Taylor Swift is known for being outspoken for things she believes in. Many people quotes from her lyrics but also from the numerous speeches she has given over the years. Taylor Swift has made us laugh, cry, proud, sign petitions, and inspired us with her numerous speeches over the years.
Whether she is accepting one of the numerous awards she has won or is talking one on one to her fans at her concerts, Swift pours her entire heart into what she says and truly believes it can make a difference in the world.
It is hard to rank these in a certain order because they are all so inspiring in their own way. Here are just 5 of the many speeches Taylor Swift has given in her 13-year career.
Taylor Swift Speeches #5 – Woman of the Year Award – Billboard Music Awards – 2014
*Speech starts at 3:00*
This was the second time Billboard elected Swift at Woman of the Year. While inspiring many, she also made us laugh during her speech with her ‘mom jokes.’ She really stood up for herself in this era and acknowledges the changes that take place in the music industry. Swift was referencing that her album wouldn’t be available to stream on Apple Music because she wasn’t getting paid from the streams, which lead to her writing a letter to Apple. She won and now artists get royalties from their music on that platform.
Taylor Swift Speeches #4 – Tour of the Year Award – iHeart Radio Music Awards – 2019
Taylor Swift really loves her fans. Although the media said it would be a ‘flop tour,’ the fans made the reputation Stadium Tour the highest selling US tour in history. The whole speech was dedicated to her fans and if you didn’t tear up just a little bit when her voice cracked, then you are lying.
This speech happened before the ‘Lover’ era kicked off and fans were going crazy with theories. She acknowledged that and told fans they would be the first to know when new music would arrive, and they were.
#3 – “Snake” Speech – Reputation Stadium Tour – 2018
Swift’s reputation Tour was filled with many speeches, but this one struck a chord. She was called a snake on the internet and that name calling doesn’t have to end you; it can strengthen you. You value your reputation a lot and you should only care if you feel understood by the people who see you as human.
This was right before the “Long Live/ New Year’s Day” Mashup on piano. Again, her speech was different each night but delivered mostly the same message.
Seeing it live and seeing how emotional it made her, tore your heart apart if you were there. Don’t ever let anybody make your feel so low that you feel bad about yourself.
#2 – The 58 Grammy Awards – Album of the Year for ‘1989’ – 2016
*Speech starts at 0:50*
This may be one of her most iconic, viral, inspiring speeches of all time, especially with what is going on today. Not only was she the only woman nominated in the Album of the Year category in 2016, but she was the first woman to win Album of the Year at the Grammy’s twice.
In this speech, she subtly throws shade at people in her life who tried to take credit for her accomplishments and fame and tells all young women that if you have a strong support system around you and you focus on the work and not what others say about you, it will feel amazing.
#1 – “Clean” Speech – 1989 World Tour – Hyde Park – 2015
*Speech ends at 4:58*
Swift made this speech at every show during that tour. Sometimes it was a little different, but it always delivered the same message – people may feel or be different but others cannot tell you how to live your life or what you are or are not. Don’t compare yourself to others. We can be very mean to ourselves and we need to change that. She spoke this right before she sang her song “Clean.”
I witnessed this speech live and let me tell you, everyone was crying. People around you that you didn’t know were hugging you and embracing you and dancing with you after that and it was just a great feeling. People came together to celebrate differences, and everyone knew they weren’t alone.
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