2014 Billboard Women in Music: Taylor accepts Woman of the Year award

We’re gonna party like it’s 1989 too, Taylor Nation.

In case you don’t know, you can watch z100’s Jingle Ball 2014 right now through Yahoo! Live / iHeartRadio. Here at the Swift Agency, just a guy who’s glad Taylor got this award from none other than a fan just like you and me, we want to congratulate Taylor in her second win of the Billboard Woman of the Year award. The award was presented by an actual citizen of the Taylor Nation, @GenaGabrielle! Woot.

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“I’ve taken this year to stand up for my value as a songwriter, as a businesswoman and a content creator,” Taylor said in her acceptance speech. “I’m very well aware the music industry is changing, and it will continue to change. I’m open to that change and progress. I’m not open to the financial model that is currently in place. I really believe that we in the music industry can work together to bond technology with integrity. And I think we can teach a younger generation about an investment in music, not just the ephemeral consumption of it. I think that there has to be a way for streaming or any future way we access music to fairly compensate the writers.”

She also didn’t forget about the young upcoming artists after her.

“I want to thank Billboard for deciding to make me Woman of the Year for the second time…I really just feel like we need to continue to try and 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. Today, right now, we need to take care of her. Thank you.”

The full speech is on Billboard. The Sparkly Dressed also got a birthday serenade by the one and only Icon of the Year, Aretha Franklin.

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Also honored at the event were Jesse J, Aretha Franklin, Ariana Grande, Idina Menzel, Haley Williams and Charli XCX. The very impressive Ingrid Michaelson covered Taylor Swift’s song Clean during the ceremony.

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I also wanted to highlight Gena’s introduction of Taylor which was brilliant!

“I’ve been fortunate to share in her transformation,” Gena said before introducing her. “Her ability to write and perform is incredible, but it’s her impact beyond music where she really shines…I found Taylor because of her music, but I stayed because of her character.” You can read the full story on Billboard.

Taylor will be at z100’s Jingle Ball 2014 in New York City, New York on December 12. She headlines New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest on December 31.

(Source: Billboard)
(Source: Billboard)

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(Sources: Billboard)