Taylor Swift scored the coveted Album of the Year award at the 2016 Grammys Monday night. However, during her speech at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, she may have managed to get in a jab at Kanye West.
The singer, who opened the show with her song “Out of the Woods,” thanked her fans and co-workers first. Then she had a message for her female fans.
“As the first woman to win Album of the Year at the Grammys twice,” Swift said, “I want to say to all of 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 know it was you and the people who love you who put you there and that’ll be the greatest feeling.”
— Kaitlyn. (@KClevenger24) February 16, 2016
She could’ve been subtly acknowledging Kanye West, whose song “Famous” references Swift. “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex,” West raps. “Why? I made that b---- famous.”
West claimed Swift approved the track, but Swift’s reps denied that. “Kanye did not call for approval, but to ask Taylor to release his single 'Famous' on her Twitter account. She declined and cautioned him about releasing a song with such a strong misogynistic message,” her rep told E! Online. “Taylor was never made aware of the actual lyric, 'I made that b---- famous.'”
Swift won Album of the Year for her 2015 LP “1989.” The singer was nominated against Kendrick Lamar’s “To Pimp A Butterfly,” Alabama Shakes’ “Sound and Color,” The Weeknd’s “Beauty Behind The Madness” and Chris Stapleton’s “Traveller.”
The 2016 Grammy Awards aired Monday on CBS. For a refresher on the nominees, click HERE.