In a powerful and candid Instagram post this week, Taylor Swift urged citizens to take action next month and vote in the midterm elections.
Not long afterwards, the singer took an action herself that she had not taken in three years:
She performed on stage at an awards show.
Indeed, Swift opened the 2018 American Music Awards on Tuesday night with a rendition of "I Did Something Bad," reminding viewers everywhere that she deserves the honor she would later win at the ceremony.
(Swift was named Artist of the Year and, in the process, became the most decorated female artist in American Music Awards history.)
The 28-year-old pop sensation donned a sparkly long-sleeve leotard with over-the-knee leather black boots for her wildly-anticipated performance.
She also brought the drama with smoke and a giant snake (!!!!!!!) – which has been her Reputation tour logo and which has been a response to being called a snake years ago by Kim Kardashian – behind her on stage.
It was clear those in attendance were psyched to have Swift back in their lives.
"They’re burning all the witches, even if you aren’t one/They got their pitchforks and proof,” Swift sings in the featured track.
Having received some criticism from Republicans for not supporting any of their candidates in her aforementioned social media message, Swift did not back down at the AMAs.
In her Artist of the Year acceptance speech, she didn’t take any side… but she did remain political.
“Thank you so much for this," she said on stage, adding:
"And I just wanted to make a mention of the fact that this award, and every single award given out tonight, were voted on by the people. And you know what else is voted on by the people?
"The midterm elections on 6 November. Get out and vote – I love you guys.”
And we love you, Taylor.
We hope this was not a temporary return to the spotlight.
Check out her performance now!