The 2019 iHeartRadio Awards were held in Los Angeles Thursday night, and it’s not surprising that Taylor Swift stole the show.
What is surprising is that she was able to do so without singing a note.
Right off the bat, Taylor managed to capture the audience’s attention simply by showing up.
The 29-year-old has reached the point in her career at which the constant attention of media outlets and tens of millions of obsessive fans seems to be wearing thin.
As a result, these days, she skips a lot of awards shows, particularly second- or third-tier ones like the iHeartRadio Awards.
Taylor stole the spotlight a second time when she took the stage to accept the award for Tour of the Year, one of two trophies she took home last night.
Generally, in an acceptance speech related to a tour, the artist would simply thank the fans and move on.
Swift made her gratitude clear, but she also took some time to put her haters in their proper place:
“So, I think one of the most wonderful things about the way this whole tour turned out is that for like the entire six months leading up to the first show of this tour, everything I read about the tour said this is going to be a massive failure,” she told the crowd.
“This is going to be a flop tour, and you know, it really did wonders for my self-esteem,” Taylor added.
“It was really great to hear people saying that I was going to be playing to nearly empty stadiums.”
Call us crazy, but we think we’re detecting a hint of sarcasm there!
“I have learned a lot,” she confessed.
“One of the things I have learned is that life is unpredictable and people can make forecasts, and they can make predictions but those predictions and forecasts may not come true if there is an unforeseeable factor involved and that unforeseeable factor, in this case, was my fans.”
It’s nice that she’s so grateful to her fans and so defiant in the face of criticism, but Taylor complaining that she’d been counted out is a bit like Tom Brady and Bill Belichick playing the underdog card.
No musician has been as dominant over the past decade as Taylor, and any tour of hers is a guaranteed money-maker.
Swift went on to affirm that she tours not for herself, but for the Swifties:
“So, I honestly owe everything in my life to you and I want to thank you. If you came out and saw the show in perfect weather, or if you came to many of the rain shows we had,” she continued.
“Also, I want to say thank you if you just watched the show on Netflix.
“Yeah, you guys are the reason why this tour, and you’re the only reason why this tour wasn’t a massive failure and why it ended up being the highest grossing tour in U.S. history, that is you.”
As for the rumors that Taylor is gearing up to drop a surprise album?
“When there is new music, you will be the first to know. I love you so much,” she concluded.
Here’s hoping Swift isn’t so happy dating Joe Alwyn that she won’t be able to deliver any scorching breakup ballads.