How is one supposed to choose a Top Artist of the year at the Billboard Music Awards when the finalists are some of the top earning chart toppers found in the music industry? (I know, that's a lot of "tops"). At Sunday night's Billboard Music Awards, the publication named Taylor Swift the Top Artist of the year, which isn't really that big of a surprise, now is it? Swift was up against Ariana Grande, One Direction, Katy Perry, and Sam Smith, but, ultimately, was named the Top Artist, taking to the stage to accept the award, cheered on by fellow industry folk and her awesome best friends.
Swift winning this award is probably the least surprising outcome out of the five nominees, strictly because Taylor Swift was a finalist in the category. If she weren't nominated, it would have been a toss-up as to who could have taken home the award. 1989 was Swift's first all-pop album, and to say it was well-received would be like saying Kanye is sort of a fan of Beyoncé. Swift's 1989 outsold her last two albums in such a short time frame; it took 124 weeks to sell 4.160 million copies of Red, it only took 19 weeks to sell 4.505 million copies of 1989 , according to Billboard as of March 13 (so that number just keeps rising).
It was a big night for Swift. In addition to winning Top Artist, Swift walked away with eight awards, including Top Female Artist, Top Billboard 200 Album, Top Billboard 200 Artist, Top Hot 100 Artist, Top Digital Songs Artist, Billboard Chart Achievement, and Top Streaming Song. Yeah, she was pretty busy racking up "Top" awards at the BBMAs, but they totally deserved, right? Then, there was, of course, the "Bad Blood" video premiere that knocked the entire world off their feet (not confirmed, but very probable). It featured just about every woman in Hollywood, because Swift and friends are the definition of #SquadGoals.
Swift also remained true to herself in her now-famous audience dancing, because it's not an award show if Taylor Swift isn't dancing in the audience. She had some really incredible things to say in her speeches outside of the Top Artist Artist award. She made the night all about girl power. She thanked all of her amazing female friends that I want to be friends with, too. She also thanked all of the incredible young girls that she interacts with online, because Taylor Swift is one of us, you guys!
In her Top Artist acceptance speech, Swift gave a shoutout to recent graduates (especially her brother). She said, "Honor is what we've achieved, but it also reminds us that we have so much learning to do, we have so much more to accomplish, we have so much more to fight for."
When it comes to the person that dominated music this year, it's hands down Taylor Swift. Realistically, it has been the Year of Taylor Swift since, like, 2006, but, as of late, we all want to be in Taylor's Club (as Molly Ringwald put it).