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Taylor Swift Had A Big Night At The AMA's And Took The High Road

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By Sarah Veldman

The American Music Awards are a big event every year, and this time audiences were holding their breath, and jumping up and down with anticipation at what drama might unfold.

No stranger to awards show feuds (we all remember the Kanye West incident at the 2009 VMA's,) Taylor Swift was heading into a big night.

Viewers were particularly excited to see what she would do amid her ongoing battle with Scooter Braun and Scott Borchetta after it was reported she might be banned from performing songs off her previous album.

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How Did We Get Here?

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In November 2018, Swift left Big Machine Records and in doing so lost all ownership to her first 6 albums. Scooter Braun bought the record company in a deal worth hundreds of millions of dollars and offered Swift the chance to buy back her music, which she refused.

Things have gotten pretty ugly and the nine-time Grammy winner accused the music mogul of denying her the right to perform any of her old songs, previous to her recent album "Lover."

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Swift posted a statement to her website appealing to fans, "Please let Scott Borchetta and Scooter Braun know how you feel about this. Scooter also manages several artists who I really believe care about other artists and their work. Please ask them for help with this—I’m hoping that maybe they can talk some sense into the men who are exercising tyrannical control over someone who just wants to play the music she wrote.”

Ever since, Scooter Braun has claimed he and his family have been receiving death threats, and has asked to smooth things over in a statement on Instagram.

Taylor Makes A Big Entrance At The AMA's

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Swift showed up to the AMA's on Sunday night looking fabulous as ever and looked as if she was out for blood.

She wore a green, sequined gown cut high on one side, and over-the-knee black boots with her hair pulled back. In other words, she walked down the red carpet with an attitude.

The big story surrounding the AMA's was what Swift would do about the recent drama, and what she would say. What songs would she perform? Would she make a statement about the ongoing feud?

Taylor Performed Some Of Her Most Iconic Songs

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She got on stage and performed a medley of her some of her most popular songs over the last decade, starting with "The Man" from her most recent album "Lover." In it, she sings, "I'm so sick of running as fast as I can, wondering if I'd get there quicker if I was a man." That was possibly the only dig she would make at her previous label the whole night.

She then continued with "Love Story," "Fearless," and "Blank Space." She was joined by Camila Cabello and Halsey to perform "Shake It Off."

She Wins Big With No Mention Of Her Feud

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Swift won big last night, scooping up 4 awards, including Artist Of The Year, and was presented with an honorary Artist Of The Decade award.

In part of her speech she heaped praise upon Carole King, who presented her with the award, saying, "[My parents] would listen to Tapestry and all your other records in high school," she told King. "Then, when they met and they got their own house, they took those records with them there. And then when they had my brother and I, they played those records for us. And...when I fell in love with music, it was right around the time I realized how marvelous it was that an artist could transcend so many different phases and changes in people's lives. So you taught me that that's a possibility."

However, there was no mention of her ongoing battle with Scooter Braun, and she said, "All that matters to me is the memories that I have had with you guys, with you the fans, over the years."

Clearly, Swift took the high road last night and looked even better for it.

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