Taylor Swift won artist of the year — again — at the AMAs, but says she wasn’t at the show because she’s busy rerecording her old music
This is the third year in a row that Swift has won artist of the year at the American Music Awards, which took place on Sunday.
“The reason I’m not there tonight is I’m actually recording all of my old music in the studio where we originally recorded it,” Swift said in the video, according to Variety. “So it’s been amazing and I can’t wait for you to hear it.”
Swift has been vocal for some time about her plans to rerecord her first five albums, and her contract legally allowed her to do so beginning Nov. 1, according to People magazine.
After it was revealed last week that music executive Scooter Braun had sold Swift’s master recordings of her early albums to a private equity company, Swift wrote on social media that she had “recently begun rerecording my older music,” the Deseret News reported.
At the American Music Awards on Sunday, Swift not only won artist of the year, but also took the awards for favorite music video and favorite pop/rock female artist, according to Fox News.
Swift has a total of 32 wins at the AMAs, which is a record for the awards show, according to CNN.
During her acceptance speech for artist of the year, Swift thanked her fans for their support.
“This is a fan-voted award, which means so much to me,” Swift said, according to People. “You guys have been beyond wonderful all the years of my career but especially this one when we’ve been so far apart, and we haven’t been able to see each other in concert. I still feel really connected to you through the music.”