Billy Eichner likes to dish out a great joke, however through the 2018 American Music Awards on Oct. 9, the comic/actor switched his tone for a extra severe and urgent subject. Ahead of introducing the award for Adult Contemporary Artist with actress Kathryn Hahn (Shawn Mendes received), Eichner delivered an impassioned speech on the significance of voter registration.
"Young folks of America, the largest election of our lifetime is occurring. That's proper. Tonight is the ultimate evening to register in 20 states on this nation," Eichner started. "Please seize your mates. Tell them to vote. If you imagine in equality for girls, for folks of colour, for the LGBTQ neighborhood. If you imagine that local weather change is actual and that we have to do one thing about it, don't let anybody let you know your vote received't rely."
He then ended the speech with a well timed reference to a significant pop star: "Register and vote. You can go to Vote.gov, similar to Taylor Swift advised you." Earlier this week, Swift rattled the web with a prolonged Instagram submit supporting U.S. Senate candidate and former two-term governor Phil Bredesen and incumbent U.S. House member Rep. Jim Cooper.
The singer lastly breaking her silence on politics clearly impacted Eichner, together with many citizens and followers throughout the nation. According to Vote.org figures supplied to Billboard, Swift's commentary on the upcoming midterm elections on Nov. 6 had "considerably" pushed up voter registration amongst 18- to 29-year-olds in a two-day interval.
Watch Eichner's AMAs speech above.