Taylor Swift delivered a moving speech on Thursday December 12th while she accepted the first-ever Billboard Woman of the Decade Award. She passionately took to the stage to talk about the continuous fight women are forced to engage in when trying to break into the music industry. She went on to say that a new shift has "affected" her personally.
Taylor Swift/Scooter Braun Controversy
"That is the unregulated world of private equity coming in and buying up our music as if it’s real estate," Swift said about her recent controversy with Scooter Braun and Big Machine records. "This just happened to me without my approval, consultation or consent. After I was denied the chance to purchase my music outright, my entire catalog was sold to Scooter Braun’s Ithaca Holdings," the singer went on.
Swift touched on the fact that no one ever contacted her or her team before, during, or after the transaction was made. "I’m fairly certain he knew exactly how I would feel about it though and let me just say that the definition of 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. Of course, he’s nice to people in this room, you have something he needs."
Women are speaking up in the music industry
Taylor also touched on how the most amazing thing was to discover that the women in the music industry were the ones to speak up and show their support during this difficult time. Noting that she "will never ever forget it. Like, ever."