Taylor Swift Gives Emotional Speech After Sweeping the VMAs With Nine Wins

Taylor Swift is adding even more gold prizes to her trophy rack, and absolutely no one is surprised.

The singer won Best Pop music video and Best Song for “Anti-Hero” at the start of the 2023 MTV Video Music Awards and gave an emotional acceptance speech that quickly went viral.

“I love making pop music, I love making pop music videos, I also love making country,” the Grammy winner told the star-studded crowd at New Jersey’s Prudential Center as she accepted her second award. “I love slinking around different genres, and the only reason I’m allowed to do that is because you, the fans, gave me the opportunity to do this.”

She added, “One big adventure, and it’s all so much to challenge myself to make music that’s different than what I made last, and I just love you for it. But I really love making pop music, so thank you so, so, so much.”

newark, new jersey september 12 taylor swift accepts the best pop award for anti hero onstage the 2023 mtv video music awards at prudential center on september 12, 2023 in newark, new jersey photo by theo wargogetty images for mtv
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Swift also gave a shout-out to her producer, Jack Antonoff, and their first collaboration together, her 2014 album 1989. “We’ll be making music together until 2089,” she said.

As the night continued, Swift collected more wins, including Artist of the Year and Video of the Year—for the second year in a row. She won Video of the Year at the 2022 VMAs for “All Too Well (10 Minute Version) (Taylor’s Version)” and is now the first artist to have won Video of the Year four times.

Swift went into the night with 11 nominations—the most of the night—and left with nine wins, making her the second-most-awarded artist in the show’s history. She is also tied for the most wins in one night.

“This is unbelievable. The fact that this is a fan-voted award means so much to me,” Swift said in her final acceptance speech. “Based on the memories that we’ve made recently, I’ve just been on a tour that has been the most joyful and exhilarating experience, and we’re not even halfway done. It really felt like the adventure of a lifetime this past year. I cannot believe that it was a year ago that I announced the Midnights album. And all I have to say tonight is: Thank you. I’m blown away.”

newark, new jersey september 12 l r chancler haynes, rina yang, and taylor swift accept the video of the year award for anti hero onstage during the 2023 mtv video music awards at prudential center on september 12, 2023 in newark, new jersey photo by noam galaigetty images for mtv
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The pop star, who has made waves and broken records this year with her Eras Tour, dressed in a very Reputation-esque ensemble for the big night: a slinky black Versace dress and layers of gold and diamond jewelry. The dress featured an asymmetric neckline, ruched details, and golden buttons throughout, including across the bodice. It also included a super high leg slit. Swift paired it with strappy black sandals and layers of golden chains and diamond choker necklaces; she also wore glimmering diamond cluster earrings and several bracelets and rings.

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