The 2016 Billboard Music Awards: Taylor Swift wins Top Touring Artist

Long live the 1989 World Tour, Taylor Nation 🙂

(Source: Taylor Swift via Twitter)
(Source: Taylor Swift via Twitter)

Taylor Swift might not have had a sweep at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards last night, May 22. She was not even present. However, she certainly had one accolade from one triumph from last year we’ll never forget.

The 1989 World Tour got the Enchantress the Top Touring Artist award win. It’s no small feat, and to be honest if anything of Taylor’s deserves time in the spotlight, it was only fair that the tour would be the one thing you’d want to specifically remember from last year. The Blonde With The Sparkly 1989 Microphone is, after all, on a break (yes, seriously).

Here at the Swift Agency, just a guy who thinks that everyone should have their time in the spotlight, we’d like to congratulate the winners. Adele took a slew of awards including Top Artist and Top Billboard 200 Album for her 25. So did The Weeknd including Top 100 Artist and Top Song Sales Artist. Celine Dion got an Icon Award and brought the thunder with Queen’s “The Show Must Go On”. Kesha had her moment in the sun singing Bob Dylan’s “It Ain’t Me Babe”.

Each one of these award shows is always a mixed bag as opinions are really polarized. So instead of telling you what I didn’t like or what I think could’ve been done better, I’d rather just say I missed the Sparkly Dressed most of all, in her usual spot: dancing in the front row.

Coming up next in the Calendar:

(Sources: 2016 Billboard Music Awards)

1989 Tour Melbourne: The time of my life with you. Long live the 1989 World Tour!

Please tell them her name, Taylor Nation.

(Source: Taylor Swift via Instagram)
(Source: Taylor Swift via Instagram)

If I had to pick one song from Taylor’s catalogue as my all-time favorite, I would have an impossible time doing it but I would be sad if I didn’t pick Long Live. Ever since we first hear it sung at the top of a double decker bus in Hollywood, California before its release with the Speak Now album, it has been the iconic arena-rock nostalgia anthem that hits you right in the gut.

(Source: Taylor Swift via Instagram)
(Source: Taylor Swift via Instagram)

For the last show in Australia and the final concert night of the 1989 World Tour, there’s no other song that could’ve summed up the feels that everyone had that night. The three nights in Melbourne were the last love letter from the Blonde With The Sparkly 1989 Microphone.

You Are In Love and Fifteen were the surprise songs sang acoustically from the B Stage on December 10 and December 11. For December 12, she didn’t leave anybody breathing with Long Live. To everyone, bands, dancers, road crew, sound techs and fans… You will be remembered.

For all the coverage, I have to thank official Twitter account @taylornation13 and the superb fan-run @TSwiftOnTour. However, I’d also like to thank accounts @belleswift17, @tswiftfanatic29, @TaySwiftAus, @tswiftdotcom, @TSwiftNZ, @HipsterTSwift@TT4Taylor and @TSwiftLA for all the concert updates! I know there’s many more I’m forgetting here, so my apologies to everyone I forgot.

Up next, someone’s 26 years old.

(Source: Kamilah Marshall via Instagram)
(Source: Kamilah Marshall via Instagram)

Coming up in the Calendar:

  • December 13: According to T, it’s going to be a quiet one this year.
  • January 6: People’s Choice Awards. Taylor is nominated for Favorite Female ArtistFavorite Pop Artist, Favorite Song for “Bad Blood” and Favorite Social Media Celebrity. Remember to Vote!
  • February 15: It’s the 58th Annual Grammy Awards! Taylor is nominated for Album of the Year for 1989, Record of the Year for “Blank Space”, Song of the Year for “Blank Space”, Best Pop Solo Performance for “Blank Space”, Best Pop Duo Group/Performance for “Bad Blood”, Best Pop Vocal Album for 1989 and Best Music Video for “Bad Blood”.

(Sources: #1989TourMelbourne via Twitter)

1989 Tour Adelaide: She belongs with you. Two nights with the Sparkly Dressed!

I’m the one who understands you, Taylor Nation.

1989-tour-adelaide-crowd

The Queen of Sparks took Adelaide into a warm hug and rocked their world at the Entertainment Center on December 7 and 8. All You Had To Do Was Stay and This Love seem to have been taken away from the set list. The secret songs in the acoustic set during the B Stage performance were You Are In Love and You Belong With Me. The seven-GRAMMY-award winner singer/songwriter has already been nominated for seven more GRAMMY awards.

And in the words of the Sparkly Dressed… There is only one city left on the 1989 World Tour. See you soon, Melbourne! 💋

Coming up in the Calendar:

  • December 7: The 1989 World Tour – Adelaide, Australia – Entertainment Center.
  • December 8: The 1989 World Tour – Adelaide, Australia – Entertainment Center.
  • December 10: The 1989 World Tour – Melbourne, Australia – AAMI Park.
  • December 11: The 1989 World Tour – Melbourne, Australia – AAMI Park.
  • December 12: The 1989 World Tour – Melbourne, Australia – AAMI Park.
  • December 13: According to T, it’s going to be a quiet one this year.

(Sources: Taylor Swift via Instagram)

1989 Tour Brisbane: The best thing that’s ever been mine

(Source: Taylor Swift via Instagram)
(Source: Taylor Swift via Instagram)

I can see it now, Taylor Nation.

The Blonde With The Sparkly 1989 Microphone played the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia to the delight of 50,000 people. Mine was the surprise song sang acoustically. She had no surprise guests but she did bring This Love back to the setlist.

According to news.com.au, she reminisced about Brisbane being the first city she played in Australia some seven years ago: “Back then seven years ago I was playing a club tour, I was playing really small venues, bars and clubs and having the best time with you so I decided I’ve got to keep coming back and it seems like it was just yesterday but now you’ve gone and filled up this giant stadium haven’t you.”

Strangely enough, that might be the era that I miss most. The time in which she was getting big enough that you could find a gig in a city you could travel to but you didn’t have the crazy amount of production she does nowadays. Bigger might be better in the long run, but there’s something to be said about getting to see an artist you love at a smaller venue, playing acoustically close to your face. Nowadays, she does manage to give you a glimpse as the propeller spins around the stadiums but some nostalgia still can get you right in the feels.

Mine was dedicated to Rachel, a young girl that was killed in a car accident and always identified herself with this song. Her friends, family and fans have been using the #MineForRachel hashtag on Twitter to convince the Forever and Always Fearless One to sing it for her. Wish granted.

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The fact she doesn’t have the crazy surprise guests doesn’t sound so bad to me. You get one extra song from the Enchantress. And sometimes it can even be one of your favorite ones. Yes, I wish I could’ve heard Wonderland live. Not gonna happen.

Up next, double show in Adelaide on December 7 and 8. Enjoy the 1989 World Tour, Australia!

Coming up in the Calendar:

  • December 5: The 1989 World Tour – Brisbane, Australia – Suncorp Stadium.
  • December 7: The 1989 World Tour – Adelaide, Australia – Entertainment Center.
  • December 8: The 1989 World Tour – Adelaide, Australia – Entertainment Center.
  • December 10: The 1989 World Tour – Melbourne, Australia – AAMI Park.
  • December 11: The 1989 World Tour – Melbourne, Australia – AAMI Park.
  • December 12: The 1989 World Tour – Melbourne, Australia – AAMI Park.

(Sources: news.com.au)

The 1989 World Tour Team Taylor: Thanks for all you do. Vacation time at Hamilton Island

From everyone in the fandom to everyone in Team Taylor, thanks for all your hard work!

(Source: Taylor Swift's Instagram)
(Source: Taylor Swift’s Instagram)

Here at the Swift Agency, just a guy that is a proud citizen of the Taylor Nation, we’ve been holding out for a bit. For a while, news and candid shots have come in about the Sparkly Dressed’s private party for her entire team on Hamilton Island. So who was invited? Team Taylor almost in full. The press not that much, Taylor would rather spend some quiet time.

In case I’ve never defined it before, here are some of the most common (and some uncommon) definitions of who’s who in Team Taylor.

The Agency: Insider’s name for the band, which members have changed through the years, but they’re still there. In order of longevity they are: Amos J. Heller (bass), Paul Sidoti (guitar), Mike Meadows (guitar), David Cook (keyboards) and Matt Billingslea (drums). David Cook is also the musical director for the tour. Mike Meadows switches instruments and sometimes you can see him playing keyboards as well. Sometimes I include the backup singers with the band, sometimes they do their own thing. The horn section is still present in the Profiles page, but apparently they didn’t tour with Taylor and were just part of the promos during the 1989 album launch. Update: There is an improvised horn section during “Shake It Off” during the tour concert.

The Starlights: A name given to the backup singers back on March 16, 2013 by a young fan named Emma when the recently formed fearsome foursome had just appeared for promo appearances before the RED Tour (which incidentally, I capitalize on a whim). The backup singers are currently Kamilah Marshall, Melanie Nyema, Clare Turton and Eliotte Nicole.

The Dancers: They change for every tour and there’s a ton of them so I’m afraid I can’t name all of them. I can recognize Mason Cutler and Mark Villaver, both of whom I’ve run into during the 1989 Tour in Montreal and were part of the RED Tour as well.

The Crew: Everyone who sets up the stage and the sound system as well as the truck drivers and the security team that makes each concert a joy to behold plus have to clean up after us afterwards. I often enough will use the term to refer to everyone who’s touring with Taylor currently.

13 Management: Taylor’s very own management company. Image, product placement, etc.

Big Machine Group Label / Big Machine Records: They put Taylor’s music on the radio, sell albums and promote her as well. They are not directly in charge of the tour.

Taylor Nation (social media): Yes, I categorize the Taylor Nation in two. These fine folk are the ones that interact with the fans on social media and convey our opinions and thoughts back to 13 Management and Taylor Swift.

Taylor Nation (the fandom a.k.a the “Swifties” – this means you): The older and strongest relationship that Taylor Swift has ever had. The name “Taylor Nation” was born back when T-Swizzle was still working her own social media on MySpace.

The Squad: Taylor’s inner circle of friends, a lot of them celebrities. I’ve also called them “the Swifterhood”.

Team Taylor: I usually use this term for everyone who actually makes a living working for the Blonde With The Sparkly Guitar. I also use it to imply everyone who’s on Taylor’s side / corner – so you can consider yourself part of Team Taylor as well.

And before you say it, yes I know that picture of Taylor with Austin is from South Island in New Zealand. I just thought it would be fun to throw it in there. The Enchantress continues her tour in Brisbane, Australia on December 5.

Coming up in the Calendar:

  • December 5: The 1989 World Tour – Brisbane, Australia – Suncorp Stadium.
  • December 7: The 1989 World Tour – Adelaide, Australia – Entertainment Center.
  • December 8: The 1989 World Tour – Adelaide, Australia – Entertainment Center.
  • December 10: The 1989 World Tour – Melbourne, Australia – AAMI Park.
  • December 11: The 1989 World Tour – Melbourne, Australia – AAMI Park.
  • December 12: The 1989 World Tour – Melbourne, Australia – AAMI Park.

(Sources: Taylor Swift via Instagram)