With proudly glorifying the struggle and success of female artists in the music industry Taylor Swift adds a new chapter to her career. She became the first recipient of the “Woman of the Decade Award” at the Billboard’s Women in Music 2019 event held on the 12th of December at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles.
In recognition of her illustrious professional career and commitment to social issues like protecting creative rights, music education, literacy programs, cancer research, disaster relief, and the Time’s Up initiative, the Lover singer is being given this honour by Billboard. Taylor is “deemed one of the most accomplished musical artists of all time over the course of the 2010s – According to a statement by Billboard.
— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) December 11, 2019
This award celebrates Swift’s achievements in the last decade. The 29-year-old’s impressive roster includes five No. 1 albums on the Billboard 200, five No. 1 singles on the Billboard Hot 100, three worldwide stadium tours and two Billboard Woman of the Year Awards, according to Billboard.
Taylor Swift after receiving the honour poured her emotions about the female artists and her struggle as being the female artist in the industry. –
“Female artists in music have dominated this decade in growth, streaming, record and ticket sales, and critical acclaim. So why are we doing so well? Because we have to grow fast. We have to work this hard, we have to prove that we deserve this, and we have to top our last achievements. Women in music, on stage or behind the scenes, are not allowed to coast. We are held at a higher, sometimes impossible-feeling standard. And it seems that my fellow female artists have taken this challenge and they have accepted it”
“We now find ourselves fully immersed in a vast frontier that wasn’t around the last decade, and that is the streaming world. In music, we’re always walking hand-in-hand with technology, and sometimes that is so awesome, like how now we’re able to just drop a song that we made yesterday”
Checkout the whole speech here
In a career spanning 12 years, the singer has had six No. 1 albums on the Billboard 200 albums chart, which include Fearless, 1989, Red, Speak Now, Reputation and Lover. The singer-songwriter has garnered five No. 1 hit singles on the Billboard Hot 100 with the following songs: Shake It Off, Blank Space, Bad Blood featuring Kendrick Lamar, We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together and Look What You Made Me Do.
Taylor Swift after taking three Grammy nominations currently holds the record for the highest-selling US tour in history. According to Forbes, she is named as the highest-paid celebrity and musician of 2019, after accumulating $185 million in pretax income over the past year already.
“This speech I’m referring to was on my 25th birthday. I’m about to turn 30 tonight, woo! But my exact quote during the speech was, ‘I really just feel like we need to continue to try to offer something to a younger generation of musicians because somewhere right now your future Woman of the Year is probably sitting in a piano lesson or in a girls’ choir “and today right now we need to take care of her” with these words she concludes her emotions and gave grattitude for the honor blissfully.