Taylor Swift Shuts Down Kanye West with an Important Message for Young Women
Taylor Swift delivered an important message of empowerment for all young women during the star-studded 58th annual Grammy Awards Sunday night.
Swift opened her acceptance speech noting she is now the first woman to win "Album of the Year" for the second time in a row. And she couldn’t have found a better time to confront the lyrics targeting her success in a controversial new song by Kanye West. Listen to her inspiring words in the video below where she says:
"I want to say to all the young women out there: There are going to be people along the way who will try to undercut your success or take credit for your accomplishments or your fame. But if you just focus on the work and you don't let those people side-track you, someday when you get where you're going, you'll look around and you will know that it was you and the people who love you who put you there. And that will be the greatest feeling in the world. Thank you for this moment."
Critics are pointing out that her message appeals to the misogynistic lyrics in West's new song, "Famous," where he alleges he made Swift famous. The line states: "I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex. I made that b*tch famous."
A spokesperson for Swift revealed that she warned West of the misogynistic lyric after the rapper called her not for approval, but to release the single on her Twitter account. On Twitter, West claimed he spoke with Swift about the lyric.
3rd thing I called Taylor and had a hour long convo with her about the line and she thought it was funny and gave her blessings
— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 12, 2016
While the ceremony featured memorable performances from Kendrick Lamar and Lady Gaga, Swift's acceptance speech during the final moments of the Grammys garnered numerous responses of support and inspiration across social media.
— Claire Conklin (@ClaireConklin17) February 16, 2016
— Ira Alif Syabil (@liverpool_98) February 16, 2016
— Ana Salles (@aninhascl) February 16, 2016
— Nancy Lee Grahn (@NancyLeeGrahn) February 16, 2016
Last year, Swift also delivered words that embraced feminism as an essential movement.
"Misogyny is ingrained in people from the time they are born. So to me, feminism is probably the most important movement that you could embrace, because it’s just basically another word for equality," she said in an interview.
We're hoping Swift's powerful message reminds young women to believe in their own success while recognizing those who truly help them to get there.
Photo Credit: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images