Taylor Swift turns 30 on December 13, and on her last night of her 20s, she accepted the Billboard Woman of the Decade award.

In her acceptance speech she paid tribute to the woman who have inspired her and fought to make their own music.

She also used her time to continue the feud with Scooter Braun over him buying her old catalogue, leaving him in control of her old music.

Part of Taylor’s speech:

“…as your resident loud person, I feel the need to bring it up…and that is the unregulated world of private equity coming in and buying up our music as if it is real estate, as if it’s an app or a shoe line. This just happened to me without my approval, consultation or consent.”

She went on to say:

“After I was denied the chance to purchase my music outright, my entire catalog was sold to Scooter Braun’s Ithaca Holdings in a deal that I’m told was funded by the Soros family, 23 Capital, and the Carlyle Group. Yet to this day, none of these investors have bothered to contact me or my team directly — to perform their due diligence on their investment. On their investment in me. To ask how I might feel about the new owner of my art, the music I wrote, the videos I created, photos of me, my handwriting, my album designs.”

Taylor also called out those who have supported Scooter Braun in this battle:

“And let me just say that the definition of the toxic male privilege in our industry is people saying, ‘But he’s always been nice to me,’ when I’m raising valid concerns about artists and their rights to own their music.  And, of course, he’s nice to you. If you’re in this room, you have something he needs.”


Likely this battle will continue into 2020, so here’s a cute pic of Taylor as a little girl to distract you for a moment:

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