Taylor Swift's 2019 AMAs Speech Included A Full Circle Moment
On Sunday, Nov. 24 at the 2019 AMAs, Taylor Swift was honored as the Artist of the Decade. Before accepting her award, she performed a medley of her greatest hits, including "Love Story," "Shake It Off," "I Knew You Were Trouble, "Blank Space," and "Lover." The moment wasn't just full circle because Swift was singing tracks that spanned the entirety of her career, though. She was introduced by legendary singer-songwriter Carole King, who praised Swift's strong songwriting skills. The "Shake It Off" singer reciprocated the sentiment, telling King during her acceptance speech that her parents were big fans, and that King had become a huge influence for her, too, while she was growing up.
"[My parents] would listen to Tapestry and all your other records in high school," she told King. "Then, when they met and they got their own house, they took those records with them there. And then when they had my brother and I, they played those records for us. And...when I fell in love with music, it was right around the time I realized how marvelous it was that an artist could transcend so many different phases and changes in people's lives. So you taught me that that's a possibility."
In addition to being honored with Artist of the Decade, Swift was also nominated for five awards: Artist of the Year, Favorite Music Video, Favorite Female Artist — Pop/Rock, Favorite Album — Pop/Rock, and Favorite Artist — Adult Contemporary. She won Favorite Album and Artist of the Decade.
But she was also just there to have fun, cheering on her friends while they took their turn in the limelight. Swift concluded, "[T]his is an award that celebrates a decade of hard work and of art and of fun and memories."