Opening up. Taylor Swift gave her third acceptance speech of the night at the 2019 American Music Awards on Sunday, November 24. As she accepted her Album of the Year award, she got extremely vulnerable with fans as she spoke about the struggles she’s faced over the past year. “This industry is really weird, [those] who do what we do feel like — I am sure some of you feel like this too with your lives,” the 29-year-old said. “You feel like your stock is either up or down, they either like you or don’t. But people that hang in there for you are the ones you will never forget.”
“Like, I don’t even know what I am saying because literally [the] speech of the whole night goes to Halsey, winner of the whole evening for that speech. This year for me has been a lot, a lot of good, a lot of really complicated … and so on behalf of my family and me, thank you so much for being there and for caring,” she continued. “This is crazy, tonight was an amazing night, full of unforgettable performances. I am lucky to be here, I know that every step of the way.”
Taylor’s award for Album of the Year marked her 26th AMA, beating Michael Jackson for the record for winning the most AMAs. She also took home the Artist of the Decade during the night.
This past year, Taylor has overcome some major hardships. She has been very vocal about her legal battle with Scooter Braun and Big Machine Records over the rights to her music. She took to Twitter on Thursday, November 14, to address the “tyrannical control” being exercised over her music and alleged her old label was preventing her from performing.
Scooter later addressed Taylor’s claim stating he in no way is holding her back from performing her greatest hits. We love Taylor for being open and sharing her hardships with the world.