The singer accused them of blocking her from performing her old songs on the AMAs stage, taking to Tumblr and Instagram to ask fans and other artists to urge the men to rethink their positioning. (For their parts, Borchetta, Braun and BMLG denied ever stopping Swift from singing her old songs at the award show. ) Several fellow stars, including Swift's friends from Gigi Hadid to Selena Gomez, rallied behind her, while fans started a Change. org petition.
Swift also took home a few other awards Sunday night including the trophy for Favorite Album Pop/Rock and Artist of the Year, making her the most decorated artist in AMAs history. (She surpassed Michael Jackson's record with her 25th win. ) And she also turned heads on the red carpet wearing a green, sparkly custom Julien Macdonald dress paired with over-the-knee black Casadei boots and wavy tresses. © 2019 Condé Nast. All rights reserved.
To kick off her career-spanning medley, Swift appeared in a prison-like jacket covered in the names of the albums she does not legally own and sang the first few lines of "The Man. " It was a seemingly curious choice to open her performance considering the song isn't even one of her singles (yet), but the lyrics seem to say it all: "I’m so sick of running as fast as I can /Wondering if I'd get there quicker if I was a man/ And I'm so sick of them coming at me again/ 'Cause if I was a man, then I'd be the man.
Taylor Swift's American Music Awards performance had been making headlines long before she stepped onto the stage Sunday night due to a music rights battle she's embroiled in with her former label Big Machine Label Group, Scott Borchetta and Scooter Braun.
Swift ended on a high and hopeful note though, bringing out a rose colored piano as well as ballet dancers Misty Copeland and Craig Hall to perform, as she sung her latest ballad, "Lover. " Following her epic performance, Swift was awarded Artist of the Decade by iconic singer-songwriter Carole King.
The 29-year-old then shed the jacket, revealing a gold body suit underneath, and launched into more of her well-known classics, including "I Knew You Were Trouble," "Blank Space," and "Shake It Off" (featuring her tour buddies Camila Cabello and Halsey)—all of which could easily be taken as jabs toward Borchetta and Braun.
In an impassioned acceptance speech, Swift thanked her fans and seemed to brush off the hurdles she's faced of late. "All anyone wants is to create something that will last," she said. "All that matters to me is the memories I have had with you guys, with the fans over the years.
Swift brought attention to the feud earlier this month when she called out the former head of BMLG, Scott Borchetta, as well as Scooter Braun, who purchased the label and in turn her music catalog and masters for $300 million.
Taylor performed hits like "Shake It Off" and "Blank Space" as well as a few surprise songs. https://t.co/njf6JbK6Nu— Glamour (@glamourmag) November 25, 2019