After a long journey, Taylor Swift finally won five 2019 American Music Awards (AMA) awards. First, he won the Artist of the Decade, second he was rewarded with a Pop / Rock Favorite Album. The third won Favorite Music Video for “You Need to Calm Down”. The Fourth Favorite Female Artist and Favorite Artist.
In the most prestigious music award in America, Taylor defeated Billie Eilish and Ariana Grande for the category of Pop / Rock Favorite Album. For the award, Taylor officially holds the highest status of artist won the AMA trophy in a decade.
On the other hand, the 29-year-old singer is also categorized as the most female artist to get an AMA award with 29 wins. Taylor was even able to shift the position of Michael Jackson who won 24 trophies, as reported by The Guardian.
Not only AMA, Billboard even gave a “Woman of the Decade Award” to Taylor Swift on December 12. Swift will be the first woman to receive the award. The reason Billboard gave the award to Taylor Swift was because it was considered as one of the most successful singers of all time since 2010.
Throughout his musical career, Taylor Swift has gained many achievements, where his album was once ranked first on the Billboard 200 this decade. In addition, five Swift songs also topped the Billboard Hot 100 charts. On the other hand, he also held three tours around the world and two “Billboard Woman of the Year” awards.
Swift was also seen as committed to protecting creative rights, music education, literacy programs, cancer research, disaster relief and the “Time’s Up” initiative.
Before the pleasant days approached Taylor Swift, the singer of the song “Lover” revealed a shocking news. He claimed to be banned by two Big Machine Records label officials named Scott Borchetta and Scooter Braun playing old songs at the 2019 American Music Awards (AMA).
The story about the ban, distributed by Swift in a long article titled “Don’t know what else to do” was uploaded on his social media accounts. “I will get an artist of the decade award in AMA and have planned to do my medley hits all along decades on the show, “Swift said as reported by Antara. “However, Scott Borchetta and Scooter Braun now say I’m not allowed to show my old songs on television. They claim to re-record my music and I’m not allowed until next year,” he continued.
In addition, the official label he once ruled in also refused Swift to use his old songs for a documentary project on his career with Netflix. In fact, it was also rumored, Scott and Scooter threatened Swift when he opened his voice and did not obey the orders of the two Big Machine Records officials.
Swift hopes that what happened to him will arouse the awareness of musicians and other label leaders in order to provide freedom for artists. “The message sent by [Scott and Scooter] is very clear: Be a good little girl and keep your mouth shut, or you will be punished. That’s the wrong thing. They did nothing to create the song and relationship I have with my fans,” she said.
Shortly after he announced the ban, the #IStandWithTaylor hash sign instantly went viral on Twitter to provide support to the singer who got restrained in expression. A number of celebrities also gave support to Taylor Swift, one of whom was singer Lili Allen who said: “Solidarity with Taylor. That sounds so bad and people still wonder why the music world doesn’t yet have the #MeToo movement?”
In addition, there is also Halsey who through Instagram Stories condemned the Big Machine label’s actions. “Evil. That’s punishment. It’s an attempt to silence him (Swift). His elegance and patience at this time made him a Decade Artist,” Halsey said. In addition to the two artists, Tinashe, Todrick Hall, to Rebecca Black also supported Taylor.
Big Machine Label Responses Related to the polemic, Scooter Braun finally opened their voices in the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce State of the Entertainment Industry Conference. The scooter who is also the manager of Justin Bieber’s singer said, “I have never talked about this in six months, never once,”.
Because, Scooter claimed to prefer to discuss the problem directly rather than spit it out to the public. “What I mean is, people have to communicate and when they can communicate, I think they can solve problems,” he said. “I think there is a lot of miscommunication, but I believe that basically humans are good,” he continued.
This dispute, said Scooter, greatly affected his personal life because many people called his office, even to the point that there was a threat. “What we need is to talk directly and discuss with each other. If we can’t talk, I don’t think we will get an answer.”