Taylor Swift Wins Album of the Year, Best Pop Vocal Album, Best Music Video at 2016 Grammy Awards
Not only did Taylor Swift open the 2016 Grammy Awards with a performance of “Out of the Woods,” but the superstar then took home one of the biggest honors of the night: Album of the Year, for her 2014 LP, 1989.
Flanked by some of her collaborators on the album, Swift first and foremost thanked her fans “for the last 10 years” and then singled out her co-executive producer, Max Martin, who “has deserved to be up here for 25 years.”
Then, looking directly into the camera, Swift unleashed a figurative mic drop that doubled as an empowering message to women everywhere.
“As the first woman to win Album of the Year at the Grammys twice, I want to say to all the young women out there: 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,” she said. “But if you just focus on the work and you don’t let those people sidetrack you, someday, when you get where you’re going, you’ll look around and you will know it was you, and the people who love you, who put you there. And that will be the greatest feeling in the world. Thank you for this moment.”
Swift’s last Album of the Year win came in 2010 for Fearless.
In a pre-telecast online ceremony, Swift also took home the very first Grammy Award given out in 2016. The country-turned-pop superstar won Best Pop Vocal Album, for 1989.
Jack Antonoff, who co-produced and co-wrote several songs on 1989, accepted the award on Swift’s behalf, as she was in rehearsals for her Grammy Awards-opening performance; however, Antonoff amusingly called Swift to let her know about the win.
“I’m dead serious, we won,” he said, after she picked up her phone and he broke the news. An audibly excited Swift responded by asking if James Taylor was there — and asked Antonoff to pass on word that she loves him.
Later in the pre-telecast ceremony, Swift also won for Best Music Video, for her Kendrick Lamar-featuring “Bad Blood” clip.
Producer Ron Mohrhoff accepted the award on behalf of Swift and the video’s director, Joseph Kahn, and also went to call the superstar — but then realized that he didn’t have her phone number. Still, he thanked Swift for her “grace and vision and work ethic,” and also expressed some long-distance gratitude from Kahn.
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