Taylor Swift took home the coveted video of the year award for her song “You Need to Calm Down” during the MTV Video Music Awards tonight.

The singer thanked her fans onstage: “You voting for this video means that you want a world where we’re all treated equally under the law regardless of who we love or how we identify.”

Ariana Grande, 21 Savage ft. J. Cole, Billie Eilish, Jonas Brothers and Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus were also up for the award.

The singer was joined onstage by many of the music video’s stars, including Todrick Hall, Hannah Hart, Dexter Mayfield, Riley Knoxx, Jade Jolie and more.

Swift began the acceptance speech by noting that it was a fan-voted award.

“I first want to say thank you to the fans because in this video several points were made, so you voting for this video means that you want a world where we’re all treated equally under the law regardless of who we love or how we identify,” she said.

The singer shared that the music video concluded with her encouraging fans to sign the Equality Act petition.

[SIGN: Equality Act Petition]

“Which basically just says we all deserve equal rights under the law,” she said of the legislation as she continued to encourage viewers to sign the 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,” she said.

Swift then looked at an imaginary watch on her wrist as she implied that the Trump administration should address the petition.

The video also won the video for good award earlier in the night.

The anti-hate anthem’s music video features a star-studded cast including Ellen DeGeneres, Adam Lambert, Ryan Reynolds, Laverne Cox, RuPaul, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, the Queer Eye cast, Billy Porter, Ciara, Adam Rippon, Hayley Kiyoko and Katy Perry.

The song targets Swift’s haters and calls out those that attack the LGBTQ community, which is represented in the video.

Earlier in the night, Swift took the stage to perform “You Need to Calm Down” and “Lover”.

The event marked her first televised performance following the release of her seventh studio album Lover on Friday.

WATCH: Taylor Swift Performs ‘You Need to Calm Down’ & ‘Lover’ | 2019 Video Music Awards

 

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