It was a big night for Taylor Swift at the 2016 Grammy Awards as the songstress walked away with her second Album of the Year win for her multi-platinum album, 1989. In doing so, Swift becomes the only female artist to ever win the coveted Album of the Year trophy twice. She also still retains the title of youngest Album of the Year winner — she was just 20 years old when she won for her sophomore set, Fearless, back in 2010.
During her acceptance speech, Swift decided to strike back at rapper Kanye West after he released a song with a disparaging lyric about her. In his song, ‘Famous,’ he raps, “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex / Why? I made that bitch famous.” Swift was not impressed with West’s latest antics calling the lyric “misogynistic” in a statement released through her publicist earlier this week.
At the ceremony, Swift tackled the issue head on and had this to say about it:
“As the first woman to win Album of the Year at the Grammys twice, I wanna 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 sidetrack you, someday when you get where you’re going, you’ll look around and you’ll know that it was you and the people who love you that put you there, and that will be the greatest feeling in the world.”
Swift also took home the Grammy Awards for Best Pop Vocal Album (1989) and Best Music Video (‘Bad Blood’ feat. Kendrick Lamar) brining her career total to 10 Grammy awards. She becomes the first person to ever win both Best Country Album (Fearless) and Best Pop Vocal Album (1989).
Both of Swift’s albums that have gone on to win the Grammy’s for Album of the Year were undeniably breakthrough albums for the artist. 2008’s Fearless introduced Swift to audiences beyond the country landscape and she scored her first international hit with ‘Love Story.’ While 2014’s 1989 found Swift officially switching genres with her “first ever documented pop album.”
1989 spent a whopping 11 non-consecutive weeks atop the Billboard Hot 200 chart and remained in the Top 10 for an entire year, becoming just the fifth album in music history to do so. To date, 1989 has sold 5.7 million copies in the U.S. and 9.1 million worldwide. Expect those sales totals to grow even higher in the coming weeks as 1989 will surely enjoy a hefty sales bump after its historic Album of the Year win.