Taylor Swift made an appearance at last night’s BRIT Awards in London. She knew she would receive the Global Icon Award, so that’s why she showed up. She was actually the first non-English artist to win that award, and the first woman. Tay wore this two-piece Miu Miu which… isn’t bad. It’s not “great” but the fit is better than I would have expected from Miu Miu. I guess post-pandemic fashion is going to be very midriff-y, going by this look and all of the midriffs at the Oscars. With this look, people think Taylor is giving a clue about the next album she’s re-recording, or perhaps already re-recorded. She wore these kinds of looks during her 1989 era. But the hair, you guys! Those damn bangs are making my eye twitch and, while she did have bangs during that era, they didn’t look like this.
As for Taylor’s speech… she was presented the award by Maisie Williams, and there was a video tribute and all of that. Tay prepared a speech and I’m happy to say that it wasn’t all… um, Tay’s typical speechifying.
Swift thanked the people who made appearances during a sizzle reel about her career, including Ed Sheeran, Selena Gomez, Zoë Kravitz and Annie Lennox. (“Taylor Swift is the same girl I met when I was 15. And she cares so deeply for her fans,” Gomez said in it. “I wish I could be there to support you and hang out with you. You are amazing.”) Swift then thanked her collaborators, including Jack Antonoff, Justin Vernon, Aaron Dessner and her boyfriend Joe Alwyn.
“I want to thank my friends and family who know exactly who they are, whose opinion of me never changed whether my stock was up or down,” she said. “If there’s one thing that I’ve learned it’s that you have to look around you every day and take note of the people who have always believed in you and never stop appreciating them for it. Never take them for granted. There are so many incredible new artists in this room tonight, and a lot of people watching who have goals and ambitions and dreams for themselves. I need you to hear me when I say that there is no career path that comes free of negativity. If you’re being met with resistance, that probably means that you’re doing something new.”
“If you’re experiencing turbulence or pressure, that probably means you’re rising. And there might be times when you put your whole heart and soul into something, and if it is met with cynicism or skepticism, you cannot let that crush you, you have to let it fuel you. We live in a world where anyone has the right to say anything that they want about you at any time, but just please remember that you have the right to prove them wrong.”
This is particularly well-said: “We live in a world where anyone has the right to say anything that they want about you at any time, but just please remember that you have the right to prove them wrong.” I mean, she always positions herself as the underdog, the outsider fighting the system, the victim of every situation. But this is growth, for her to acknowledge that anyone can talk sh-t and you can use that to prove them wrong.
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