Grammys 2016: Taylor Swift wins Album of the Year for 1989
'There are going to be people along the way who will try to undercut your success or take credit for your accomplishments or your fame,' Swift says
Taylor Swift won the Album of the Year award at Monday’s Grammys for 2014’s 1989, her fifth album and her second to win the Album of the Year Grammy (she first nabbed the honor for 2008’s Fearless).
Swift thanked her fans, collaborators (including Jack Antonoff, who helped produce 1989 and took the stage with her to accept the award), and executive producer Max Martin.
She also made an oblique reference to Kanye West’s recent lyric about her on the track “Famous” from West’s album The Life of Pablo. (“I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex / Why? Because I made that bitch famous,” West raps on the song.) In her speech, Swift addressed young women in the audience, telling them “there are going to be people along the way who will try to undercut your success or take credit for your accomplishments or your fame.”
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“But if you just focus on the work, and you don’t let those people sidetrack you, some day when you get where you’re going, you will look around and know it is you and the people who love you who put you there,” she concluded.
After West’s lyric about Swift went viral, the singer released a statement saying she cautioned West against releasing a song “with such a strong misogynistic message.”
“Taylor was never made aware of the actual lyric, ‘I made that bitch famous,'” Swift’s rep said last week.
In response, West denied those claims and said he did not “diss” Swift. “I called Taylor and had a hour long convo with her about the line and she thought it was funny and gave her blessings,” West wrote on Twitter. He added, “I’m not even gone take credit for the idea… it’s actually something Taylor came up with … She was having dinner with one of our friends who’s name I will keep out of this and she told him.”
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Swift dubbed 1989 her “very first documented, official pop album” when she announced the record in August 2014. It went on to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in October 2014 and sold 1.287 million copies in its first week, marking the most an album had sold in a single week since Eminem’s The Eminem Show in 2002. (Adele’s 25 beat that record in 2015.) 1989 also earned the title of fastest-selling album since Usher’s Confessions, which came out in 2004.
1989 includes singles “Shake It Off,” “Blank Space,” “Bad Blood,” and “Out of the Woods.” The album and its tracks received eight Grammy nominations total and three wins.