Subtle jab? Taylor Swift threw a little shade at Scooter Braun, Scott Borchetta and Big Machine Records during her acceptance speech after winning Favorite Album during the 2019 American Music Awards. The songstress has been publicly feuding with her former label because of legal disputes over ownership of her older music.
“You guys, this is – OK this amazing. Like, that was a really tough category,” the 29-year-old began. “Thank you to the fans. I would love to have an opportunity I made this album with because they are amazing and we had so much fun doing it.”
Then, she gushed over her current label. “This album really felt like a new beginning and I also really love my record label, Universal and Republic — Monte Lipman, thank you for being so generous with me and allowing me to make whatever music I want to make and it’s so thrilling to me that I get to keep doing that,” the Grammy winner continued. “I am so excited to get to perform for all of you later. I love you guys, thank you to the fans, you’re everything to me.”
Before the awards show — where Tay was honored as Artist of the Decade — she took to social media and claimed that her old label was hindering her upcoming performance at the AMAs and a secret documentary she had been working on. “Right now, my performance at the AMAs, the Netflix documentary and any other recorded events I am planning to play until November of 2020 are a question mark,” she wrote in a lengthy statement on November 14, which she posted across all her social media channels.
Taylor said she went public with the behind-the-scenes squabble to hopefully urge action. “I’m hoping that maybe they can talk some sense into the men who are exercising tyrannical control over someone who just wants to play the music she wrote,” she said, referring to some of Scooter’s current clients.
Big Machine Records released a statement against her claims on their website on November 15. Although they came to an agreement that allowed her to perform at the AMAs, the statement noted that the “narrative you have created does not exist.”
Scooter also released his own statement on November 22 and said that his family was receiving “death threats.”
All in all, the AMAs went off without a hitch but who knows where this drama will go next.