Taylor Swift has been crowned 'Woman of the Decade' by Billboard, becoming the first recipient to do so. The musician accepted the award in person at the Women in Music Event in LA.
The prize was presented to her by body-positive activist Jameela Jamil. Swift made a lengthy acceptance speech in which she addressed her ongoing feud with US businessman and record executive Scooter Braun over the rights to her music. She also thanked the audience for a memorable 10 years in music.
"Thank you for a magnificent, happy, free, confused, sometimes lonely but mostly golden decade," she said. "I'm honoured to be here tonight. I feel very lucky to be with you, thank you so much."
She also called out the double standards that face men and women in music: "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.’"
Swift appeared in Time magazine's 100 Power List for the third year in 2019 and she has a net worth estimated at $360 million according to Forbes.
From Harper's Bazaar U.K.