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It’s official! The 2010s belonged to Taylor Swift. Following her upcoming “Artist of the Decade” award at this year’s upcoming American Music Awards, Billboard recently announced that the songstress will also receive their first-ever “Woman of the Decade” award. That’s two prominent entities that have both proclaimed that, in the last decade, Swift has been the most influential.  The prestigious music publication will honor the popstar during their annual ‘Women in Music‘ event next month. They deemed her “one of the most accomplished musical artists of all time over the course of the 2010s,” thereby recognizing her merit for such an award. Throughout this past decade, Swift has topped numerous Billboard charts. They include five No. 1 albums in their Hot 200 Albums chart and five No. 1 singles in their Hot 100 Singles chart. Furthermore, Billboard also rewarded country-singer-turned-pop-star their “Woman of the Year” award twice in this decade. All of these feats culminated in this new recognition. 

Part of her musical achievements, Billboard also recognizes Swift’s effort in using her platform as a famous artist for the greater good. “The singer-songwriter is also being honored for her commitment to protecting creative rights, music education, literacy programs, cancer research, disaster relief, and the Time’s Up initiative.” the magazine shared on their website. Just recently, one of her more recent causes was advocating for the protection of the LGBTQ+ community’s rights. She even released her second single, “You Need To Calm Down,” to shed more light on it. While it’s a polarizing issue that has caused her to lose her ore conservative fans, she still took that risk.  Currently, she’s highlighting the protection for artists’ creative rights with her latest controversy. She revealed last week that Scott Borchetta, the once owner of her former record label Big Machine Records, and Scooter Braun, who acquired the said company, have allegedly banned her from performing her old songs. Both men legally own her original masters recordings, leading Swift to announce that she plans to re-record all her old songs next year. But since the artist also plans to perform at this year’s AMAs, especially with the award she’s receiving, she publicly cried foul on both men’s ban. It even led to a new trending hashtag on social media, “#IStandWithTaylor“. 

And now, the issue just got a lot muddier. After Swift went public with the supposed ban, Big Machine Records responded by releasing an official statement saying that they have since allowed the artist to perform her old songs. They also included that they communicated with Dick Clark Productions, who run the AMAs annually, to reach the decision. However, the latter has since denied that an agreement was ever reached between the two companies. 

“At no time did dick Clark productions agree to, create, authorize or distribute a statement in partnership with Big Machine Label Group regarding Taylor Swift’s performance at the 2019 American Music Awards.  Any final agreement on this matter needs to be made directly with Taylor Swift’s management team. We have no further comment.” the said in an official statement. For now, no one from Swift’s camp has released any statement regarding this issue.  Congratulations to Taylor Swift for her new award. Catch Billboard’s “Women in Music” even via an online live stream on December 6, 2019. Apart from Swift, Alanis Morissette and Nicki Minaj will also appear as Billboard will honor them that night as well. 

Image Credits:

  1. Taylor Swift Featured Image – GoodFon.comSinger Taylor Swift – Variety.com
  2. Fans with Taylor Swift – TheNation.com
  3. Popstar Taylor Swift Performing – RollingStone.com
  4. Singer Taylor Swift – Variety.com
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