The Billboards Women in Music celebration is an amazing opportunity for female artists to come together to celebrate their achievements in the industry and beyond – but it’s also an opportunity to speak your mind for the world to hear.
This is exactly what Taylor Swift did when she accepted her Woman of the Decade award. As you may know, Taylor’s music catalogue was recently bought by big-time manager Scooter Braun and her ex record label Big Machine Records, stripping Taylor of the rights to her own music. We saw the drama unfold before the American Music Awards – where she used her outfit to speak out against the duo – but she just addressed everything in detail and not only called out the two men in question, but the entire male-dominated music industry.
Taylor began her fifteen-minute long acceptance speech by celebrating the women in the room and saying how inspired she was by her female peers, before moving on to address double standards in the industry. She spoke about the ‘toxic male privilege’ that allows men to get away with unacceptable behaviour and how they counter ‘but he’s always been nice to me’ when concerns are raised by women. Taylor then continued, ‘of course he’s nice to you. If you’re in this room, you have something he needs’. Burn. She goes on to say how ‘people love to explain away a women’s success in the music industry… your manager, producer or co-writer is the reason for your success’ and how this thought process is what made her write her last two albums without a co-writer.
It seems like she’s putting all the drama behind her, though. In her own words ‘I’ve been focusing less on what they say I can’t do, and more on doing whatever the hell I want’. Hear, hear.