Taylor Swift received the 2022 American Music Award for favourite pop album for her 2021 LP, ‘Red (Taylor’s Version)’, dazzling the crowd with a shimmering gold jumpsuit and a cascade of blonde hair.
Swift hugged Sabrina Carpenter, who was sitting next to her, before coming to the stage. She clutched her award while saying, “This album is a re-rerecorded album, and I cannot tell you how much my re-recorded albums mean to me. I never expected or assumed they would mean anything to you, so I can’t thank you enough for caring about this album that I’m so proud of.”
She continued by thanking her producer, Chris Rowe for “re-creating and elevating” ‘Red’, all the musicians who appeared on the vault tracks, including Chris Stapleton and Phoebe Bridgers. The pop star also thanked her live touring band for contributing to the album, Sadie Sink and Dylan O’Brien, who appeared in the music video and all the other featured artists. Swift also complimented Miles Teller and his stunning wife Kelly Teller for appearing in the music video for ‘I Bet You Think About Me,’ directed by her pal Blake Lively.
“To the fans, I cannot thank you enough,” Swift concluded. “This is so special, thank you.”
The re-recording of Taylor Swift’s 2012 album ‘Red’, titled ‘Red (Taylor’s Version)’, began in 2019 after Scooter Braun’s Ithaca Holdings purchased the master recordings of six of Swift’s albums. According to Luminate, ‘Red (Taylor’s Version)’ achieved 1.94 million equivalent album units between its release day and the first week of the month, compared to 220,000 equivalent album units for the original ‘Red’ during the same time frame.
Swift also took up the prizes for Favorite Female Pop Artist, Favorite Female Country Artist, Favorite Country Album and Favorite Music Video at the AMAs. She expressed her gratitude to her collaborators and fans while winning the favorite music video AMA award for ‘All Too Well: The Short Film’.
“This short film was 10 years in the making, and the only reason I got to write and direct this short film is that you, the fans, chose the song ‘All Too Well.’ You chose it. No one at a record label chose it. You picked it, you said, ‘That is the song that matters to us.’ And it just so happened that that is the song that mattered the most to me. So I’m very happy we agreed on that,” Swift said. “So the people who helped me make this, I really want to say, I will say this forever — Sadie Sink and Dylan O’Brien, thank you so much for trusting me as a director with your immense, incredible talent. I wanna say thank you to me DP Rina Yang, I wanna say thank you to my producer Saul Germaine, my production designer Ethan Tobman, my editor Ted Guard, and the entire crew that worked with us on this. I’m so proud of it, I’m so happy you like it too. This is so special and wonderful and… ahhhhh!! Thank you! Thank you for this!”
Swift brought the evening to a thrilling conclusion by taking home the artist of the year trophy.
“You know, in the past few years, I have released more music than I have in the entire decade preceding that,” she said while accepting this award. “And I really feel like that’s down to the fact that you, the fans, made it clear that you wanted to hear lots of music that I would make. You encouraged me. And so I found that the more music I made, the most music I put out, the happier I was, the more I just kept that channel open and kept creating, kept making things, and the more that happened, the more you guys were like ‘yay, keep doing it!’…I cannot express how unbelievable it is to me that I still get to do this and that you still care, so thank you underlined with 13 exclamation points. I don’t know what to say. I love you.”