Taylor Swift Had the Perfect Response to Kanye West at the 2016 Grammys
Wow. There have been a lot of major moments at the 2016 Grammys (Lady Gaga’s epic tribute to David Bowie, anyone?!)—but it was in the final moments of the night during Taylor Swift’s speech for her Album of the Year win that really got everyone talking.
But before we get to that, first some background: Last week, Kanye West released his new album. And, typical to Kanye, it contained some controversial lyrics, including this line about Taylor: “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex. I made that b-tch famous.”
Soon after, Taylor’s squad rushed to her defense (her brother even threw out his pair of Yeezys). Taylor revealed through a spokesperson that she had warned Kanye in advance that the message was misogynistic. Kanye, however, tweeted that she had given her OK: “I called Taylor and had a hour long convo with her about the line, and she thought it was funny and gave her blessings,” he wrote.
Now, back to the Grammys: Until now, we haven’t heard Taylor speak firsthand her thoughts on the issue, but she finally addressed it in her speech tonight. Here’s what she said:
“As the first woman to win Album of the Year at the Grammys twice, I want to say to all the young women out there: There are going to be people along the way who will try to undercut your success or take credit for your accomplishments or your fame. But if you just focus on the work and you don’t let those people side-track you, someday when you get where you’re going, you’ll look around and you will know that it was you and the people who love you who put you there. And that will be the greatest feeling in the world. Thank you for this moment.”
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