Halsey won her first American Music Award for best Pop/Rock song for her track “Without Me”.
She gave a passionate speech after winning about the symbolism of most music awards, and how the AMAs are different because they are fan-voted awards.
“When I was a kid I believed these awards were the ultimate validation,” Halsey said. “Most of these awards really aren’t what they seem at all.”
She went on to say how the AMAs are different because the decision-makers are the fans, and that makes all the difference. You can see her full speech below.
— American Music Awards (@AMAs) November 25, 2019
Halsey was up against Lil Nas X featuring Billy Ray Cyrus’ “Old Town Road,” the Jonas Brothers’ “Sucker,” Panic! At The Disco’s “High Hopes” and Post Malone and Swae Lee’s “Sunflower”.
Post Malone leads with the most AMAs nominations at seven followed by Ariana Grande and Billie Eilish with six each. Lil Nas X is up for five awards with “Old Town Road” falling into “Collab of the Year” and continuing to break genre barriers with a “Favorite Song – Pop/Rock” and “Favorite Song – Rap/Hip-Hop” nods.
The 47th American Music Awards was held Nov. 24 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Ciara hosted the show, which aired live on ABC. You can see the full list of award winners here.
In June, Big Machine Label Group, originally owned by Scott Borchetta, revealed the news that Braun’s Ithaca Holdings agreed to acquire the label which included Swift’s entire catalog she released through BMLG. The back catalog Braun has now acquired from Swift includes her self-titled album, Fearless, Speak Now, Red, 1989 and Reputation.
Swift released a statement via Tumblr stating she learned about the news along with the rest of the world. However, a source told Billboard that Swift’s camp knew about the acquisition since when Big Machine had a shareholder meeting to discuss the deal.
Swift’s initial statement discusses the “manipulative bullying” she received at Braun’s hand for years, calling his acquisition of her masters her “worst case scenario.”
Recently, Swift was named the AMA’s Artist of the Decade, but now the singer is stating she’ll be unable to perform a medley of her post popular tracks on television because of restrictions Borchetta and Braun have made.
“Scott Borchetta and Scooter Braun have now said that I’m not allowed to perform my old songs on television because they claim that would be re-recording my music before I’m allowed to next year,” Swift stated on Twitter.
She also announced that Netflix would be releasing a documentary about her life but the two men have refused to let them use her older music and performance footage for the film. Borchetta said to let Swift use her own assets as long as she didn’t re-record her new versions of her old tracks next November.
“The message being sent to me is very clear. Basically, be a good little girl and shut up. Or you’ll be punished,” the pop singer continues. “This is WRONG. Neither of these men had a hand in the writing of those songs. They did nothing to create the relationship I have with my fans. So this is where I’m asking for your help.”
The full statement is available below.
<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Don’t know what else to do <a href=”https://t.co/1uBrXwviTS”>pic.twitter.com/1uBrXwviTS</a></p>— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) <a href=”https://twitter.com/taylorswift13/status/1195123215657508867?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>November 14, 2019</a></blockquote> <script async src=”https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js” charset=”utf-8″></script>
After posting a video of herself singing Swift’s “Mean,” Halsey made a statement of her own regarding the situation through a post on her Instagram story, backing up the singer once again.
“Not only are we looking at an awful business move, but this is just mean. This is punishment. This is hoping to silence her from speaking about things by dangling them over her head.”
The alt-pop singer also posted a video of herself singing Swift’s “Mean” on her Instagram story.
— 𝔰𝔞𝔦𝔫𝔱 𝔫𝔦𝔠 🤶🏻 (@sagittariusnake) November 15, 2019
“This is hoping to silence her from speaking about things by dangling this over her head.” pic.twitter.com/9LDcVNRDFo
— Taylor Swift Updates (@TSUpdatesNYBU) November 15, 2019