Taylor Swift wrote history at last night’s Grammy Awards by becoming the first woman to win Album of the Year twice, and used that opportunity to send a message about female empowerment, and take a subtle dig at rapper Kanye West. “All the young women out there,” she said during her acceptance speech, “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.” The line was a thinly-veiled reference to the controversy that erupted last week over a line in the rapper’s new song, “Famous”, in which West claimed to have made “that bitch” famous.
“If you just focus on the work,” she continued, “and don’t let those people sidetrack you, someday you will get where you are 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.”
The pop star took home two other Grammys — one for best pop vocal album for 1989 and one for best music video for “Bad Blood,” her collaboration with rapper Kendrick Lamar.
Other remarkable women on the stage last night were Meghan Trainor, of “All About That Bass” fame, who was named Best New Artist and Brittany Howard, the frontwoman of Southern blues-rock band Alabama Shakes whose Sound & Color record was merited with four prizes, including best alternative album, best rock performance and best rock song for “Don’t Wanna Fight.”
Lady Gaga performed a David Bowie tribute, singing snippets of 10 songs by the recently deceased rockstar in a little under six minutes. There were some disappointments, too: Adele, plagued by technical issues, performed an underwhelming version of “All I Ask,” while Rihanna had to cancel her own performance after a doctor said she needed some rest in order not to damage her vocal cords.
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