be earmarked for, say, Troye Sivan and Ella Mai.

But that’s the Grammys for you: With more than 21,000 entries competing for spots in the 84 categories, every corner of the music world is bound to feel embraced at times and snubbed at other times.

And Friday’s beefed-up nominations did both of those things as the 13,000 Grammy voters tried to wrap their arms around the world and found that those arms don’t quite stretch far enough.

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Promoter Louis Messina Set for Lifetime Achievement Honor at CMA Touring Awards

One of the nation’s top concert promoters, Louis Messina, will be honored with the CMA Touring Lifetime Achievement Award on Jan. 28, at a CMA Touring Awards ceremony to be held at Nashville’s Marathon Music Works. In making the announcemen…

One of the nation’s top concert promoters, Louis Messina, will be honored with the CMA Touring Lifetime Achievement Award on Jan. 28, at a CMA Touring Awards ceremony to be held at Nashville’s Marathon Music Works. In making the announcement Thursday, the Country Music Association revealed that the CEO of the Messina Touring Group had received […]

Taylor Swift Makes Surprise Performance, Lana Del Rey Debuts New Songs at Ally Coalition Concert (Watch)

The Ally Coalition, founded by Bleachers frontman/producer-to-the-stars Jack Antonoff and his sister Rachel, is a not-for-profit organization that, according to its mission statement, aims to “end discrimination against LGBTQ people by highlighting sys…

The Ally Coalition, founded by Bleachers frontman/producer-to-the-stars Jack Antonoff and his sister Rachel, is a not-for-profit organization that, according to its mission statement, aims to “end discrimination against LGBTQ people by highlighting systemic inequality and LGBTQ-serving organizations and creating opportunities for fans and entertainers to advocate for equality.” Its annual benefit concert, held at New York’s historic […]

Republic Records Named Variety’s Hitmakers Label of the Year

Republic Records chairman/CEO Monte Lipman takes the news that his company has been named Variety’s Hitmakers Label of the Year for the second time with all the humility, reserve and diffidence that we’ve come to expect out of one of the industry’s ind…

Republic Records chairman/CEO Monte Lipman takes the news that his company has been named Variety’s Hitmakers Label of the Year for the second time with all the humility, reserve and diffidence that we’ve come to expect out of one of the industry’s indisputable visionaries. “I am going to get so f–king hammered,” he jokes about […]

Taylor Swift Really Wants You to See ‘The Favourite’

It may or may not be because her boyfriend, Joe Alwyn, is in it.

If our glowing review of “The Favourite” wasn’t enough to get you to the theater, perhaps this will be: Taylor Swift really wants you to see Yorgos Lanthimos’ “absolutely phenomenal” film, which happens to star her boyfriend. Joe Alwyn — who made a name for himself as the title character in “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” and also appears in “Boy Erased” and “Mary Queen of Scots” — plays Masham in the film.

“The Favourite is absolutely phenomenal, and it opens in NY and LA tomorrow,” Swift wrote to her 113 million Instagram followers on Thursday; anyone who saw “Dogtooth” in 2010 and could imagine the “Mine” singer endorsing the Greek auteur eight years later deserves a prize. “The Favourite” is Lanthimos’ third English-language project after “The Lobster” (for which he earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay) and “The Killing of a Sacred Deer,” both of which starred Colin Farrell.

Read More: ‘Roma’ and ‘The Favourite’ Open to Oscar-Contender Box Office

The film opened to $420,000 in just four theaters this weekend, an impressive $105,000 per-theater average that bodes well for its prospects as it expands.

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Taylor Swift’s new record deal includes a fiery anti-Spotify clause 

If there’s one thing Taylor Swift hates more than the bad girl who was cheer captain while she was on the bleachers, it’s Spotify. She spent years crusading against music streaming sites before finally granting Apple Music the rights to 1989, and then …

If there’s one thing Taylor Swift hates more than the bad girl who was cheer captain while she was on the bleachers, it’s Spotify. She spent years crusading against music streaming sites before finally granting Apple Music the rights to 1989, and then she finally gave up the rest of her catalog to both Apple and…

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Taylor Swift Signs Global Record Deal With Universal Music Group

Taylor Swift has signed a global multi-album recording deal with Universal Music Group. UMG’s Republic Records will be her label in the U.S.

Swift was formerly with Big Machine Records, which had a “long-term strategic alliance” with Republic, in Universal’s words. That’s how she — and we — got here.

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The 10-time Grammy winner was the youngest-ever recipient of the Grammy for Album of the Year. Also the first female solo artist to win that specific award twice, Swift is the only artist in history with four albums with sales of more than one million copies in their first week of release — 2010’s “Speak Now,’ 2012’s “RED,” 2014’s “1989” and 2017’s “reputation” — respectively.

Also Read: Laura Ingraham Mocks Taylor Swift After Republican Triumph in Tennessee: ‘Haters Gonna Hate’

“Few artists in history approach Taylor Swift’s combination of massive global hits and creative brilliance. She is so multi-talented, she can achieve anything,” UMG Chairman and CEO Lucian Grainge said in the Monday announcement to media. “I have such enormous respect for Taylor, in particular for her use of her hard-earned influence to promote positive change. Because of her commitment to her fellow artists, not only did she want to partner with a company that understood her creative vision and had the resources and expertise to execute globally on her behalf, she also sought a partner whose approach to artists was aligned with hers. With these shared beliefs, there is so much we can accomplish together, and all of us at UMG are enormously proud to be embarking on the next chapter of her career alongside her.”

“Taylor has not only captured the imagination of an entire generation, but has also redefined the paradigm of the modern music industry. Her commitment to songwriting and performing has earned her the respect of her peers and millions of adoring fans around the world,” Republic Records founder and CEO Monte Lipman added. “I can only imagine what Taylor is capable of achieving in the years to come, both culturally and creatively. I’m beyond thrilled to create an alliance with Republic Records and the incomparable Taylor Swift.”

When Swift was signed to Big Machine, she was distributed internationally through Virgin EMI. Shake it off, you guys.

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Taylor Swift has signed a global multi-album recording deal with Universal Music Group. UMG’s Republic Records will be her label in the U.S.

Swift was formerly with Big Machine Records, which had a “long-term strategic alliance” with Republic, in Universal’s words. That’s how she — and we — got here.

View this post on Instagram

My new home ????

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The 10-time Grammy winner was the youngest-ever recipient of the Grammy for Album of the Year. Also the first female solo artist to win that specific award twice, Swift is the only artist in history with four albums with sales of more than one million copies in their first week of release — 2010’s “Speak Now,’ 2012’s “RED,” 2014’s “1989” and 2017’s “reputation” — respectively.

“Few artists in history approach Taylor Swift’s combination of massive global hits and creative brilliance. She is so multi-talented, she can achieve anything,” UMG Chairman and CEO Lucian Grainge said in the Monday announcement to media. “I have such enormous respect for Taylor, in particular for her use of her hard-earned influence to promote positive change. Because of her commitment to her fellow artists, not only did she want to partner with a company that understood her creative vision and had the resources and expertise to execute globally on her behalf, she also sought a partner whose approach to artists was aligned with hers. With these shared beliefs, there is so much we can accomplish together, and all of us at UMG are enormously proud to be embarking on the next chapter of her career alongside her.”

“Taylor has not only captured the imagination of an entire generation, but has also redefined the paradigm of the modern music industry. Her commitment to songwriting and performing has earned her the respect of her peers and millions of adoring fans around the world,” Republic Records founder and CEO Monte Lipman added. “I can only imagine what Taylor is capable of achieving in the years to come, both culturally and creatively. I’m beyond thrilled to create an alliance with Republic Records and the incomparable Taylor Swift.”

When Swift was signed to Big Machine, she was distributed internationally through Virgin EMI. Shake it off, you guys.

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Laura Ingraham Mocks Taylor Swift After Republican Triumph in Tennessee: ‘Haters Gonna Hate’

Fox News host Laura Ingraham offered a trollish tweet to Taylor Swift on Tuesday evening, mocking the musician over her supported of Tennessee Senate candidate Phil Bredesen, who came up short in his race against Republican Marsha Blackburn.

“Hey @taylorswift13, haters gonna hate,” she said adding a “#shakeitoff” hashtag — a reference to a hit song by Swift. Despite Republicans loosing control of the House of Representatives, Ingraham also used the evening to take shots at other celebrities including Oprah and Will Ferrell, who she lumped among the night’s “biggest losers.”

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Hey @taylorswift13, haters gonna hate. #shakeitoff

— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) November 7, 2018

Tonight’s Biggest Losers: @Oprah, @obama, Will Ferrell, @TomSteyer, @MikeBloomberg. #Senate #Pelosi #SCOTUS

— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) November 7, 2018

Swift — one of entertainment’s most famously apolitical celebrities — broke her silence in 2018, urging fans in a lengthy Instagram post to back Bredesen.

“As much as I have in the past and would like to continue voting for women in office, I cannot support Marsha Blackburn. Her voting record in Congress appalls and terrifies me,” said Swift. “I will be voting for Phil Bredesen for Senate and Jim Cooper for House of Representatives. Please, please educate yourself on the candidates running in your state and vote based on who most closely represents your values.”

In her post, Swift cited Blackburn’s vote against the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, her opposition to same-sex marriage and other issues as the reason for her decision.

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I’m writing this post about the upcoming midterm elections on November 6th, in which I’ll be voting in the state of Tennessee. In the past I’ve been reluctant to publicly voice my political opinions, but due to several events in my life and in the world in the past two years, I feel very differently about that now. I always have and always will cast my vote based on which candidate will protect and fight for the human rights I believe we all deserve in this country. I believe in the fight for LGBTQ rights, and that any form of discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender is WRONG. I believe that the systemic racism we still see in this country towards people of color is terrifying, sickening and prevalent. I cannot vote for someone who will not be willing to fight for dignity for ALL Americans, no matter their skin color, gender or who they love. Running for Senate in the state of Tennessee is a woman named Marsha Blackburn. As much as I have in the past and would like to continue voting for women in office, I cannot support Marsha Blackburn. Her voting record in Congress appalls and terrifies me. She voted against equal pay for women. She voted against the Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, which attempts to protect women from domestic violence, stalking, and date rape. She believes businesses have a right to refuse service to gay couples. She also believes they should not have the right to marry. These are not MY Tennessee values. I will be voting for Phil Bredesen for Senate and Jim Cooper for House of Representatives. Please, please educate yourself on the candidates running in your state and vote based on who most closely represents your values. For a lot of us, we may never find a candidate or party with whom we agree 100% on every issue, but we have to vote anyway. So many intelligent, thoughtful, self-possessed people have turned 18 in the past two years and now have the right and privilege to make their vote count. But first you need to register, which is quick and easy to do. October 9th is the LAST DAY to register to vote in the state of TN. Go to vote.org and you can find all the info. Happy Voting! ????????????

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Though the Democratic house takeover was unquestionably the night’s biggest story, many of the most high profile, celebrity-backed races went against Democrats Tuesday evening. Hollywood favorite Beto O’Rourke was defeated by Sen. Ted Cruz, losing by more than 200,000 votes. While Georgia’s Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams appears to have lost her race to Secretary of State Brian Kemp.

Another Democrat, Andrew Gillum came up short in his race for governor of Florida to the staunchly pro-Trump Ron DeSantis. The loss raises grave questions about the ability of Democrats to take the state in the coming 2020 presidential matchup.

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Fox News host Laura Ingraham offered a trollish tweet to Taylor Swift on Tuesday evening, mocking the musician over her supported of Tennessee Senate candidate Phil Bredesen, who came up short in his race against Republican Marsha Blackburn.

“Hey @taylorswift13, haters gonna hate,” she said adding a “#shakeitoff” hashtag — a reference to a hit song by Swift. Despite Republicans loosing control of the House of Representatives, Ingraham also used the evening to take shots at other celebrities including Oprah and Will Ferrell, who she lumped among the night’s “biggest losers.”

Swift — one of entertainment’s most famously apolitical celebrities — broke her silence in 2018, urging fans in a lengthy Instagram post to back Bredesen.

“As much as I have in the past and would like to continue voting for women in office, I cannot support Marsha Blackburn. Her voting record in Congress appalls and terrifies me,” said Swift. “I will be voting for Phil Bredesen for Senate and Jim Cooper for House of Representatives. Please, please educate yourself on the candidates running in your state and vote based on who most closely represents your values.”

In her post, Swift cited Blackburn’s vote against the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, her opposition to same-sex marriage and other issues as the reason for her decision.

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I’m writing this post about the upcoming midterm elections on November 6th, in which I’ll be voting in the state of Tennessee. In the past I’ve been reluctant to publicly voice my political opinions, but due to several events in my life and in the world in the past two years, I feel very differently about that now. I always have and always will cast my vote based on which candidate will protect and fight for the human rights I believe we all deserve in this country. I believe in the fight for LGBTQ rights, and that any form of discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender is WRONG. I believe that the systemic racism we still see in this country towards people of color is terrifying, sickening and prevalent. I cannot vote for someone who will not be willing to fight for dignity for ALL Americans, no matter their skin color, gender or who they love. Running for Senate in the state of Tennessee is a woman named Marsha Blackburn. As much as I have in the past and would like to continue voting for women in office, I cannot support Marsha Blackburn. Her voting record in Congress appalls and terrifies me. She voted against equal pay for women. She voted against the Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, which attempts to protect women from domestic violence, stalking, and date rape. She believes businesses have a right to refuse service to gay couples. She also believes they should not have the right to marry. These are not MY Tennessee values. I will be voting for Phil Bredesen for Senate and Jim Cooper for House of Representatives. Please, please educate yourself on the candidates running in your state and vote based on who most closely represents your values. For a lot of us, we may never find a candidate or party with whom we agree 100% on every issue, but we have to vote anyway. So many intelligent, thoughtful, self-possessed people have turned 18 in the past two years and now have the right and privilege to make their vote count. But first you need to register, which is quick and easy to do. October 9th is the LAST DAY to register to vote in the state of TN. Go to vote.org and you can find all the info. Happy Voting! ????????????

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Though the Democratic house takeover was unquestionably the night’s biggest story, many of the most high profile, celebrity-backed races went against Democrats Tuesday evening. Hollywood favorite Beto O’Rourke was defeated by Sen. Ted Cruz, losing by more than 200,000 votes. While Georgia’s Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams appears to have lost her race to Secretary of State Brian Kemp.

Another Democrat, Andrew Gillum came up short in his race for governor of Florida to the staunchly pro-Trump Ron DeSantis. The loss raises grave questions about the ability of Democrats to take the state in the coming 2020 presidential matchup.

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17 Stars Who Flexed Their Right to Vote in the Midterm Elections, From Taylor Swift to Justin Timberlake

Show-business notables including Jeff Goldblum and Mindy Kaling took time out from their entertainment duties on Tuesday to cast their votes in the midterm elections, and to encourage others to do the same.

From tweets boasting poll selfies to the classic “I Voted” sticker pose, these stars have shared their voting status and their reasons to vote.

Posing in a suave black leather jacket and hat, actor Jeff Goldblum proudly wore his “I Voted” sticker on Instagram. In his post caption, Goldblum included an inspirational quote from the fictional President Thomas J. Whitmore from the 1996 film “Independence Day.”

Though “Sex and the City” star Cynthia Nixon lost to fellow Democrat Andrew Cuomo for the New York gubernatorial race in the November primaries, she still voted “because the patriarchy isn’t going to dismantle itself.”

#IVoted because the patriarchy isn’t going to dismantle itself pic.twitter.com/A7e6sdurwC

— Cynthia Nixon (@CynthiaNixon) November 6, 2018

In a short Twitter video, Zendaya showed off her sticker, asking followers if they’ve also fulfilled their civic duty.

I voted, you? pic.twitter.com/ZBPIBytYyx

— Zendaya (@Zendaya) November 5, 2018

Comedian John Mulaney, known for stand-up specials like “The Comeback Kid,” stood alongside his wife Annamarie Tendler in an Instagram post showing off their “I Voted” stickers.

Also Read: Taylor Swift Gets Political Again, Urges Fans to Vote in the Midterms During AMA Speech

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We voted! And we agreed on this photo!

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Reese Witherspoon proudly sported her “I Voted” sticker.

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I Voted! ???????? How about you?!

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“Jack Ryan” star John Krasinski and Emily Blunt shared a quick picture of their absentee ballots on Instagram with the simple caption, “#Vote.”

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Seth Meyers Instagrammed this post-voting pic with his wife and son. Though his son though they were going to a “boat” instead of vote, the family was all smiles.

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Kerry Washington shared on Instagram a message saying voting felt “soooooo good.”

Amy Poehler sported her “I Voted” sticker in an in-your-face fashion for this round of elections.

“I just voted. Get out there New York, vote today!” – #AmyPoehler#ElectionDay #GoVote #IVoted #VoteToday #MidtermElections2018 pic.twitter.com/sJbyoR6MWg

— AmyPoehlerSmartGirls (@smrtgrls) November 6, 2018

Justin Timberlake threw up deuces with his absentee mail ballot.

Taylor Swift, once politically elusive, also shared a message on her Instagram story: “I promise it feels so wonderful to exercise that right that you have.”

Voting is still voting even if it’s two days before election day. Camila Cabello boasted not one, but TWO “I Voted” stickers after voting early.

Also Read: How to Stream NBC News and MSNBC’s Midterm Election Night Results Coverage Live

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I JUST VOTED IN MY STATE OF FLORIDA!!!!!!!! ELECTION DAY IS NOVEMBER 6 AND EARLY VOTING GOES TO NOVEMBER 4. GO TO VOTE.ORG TO FIND YOUR NEAREST POLLING PLACE, THIS WEBSITE’S INFORMATION IS SO CLEAR AND EASY TO UNDERSTAND. I AM SORRY FOR THE CAPITALS, I JUST FEEL REALLY EXCITED THAT I JUST VOTED BECAUSE I FEEL LIKE IM TAKING MY FRUSTRATION AT THE INJUSTICES THAT HAPPEN IN OUR COUNTRY AND TURNING IT INTO ACTION!!! EVERY SINGLE ONE OF US CAN TURN THOSE FEELINGS INTO ACTION WHEN WE SHOW UP TO VOTE. ONE VOTE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE. WE CAN CONTRIBUTE AND HELP WRITE THE STORY OF OUR COUNTRY JUST BY TAKING A FEW MINUTES OUT OF OUR DAY TO VOTE!!! ALSO ITS MY GRANDMAS FIRST TIME VOTING IN THE UNITED STATES AND SHE DID HER RESEARCH AND PREPARED HERSELF AND WE ARE ALL FEELING SO GOOD !!! LETS. GOOOO. LETS VOTE! VOTE.ORG.

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W. Kamau Bell posed with his official vote-by-mail ballot.

Hold onto your butts! #IVoted #ElectionDay pic.twitter.com/JOSVJ1dv5q

— W. Kamau Bell (@wkamaubell) November 6, 2018

Even an ocean away from her New York home, Madonna managed to vote in the midterms.

Just Do It! ???????????? ! I Just Did From Across the Ocean!! ???? People Do your part!! We Got This!! ???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? #vote pic.twitter.com/fMcwL342Iw

— Madonna (@Madonna) November 6, 2018

Mindy Kaling thanked the 14th and 19th Amendments for giving her the chance to vote.

Musician Conor Oberst posed in front of the polls in a Tuesday Tweet. “Hope lives,” added Oberst to his Tweet.

Please go vote! Preferably against all Trump allies complicit in his Racist, Misogynist, Xenophobic, Homophobic, Transphobic and all around fear based agenda. Hope lives! ???????? ???? ???? pic.twitter.com/vzCm6laAKO

— Conor Oberst (@conoroberst) November 6, 2018

And for those of you who are still questioning whether your vote truly matters, Jennifer Garner had a message for you.

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Every #vote counts. ????????

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Show-business notables including Jeff Goldblum and Mindy Kaling took time out from their entertainment duties on Tuesday to cast their votes in the midterm elections, and to encourage others to do the same.

From tweets boasting poll selfies to the classic “I Voted” sticker pose, these stars have shared their voting status and their reasons to vote.

Posing in a suave black leather jacket and hat, actor Jeff Goldblum proudly wore his “I Voted” sticker on Instagram. In his post caption, Goldblum included an inspirational quote from the fictional President Thomas J. Whitmore from the 1996 film “Independence Day.”

Though “Sex and the City” star Cynthia Nixon lost to fellow Democrat Andrew Cuomo for the New York gubernatorial race in the November primaries, she still voted “because the patriarchy isn’t going to dismantle itself.”

In a short Twitter video, Zendaya showed off her sticker, asking followers if they’ve also fulfilled their civic duty.

Comedian John Mulaney, known for stand-up specials like “The Comeback Kid,” stood alongside his wife Annamarie Tendler in an Instagram post showing off their “I Voted” stickers.

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We voted! And we agreed on this photo!

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Reese Witherspoon proudly sported her “I Voted” sticker.

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I Voted! ???????? How about you?!

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“Jack Ryan” star John Krasinski and Emily Blunt shared a quick picture of their absentee ballots on Instagram with the simple caption, “#Vote.”

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Seth Meyers Instagrammed this post-voting pic with his wife and son. Though his son though they were going to a “boat” instead of vote, the family was all smiles.

Kerry Washington shared on Instagram a message saying voting felt “soooooo good.”

Amy Poehler sported her “I Voted” sticker in an in-your-face fashion for this round of elections.

Justin Timberlake threw up deuces with his absentee mail ballot.

Taylor Swift, once politically elusive, also shared a message on her Instagram story: “I promise it feels so wonderful to exercise that right that you have.”

Voting is still voting even if it’s two days before election day. Camila Cabello boasted not one, but TWO “I Voted” stickers after voting early.

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I JUST VOTED IN MY STATE OF FLORIDA!!!!!!!! ELECTION DAY IS NOVEMBER 6 AND EARLY VOTING GOES TO NOVEMBER 4. GO TO VOTE.ORG TO FIND YOUR NEAREST POLLING PLACE, THIS WEBSITE’S INFORMATION IS SO CLEAR AND EASY TO UNDERSTAND. I AM SORRY FOR THE CAPITALS, I JUST FEEL REALLY EXCITED THAT I JUST VOTED BECAUSE I FEEL LIKE IM TAKING MY FRUSTRATION AT THE INJUSTICES THAT HAPPEN IN OUR COUNTRY AND TURNING IT INTO ACTION!!! EVERY SINGLE ONE OF US CAN TURN THOSE FEELINGS INTO ACTION WHEN WE SHOW UP TO VOTE. ONE VOTE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE. WE CAN CONTRIBUTE AND HELP WRITE THE STORY OF OUR COUNTRY JUST BY TAKING A FEW MINUTES OUT OF OUR DAY TO VOTE!!! ALSO ITS MY GRANDMAS FIRST TIME VOTING IN THE UNITED STATES AND SHE DID HER RESEARCH AND PREPARED HERSELF AND WE ARE ALL FEELING SO GOOD !!! LETS. GOOOO. LETS VOTE! VOTE.ORG.

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W. Kamau Bell posed with his official vote-by-mail ballot.

Even an ocean away from her New York home, Madonna managed to vote in the midterms.

Mindy Kaling thanked the 14th and 19th Amendments for giving her the chance to vote.

Musician Conor Oberst posed in front of the polls in a Tuesday Tweet. “Hope lives,” added Oberst to his Tweet.

And for those of you who are still questioning whether your vote truly matters, Jennifer Garner had a message for you.

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Every #vote counts. ????????

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Taylor Swift Encourages Fans to Vote Against ‘Fear-Based Extremism’ After Casting Ballot for Tennessee Democrat

Taylor Swift’s political streak has continued with yet another Instagram post encouraging her fans to vote for Democrats in the upcoming midterm election.
“These two Tennessee women voted for the candidate who has proven himself to be reaso…

Taylor Swift’s political streak has continued with yet another Instagram post encouraging her fans to vote for Democrats in the upcoming midterm election.

“These two Tennessee women voted for the candidate who has proven himself to be reasonable and trustworthy,” Swift wrote in a post accompanying a photo of herself and her mother posing with a sign for Tennesse Democrat Phil Bredesen. “We want leadership, not fear-based extremism. Early voting goes til Thursday and Election Day is November 6. Please don’t sit this one out.”

Swift broke her long-standing political silence earlier this month in a lengthy post declaring her support for Democratic political candidates and encouraging her followers to become more politically active.

“Please, please educate yourself on the candidates running in your state and vote based on who most closely represents your values,” she wrote. “For a lot of us, we may never find a candidate or party with whom we agree 100% on every issue, but we have to vote anyway.”

According to the nonprofit Vote.org, voter registration across the country spiked by 65,000 people in the 24-hour period following Swift’s post.

“I always have and always will cast my vote based on which candidate will protect and fight for the human rights I believe we all deserve in this country,” Swift said. “I believe in the fight for LGBTQ rights, and that any form of discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender is WRONG.”

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Taylor Swift and Her Patriotic Toenails Urge You to Vote Early (Photo)

Looks like Taylor Swift is diving feet-first into the democratic process.

After recently breaking her silence on her political views, “Shake it Off” singer Swift took to Instagram on Wednesday, to urge her 112 million followers to look into early voting.

Swift punctuated her message with a photo of (presumably hers) toenails, painted red, white and blue.

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“Something I wish I knew about when I was 18 and voting for the first time: EARLY VOTING,” Swift wrote. “It makes it so quick and easy to go and cast your vote before November 6.”

“Early voting starts TODAY in Tennessee,” Swift added. “You can check out your state’s early voting dates at the link in my bio.”

Swift, who traditionally has not been vocal about her political beliefs, took to Twitter earlier this month to make her views known.

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“I believe in the fight for LGBTQ rights, and that any form of discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender is WRONG,” she wrote. “I believe that the systemic racism we still see in this country towards people of color is terrifying, sickening and prevalent.”

Swift said that although she would like to continue supporting female politicians, she cannot support the re-election of Republican U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn. She said Blackburn’s voting record “appalls and terrifies” her.

“She voted against the Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, which attempts to protect women from domestic violence, stalking, and date rape. She believes businesses have a right to refuse service to gay couples. She also believes they should not have the right to marry. These are not MY Tennessee values,” Swift wrote.

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Instead, Swift said she will vote for Democrats Phil Bredesen for U.S. Senate and Jim Cooper for the U.S. House of Representatives.

The singer followed up by urging her fans to vote while accepting Artist of the Year honors at this year’s American Music Awards.

See Swift’s latest message below.

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Looks like Taylor Swift is diving feet-first into the democratic process.

After recently breaking her silence on her political views, “Shake it Off” singer Swift took to Instagram on Wednesday, to urge her 112 million followers to look into early voting.

Swift punctuated her message with a photo of (presumably hers) toenails, painted red, white and blue.

“Something I wish I knew about when I was 18 and voting for the first time: EARLY VOTING,” Swift wrote. “It makes it so quick and easy to go and cast your vote before November 6.”

“Early voting starts TODAY in Tennessee,” Swift added. “You can check out your state’s early voting dates at the link in my bio.”

Swift, who traditionally has not been vocal about her political beliefs, took to Twitter earlier this month to make her views known.

“I believe in the fight for LGBTQ rights, and that any form of discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender is WRONG,” she wrote. “I believe that the systemic racism we still see in this country towards people of color is terrifying, sickening and prevalent.”

Swift said that although she would like to continue supporting female politicians, she cannot support the re-election of Republican U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn. She said Blackburn’s voting record “appalls and terrifies” her.

“She voted against the Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, which attempts to protect women from domestic violence, stalking, and date rape. She believes businesses have a right to refuse service to gay couples. She also believes they should not have the right to marry. These are not MY Tennessee values,” Swift wrote.

Instead, Swift said she will vote for Democrats Phil Bredesen for U.S. Senate and Jim Cooper for the U.S. House of Representatives.

The singer followed up by urging her fans to vote while accepting Artist of the Year honors at this year’s American Music Awards.

See Swift’s latest message below.

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Idris Elba joins Taylor Swift in the Cats movie

The surprisingly good cast of Tom Hooper’s adaptation of Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats is about to get even more surprisingly good, because Variety is reporting that Idris Elba is “in final negotiations” to join what will surely be a big, weird music…

The surprisingly good cast of Tom Hooper’s adaptation of Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats is about to get even more surprisingly good, because Variety is reporting that Idris Elba is “in final negotiations” to join what will surely be a big, weird musical. The film version of the iconic Broadway show already has Ian…

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Idris Elba to Join Jennifer Hudson, Taylor Swift in Universal’s ‘Cats’ Adaptation

Idris Elba is in final talks to join Jennifer Hudson, Taylor Swift and James Corden in Universal’s adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hit musical “Cats,” an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

Ian McKellen, Laurie Davidson, and Mette Towley also star. Elba is set to play the villain Macavity. The film adaptation will be based on “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats” by T.S. Eliot.

Tom Hooper (“The King’s Speech”) will direct, and Hooper adapted the story for the screen alongside Lee Hall (“Billy Elliott”).  Hooper and Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner are producing, as well as Debra Hayward. “Cats” will be produced by Working Title Films in associated with Monumental Pictures and The Really Useful Group. Steven Spielberg, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Angela Morrison are executive producing.

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“Cats” has been one of the longest-running musicals in West End and Broadway history since its premiere at the New London Theatre in 1981. It was the winner of the Olivier and Evening Standard Awards for Best Musical, and in 1983, it received seven Tony Awards including Best Musical.

Elba is currently shooting “Hobbs & Shaw” alongside Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham, and will next be seen in the Netflix comedy series “Turn Up Charlie,” which he also co-created and executive produced. He will also star in the fifth season of the BBC series “Luther.”

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Elba is presented by WME, The Artists Partnership and Ziffren Brittenham LLP.

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Idris Elba is in final talks to join Jennifer Hudson, Taylor Swift and James Corden in Universal’s adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hit musical “Cats,” an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

Ian McKellen, Laurie Davidson, and Mette Towley also star. Elba is set to play the villain Macavity. The film adaptation will be based on “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats” by T.S. Eliot.

Tom Hooper (“The King’s Speech”) will direct, and Hooper adapted the story for the screen alongside Lee Hall (“Billy Elliott”).  Hooper and Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner are producing, as well as Debra Hayward. “Cats” will be produced by Working Title Films in associated with Monumental Pictures and The Really Useful Group. Steven Spielberg, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Angela Morrison are executive producing.

“Cats” has been one of the longest-running musicals in West End and Broadway history since its premiere at the New London Theatre in 1981. It was the winner of the Olivier and Evening Standard Awards for Best Musical, and in 1983, it received seven Tony Awards including Best Musical.

Elba is currently shooting “Hobbs & Shaw” alongside Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham, and will next be seen in the Netflix comedy series “Turn Up Charlie,” which he also co-created and executive produced. He will also star in the fifth season of the BBC series “Luther.”

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Idris Elba is in final negotiations to join the film adaptation of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical “Cats.” Tom Hooper will direct the star-studded movie, also starring Ian McKellen, Jennifer Hudson, James Corden, and Taylor Swift. This mark…

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50 Cent Taunts Kanye West Over Meeting With ‘Master’ Trump

It appears that 50 Cent might think Kanye West reached new highs — and new lows — in his meeting with President Donald Trump at the White House on Thursday.

“Get Rich or Die Tryin’” rapper 50 Cent took to Instagram on Thursday to share his thoughts on the meeting, posting an image and a few pointed words on the get-together.

The image depicted Trump in a Superman-esque outfit, lifting West skyward in his arms. In the artwork, West is wearing a Make America Great Again cap, as he did during Thursday’s meet-up.

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In the caption accompanying the image, 50 Cent channeled West, writing, “You make me feel like Superman, Obama said l was a [sic] idiot f— these n—as lm wit you Master. Let’s make America great again LOL.”

As readers might recall, then-president Obama derided West as a “jackass” in leaked video from a 2009 interview, after West interrupted Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech at the MTV Video Music Awards.

During Thursday’s meeting with Trump, “The Life of Pablo” rapper West told the president that wearing Trump’s red Make America Great Again hat made him feel like Superman.

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“When I put this hat on, it made me feel like Superman,” said West. “You made a superman cape for me.”

West also touched on subjects from mental health reform, gun violence, black voters, Democrats, trade with China to his desire to repeal the 13th Amendment — which abolished slavery.

“What black and African Americans — we really get caught up in the idea of racism instead of the idea of industry,” said West. “A liberal would try to control a black people through racism because black people are proud emotional people.”

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See 50 Cent’s take on the meeting below.

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It appears that 50 Cent might think Kanye West reached new highs — and new lows — in his meeting with President Donald Trump at the White House on Thursday.

“Get Rich or Die Tryin'” rapper 50 Cent took to Instagram on Thursday to share his thoughts on the meeting, posting an image and a few pointed words on the get-together.

The image depicted Trump in a Superman-esque outfit, lifting West skyward in his arms. In the artwork, West is wearing a Make America Great Again cap, as he did during Thursday’s meet-up.

In the caption accompanying the image, 50 Cent channeled West, writing, “You make me feel like Superman, Obama said l was a [sic] idiot f— these n—as lm wit you Master. Let’s make America great again LOL.”

As readers might recall, then-president Obama derided West as a “jackass” in leaked video from a 2009 interview, after West interrupted Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech at the MTV Video Music Awards.

During Thursday’s meeting with Trump, “The Life of Pablo” rapper West told the president that wearing Trump’s red Make America Great Again hat made him feel like Superman.

“When I put this hat on, it made me feel like Superman,” said West. “You made a superman cape for me.”

West also touched on subjects from mental health reform, gun violence, black voters, Democrats, trade with China to his desire to repeal the 13th Amendment — which abolished slavery.

“What black and African Americans — we really get caught up in the idea of racism instead of the idea of industry,” said West. “A liberal would try to control a black people through racism because black people are proud emotional people.”

See 50 Cent’s take on the meeting below.

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Lena Dunham Says This Guy Was Taylor Swift’s Worst Boyfriend (Video)

Taylor Swift has dated several famous men in the past, but friend Lena Dunham says one guy was the worst of them all.

During her appearance on “Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen,” the actress played a game of Plead the Fifth when she received a question from her former “Girls” costar Andrew Rannells. She was asked to reveal her least favorite of Swift’s boyfriends — while sitting next to Maggie Gyllenhaal, the sister of one of Swift’s ex-boyfriends, Jake Gyllenhaal.

“Choose your gentleman carefully,” Cohen warned.

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“I want to do right by her on this question — and I’m also proud, because I haven’t pled the fifth on any of these and I think that makes me some kind of champion!” Dunham said. “My least favorite was Calvin Harris, because I felt he was petty in the public and who needs to do that?”

A representative for Harris has not yet responded to TheWrap’s request for comment. Swift dated the Scottish DJ from March 2015 to around June 2016.

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In the same interview, Dunham also weighed on Swift’s recent decision to go political, urging her fans to vote in the upcoming midterm elections.

“That was really amazing. I mean, I’m always proud of Taylor,” she said. “Not only is she an amazing friend to me on a personal level, but she’s an amazing friend to lots of people in the world. She felt it was time for her to talk about politics — and I never judged her for considering that a private domain — but I think she chose a really, really powerful time to speak out. I’m so moved and honored to be her friend.”

Watch the video above.

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Taylor Swift has dated several famous men in the past, but friend Lena Dunham says one guy was the worst of them all.

During her appearance on “Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen,” the actress played a game of Plead the Fifth when she received a question from her former “Girls” costar Andrew Rannells. She was asked to reveal her least favorite of Swift’s boyfriends — while sitting next to Maggie Gyllenhaal, the sister of one of Swift’s ex-boyfriends, Jake Gyllenhaal.

“Choose your gentleman carefully,” Cohen warned.

“I want to do right by her on this question — and I’m also proud, because I haven’t pled the fifth on any of these and I think that makes me some kind of champion!” Dunham said. “My least favorite was Calvin Harris, because I felt he was petty in the public and who needs to do that?”

A representative for Harris has not yet responded to TheWrap’s request for comment. Swift dated the Scottish DJ from March 2015 to around June 2016.

In the same interview, Dunham also weighed on Swift’s recent decision to go political, urging her fans to vote in the upcoming midterm elections.

“That was really amazing. I mean, I’m always proud of Taylor,” she said. “Not only is she an amazing friend to me on a personal level, but she’s an amazing friend to lots of people in the world. She felt it was time for her to talk about politics — and I never judged her for considering that a private domain — but I think she chose a really, really powerful time to speak out. I’m so moved and honored to be her friend.”

Watch the video above.

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Why Taylor Swift, Khabib Nurmagomedov and Jodie Whittaker Are TV’s Social Media MVPs of the Week

TheWrap has partnered with Canvs, the emotion measurement AI company, for a weekly look at some of the characters and personalities that have TV viewers the most worked up on social media. The data below covers Oct. 3-9 and is drawn from the most emotionally reacted-to television programs, including broadcast, cable, streaming and PPV.

A pop superstar, a mixed martial artist and the first female Doctor Who had viewers talking passionately on social media over the past seven days.

The 2018 American Music Awards telecast on ABC was the most emotionally reacted-to program of the period measured, sparking 327,014 Emotional Reactions (ERs). Pop superstar Taylor Swift drove a ton of the emotional conversation during the evening. Between her opening performance, record-breaking four wins and reminder to viewers about the importance of voting, the was no shortage of conversation around her.

I’M SOOO GLAD THE REP TOUR WON!! Taylor Swift tours are whole ass amplified (wildest) dreams, made of love, magic, and EPICNESS!!! ????????????????????????????

— ???? Dana LOVES DEMI! ???? (@Danathefangirl2) October 10, 2018

I love Taylor Swift and appreciate her speaking out.

But there is something ironic about the Kavanaugh nomination being the thing that pushed the woman who wrote “Look What You Made Me Do” to that point.

— The Fearless Blogger (@faryl) October 9, 2018

Wow……… Taylor Swift has officially broken a record with the most AMA’S awarded in the history of the AMA Awards!

Congratulations @taylorswift13 ! #AMAs

— La Maraj (@malloy_lawrence) October 10, 2018

A couple of years ago, we gifted our children with tickets to a Taylor Swift concert at the Yum Center. The whole family attended. I thought Taylor presented as earnest. Good message for young fans. Now. . .I realize. . .she was talking to all of us. And to me. #DadsASwiftieNow

— Paul W. Hankins (@PaulWHankins) October 10, 2018

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The pay-per-view UFC fight between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor generated 279,443 ERs, with Nurmagomedov as a main driver of viewer emotions — many of them negative. After the Russian mixed martial artist defeated McGregor in the fourth round, he jumped out of the cage and tried to attack McGregor’s team. Chaos ensued, both at the arena and on the internet as outraged fans took to Twitter to protest.

Wow, #UFC229 are you kidding me? Khabib wins and then proceeds to maul innocent people outside the octagon? McGregor gets jumped by Khabib’s boys defenseless? Biggest night for MMA and that was a disgusting display. #UltimateFail

— K. M. Francis (@Francis_TheMute) October 7, 2018

I lost a lot of respect for Conor after that. However Khabib stooped down 10x lower when he attacked a man in a crowd on live television after a phenomonal fight. Rather than handling his issues with Dillon like a man elsewhere, he chose to act like a child, not like a champion https://t.co/WSBrvUtQt2

— アレクサンダー???? (@aj_harleyy) October 7, 2018

Conor: taps out
Khabib Wins: jumps out starts fight
Khabib’s friends: jump in the octagon and punch Conor from behind
Come on UFC should of been no contest or disqualification ????

— Lindsey (@Lindsey17574800) October 7, 2018

No matter what Khabib won the fight by submission. What happened after though has me worried for him and that belt. That’s not the way they want champions to act. Also I’m pretty sure that is assault by him on @TheNotoriousMMA ‘s coach. Where the cuffs at?

— bubs (@bubs_tv) October 7, 2018

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A new season of “Doctor Who” that premiered on BBC America garnered 20,532 (ERs), with actress Jodie Whittaker, who portrays the Thirteenth Doctor of the series (and the first female Doctor), driving a ton of emotion. Overall, viewers were very happy with her performance and many were simply thrilled that it’s finally a woman’s turn to lead the iconic series.

Def loved the new Doctor Who! Jodie was awesome! And loving the story elements, a lot of overcoming who they are in their shortcomings…gonna love seeinf where we are going on this new journey…

— Cory Michael Rayburg (@CoryRayburg) October 7, 2018

I like the new Doctor’s outfit. It has echoes of past outfits, but it is unique. I love Jodie as the new Doctor. Well done. #DoctorWho

— Kreg Hunter (@KregHunter) October 8, 2018

One of my favorite moments in the introduction of a new Doctor especially in the new age is the brilliant monologue they make while defending earthlings or the planet and jodie nailed it, can’t wait for more! #DoctorWhoPremiere #doctorwho

— Eric Ratcliffe (@EricRatcliffe) October 8, 2018

Awesome first episode of #DoctorWho! Unlike previous premieres, Jodie Whittaker’s version of The Doctor won me over from her first scene. Also love this season’s companions, which I believe is the most diverse cast in the history of Doctor Who. Can’t wait for future episodes ???????? pic.twitter.com/uk17jZ7tsE

— Sabiha Sahar (@SabihaSahar) October 7, 2018

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TheWrap has partnered with Canvs, the emotion measurement AI company, for a weekly look at some of the characters and personalities that have TV viewers the most worked up on social media. The data below covers Oct. 3-9 and is drawn from the most emotionally reacted-to television programs, including broadcast, cable, streaming and PPV.

A pop superstar, a mixed martial artist and the first female Doctor Who had viewers talking passionately on social media over the past seven days.

The 2018 American Music Awards telecast on ABC was the most emotionally reacted-to program of the period measured, sparking 327,014 Emotional Reactions (ERs). Pop superstar Taylor Swift drove a ton of the emotional conversation during the evening. Between her opening performance, record-breaking four wins and reminder to viewers about the importance of voting, the was no shortage of conversation around her.




The pay-per-view UFC fight between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor generated 279,443 ERs, with Nurmagomedov as a main driver of viewer emotions — many of them negative. After the Russian mixed martial artist defeated McGregor in the fourth round, he jumped out of the cage and tried to attack McGregor’s team. Chaos ensued, both at the arena and on the internet as outraged fans took to Twitter to protest.




A new season of “Doctor Who” that premiered on BBC America garnered 20,532 (ERs), with actress Jodie Whittaker, who portrays the Thirteenth Doctor of the series (and the first female Doctor), driving a ton of emotion. Overall, viewers were very happy with her performance and many were simply thrilled that it’s finally a woman’s turn to lead the iconic series.




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