So emotional! Taylor Swift was presented with the very first Icon Award at the 2019 Teen Choice Awards on August 11, and she definitely made us hop aboard the feels train with the speech she gave when she accepted the honor. Taylor, 29, gave her moving speech after a video montage about her amazing career. People like Ed Sheeran and Jameela Jamil had lovely things to say about the songstress before she finally took the stage and said a few words.
While holding a surfboard covered in her cats, Taylor gave a shout-out to whoever decided to put her “furry children” on the award. “This may be my favorite award,” she said. Then, she addressed her fans. “You make me laugh every day online,” she began. “Thank you for giving me the life I have.”
She continued by talking about what she wished she had known as a teen. “Mistakes are inevitable,” she told the crowd. “It’s normal to make mistakes … Please be kind to yourselves. And stand up for yourself.”
The “You Need to Calm Down” singer then noted that there’s so much that she’s “excited about” in the coming days, and plugged her newest album. Finally, Taylor revealed she’s releasing her song Lover on August 16.
Taylor has been reflecting a lot on her career in recent months, and it’s no surprise she decided to talk a little bit about missteps during her speech. For instance, in a recent Vogue interview, the singer brought up her feud with Kim Kardashian, and said, “A mass public shaming, with millions of people saying you are quote-unquote canceled is a very isolating experience … I don’t think that there are that many people who can actually understand what it’s like to have millions of people hate you very loudly.”
She added, “We’re not going to go straight to gratitude with it. Ever. But we’re going to find positive aspects of it.” She seemed to echo that sentiment with her Teen Choice awards speech by reminding her fans to be OK with making mistakes and growing from them.