Taylor Swift is concluding 2019 on a high note as Billboard's first-ever woman of the decade. The "Lover" singer was one of the guests of honor at Billboard's Women in Music event in LA among other stars like Billie Eilish, Alicia Keys, and Rosalía on Thursday night.
Swift who turned 30 today looked stunning as she posed in a teal jumpsuit on the red carpet at the Billboard Women in Music event where she was honored as 'Woman of the Decade'.
The award was presented by Jameela Jamil to Taylor Swift at the event, where she also delivered an empowering acceptance speech that focused on her career evolution over the past 10 years. Her speech also highlighted important topics like sexism in the industry and the bright future that lies ahead for women in music.
She also called out Scooter Braun by name for buying her music against her wishes.
"When this decade began I was 20 years old," Swift said. "I saw that as a female in this industry, some people will always have the slightest reservations about you." Examples include questioning "whether a male was really responsible in the studio… or whether it was a savvy record label. It wasn’t," she further pointed. "People want to explain away a woman’s success in this industry."
After Fearless won the album of the year at this year's Grammy Awards, the singer said the 'Swift backlash' exploded. "All of a sudden they weren’t sure if I was the one writing the songs, because sometimes I had co-writers in the room. This is what happens to a woman in music if she achieves success beyond people’s comfort level."
The singer continued to call out contrasting principles. "Have you ever heard someone say about a male artist, 'I really like his songs, but there’s something about him I don’t like.' No, that criticism is reserved for us."