Taylor Swift calls out Donald Trump during 2019 VMAs speech

Taylor Swift has criticised the Donald Trump administration for failing to protect LGBTQ rights while accepting a major award.

The 'You Need to Calm Down' singer has won Video of the Year, the top honour at the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs).

Swift's performance at the show featured the words 'Equality Act', a reference to her support of legislation that would prevent discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

She hammered home her message while accepting the trophy.

"I just want to say that this is a fan-voted award. So, 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," Swift said.

"Regardless of who we are, regardless of how we identify, at the end of this video there was a petition - and there still is a petition for the Equality Act, which basically just says we all deserve equal rights under the law.

"And, I want to thank everyone who 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 then gestured to her wrist, suggesting President Trump hurry up.

Before giving her speech, actor John Travolta attempted to hand Swift's trophy to a member of her entourage, making for a brief moment of awkwardness.

The VMAs is an award show made by famous by meat dresses, interrupted acceptance speeches and stars dancing with snakes. 

Other notable moments at this year's ceremony included Missy Elliot delivering a six minute mash-up performance showing exactly why she received the Video Vanguard Award.

Lil Nas X's 'Old Town Road' also which picked up song of the year.