You go, girl! Taylor Swift has done it again! The 29-year-old took home her 26th AMA at the American Music Awards on Sunday, November 25. The star officially beat Michael Jackson for winning the most AMAs to date.
Back in 2018, the songstress was awarded her 23rd AMA, making her the most awarded female artist. Taylor was tied with the King of Pop after it was announced she would be taking home the Artist of the Decade Award. Throughout the night she added two more titles to her collection: Artist of the Year and Album of the Year.
Tay wasted no time claiming her title and she was one of the first artists of the night to take home a trophy. “You guys, this is — OK this amazing. Like, that was a really tough category,” the star said as she accepted her record breaking award. “Thank you to the fans. I would love to have an opportunity I made this album with because they are amazing and we had so much fun doing it.”
In typical Taylor fashion, she used her platform to throw a little shade at those who have wronged her, specifically Scooter Braun and Big Machine Record when she raved about her new label. “This album really felt like a new beginning and I also really love my record label universal and republic — Monte Lipman, thank you for being so generous with me and allowing me to make whatever music I want to make and it’s so thrilling to me that I get to keep doing that,” the Grammy winner continued. “I am so excited to get to perform for all of you later. I love you guys, thank you to the fans, you’re everything to me.”
Previously, the songstress has been very vocal about her on-going feud with the music legend. She took to Twitter on Thursday, November 14, to address the “tyrannical control” being exercised over her music. The star alleged Scooter and Big Machine were preventing her from performing old songs unless she followed a few rules, putting her AMAs performance in jeopardy.
“Guys — it’s been announced recently that the American Music Awards will be honoring me with the Artist of the Decade Award at this year’s ceremony,” the pop star began, before added she may not be able to as “that would be re-recording my music before I’m allowed to next year.” She begged her fans to talk to Scooter, writing, “I’m hoping that maybe they can talk some sense into the men who are exercising tyrannical control over someone who just wants to play the music she wrote.”
Scooter later addressed Taylor’s allegation, stating he in no way is preventing her from performing. Although the legal battle over the ownership of her music is far from over, we are proud of her for standing up for herself and other artists. Congrats on AMA No. 26!