Taylor Swift won Album of the Year at the Grammy Awards and delivered a powerful acceptance speech with an empowering message for women and, without naming names, a response to Kanye West’s controversial lyrics about her in his song ‘Famous.’ See the video and find out what all the buzz is about.
It was a shining achievement for Taylor Swift who crossed over from country-pop to pop music with her album ‘1989.’ Not only did the album become the second best seller of the previous year — bowing, of course, to Adele’s phenomenal ’25’ –but now in clinching the highly coveted award she’s unmistakably made her mark as a pop music superstar.
Yes, she’s come a long way from the early success in country music, and it was clear that Taylor Swift, famous as much for sweeping awards as she is for her facial expressions of surprise when she hears her name announced, took to the stage and delivered an eloquent speech.
She began, saying, “I want to thank the fans for the last 10 years, and the Recording Academy for giving us this unbelievable honor.”
She went on to deliver a message of empowerment, saying, “As the first woman to win Album of the Year at the Grammys twice, I want to say to all the young women out there — there are going to be people along the way will try to undercut your success or take credit for your accomplishments or your fame.”
Continuing, she added, “But if you just focus on the work and don’t let those people sidetrack you, someday when you get where you’re going, you will look around and you will know that it was you and the people who loved you who put you there, and that will be the greatest feeling in the world.”
Yes, of course, an uplifting and encouraging message, but a pointed one as well. It was just days earlier that Kanye West name checked her in the lyrics of ‘Famous’ from his new album ‘The Life of Pablo’ — “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex. Why? I made that b-tch famous.”
Of course, a reference to the infamous 2009 MTV VMAs incident which saw him rushing the stage to interrupt her acceptance speech to tell the world he thought that Beyonce was the deserving recipient. Years later, it continues to be one of the indelible pop cultural moments.
All the while, time moved on and it was Taylor Swift who was the presenter when Kanye West won the MTV VMAs Video Vanguard Award, and the two already had for all outward appearances become friends. In fact, Taylor Swift told Vanity Fair last year it was a process, facilitated by Jay Z.
She said at the time, “I feel like I wasn’t ready to be friends with [West] until I felt like he had some sort of respect for me, and he wasn’t ready to be friends with me until he had some sort of respect for me—so it was the same issue, and we both reached the same place at the same time.”
But as we say, that was then and this is now. And Taylor Swift herself took the opportunity to make a reference to the proverbial elephant in the room, and to turn it around into a message of empowerment. She would already be seizing the spotlight for her victory that night, but the speech, going viral naturally, further cements the moment.
And, in total, on that night Taylor Swift won three Grammys, including two during the Grammy Premiere presentation earlier that night; Best Pop Vocal Album, also for ‘1989’ as well Best Music Video for her epic, star-studded ‘Bad Blood.’ She first won Album of the Year in 2010 for her debut ‘Fearless,’ in the country-pop music days and now has a career total of seven Grammys and is among the elite of music artists to win Album of the Year more than once.
You can see photos along with the video of Taylor Swift’s Grammy Awards Album of the Year acceptance speech below!
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