Courage, Feminism, and The Journey: Album of the Year Winner Taylor Swift

Feb 22, 2016

Congratulations to Taylor Swift for winning the coveted “Album of the Year” Grammy Award! The category was steeped in competition this year with nominees including Kendrick Lamar’s “To Pimp a Butterfly.” Taylor’s album 1989 was a standout, completely deserving of this win. 1989 made headlines as Taylor’s full departure from the country genre, establishing herself as a prominent pop star. 1989 has sold a record breaking 8.3 million copies worldwide, one of the fastest selling albums in history.

This win marks a milestone for the Grammy’s and Taylor personally, she is the first woman to win in this category twice, previously winning for “Fearless” in 2010. Her acceptance speech took advantage of this proudly feminist moment as she encouraged aspiring female musicians to work hard and take pride in their accomplishments along the way. Her track record of success is inspiring for women of all ages.

However, we can’t forget to mention how Swift’s acceptance speech might be interpreted as a slight to Kanye West who earlier that week in his song “Famous” controversially implied that Swift became famous because of him, referring to their 2009 VMA clash. Taylor Swift told fans not to let anyone take credit for their accomplishments and fame. We can’t help but think these two public events are linked somehow? Does this connection to Kanye downplay the feminism and encouragement in her speech? Or should we applaud Taylor for sticking up for herself through this platform?