Thursday’s iHeartRadio Music Awards were kind of a fairytale for Taylor Swift. The singer walked away with two honors: best music video for “Delicate” and tour of the year.
When Swift, 29, accepted the award for her “Reputation” tour in a sparkling romper, she took the opportunity to call out her doubters.
“I think one of the most wonderful things about the way that this whole tour turned out is that for, like, the entire six months leading up to the first show of this tour, every headline that I read about the tour was, ‘This is going to be a massive failure. This is going to be a flop tour,’ ” she said. “And it really did wonders for my self-esteem. It was really great to hear people saying that I was going to be playing to nearly empty stadiums.”
“I’ve learned a lot. I’ve learned a lot,” Swift continued. “One of the things I’ve learned is that life is really unpredictable, and people can make forecasts, and they can make predictions, but those predictions and forecasts may not come true if there is an unforeseeable factor involved. And that unforeseeable factor, in this case, was my fans.”
After cheers and applause died down from the audience, Swift continued. “I honestly owe everything – everything – in my life to you.”
The “Look What You Made Me Do” singer went on to acknowledge both those that came to see her on tour and those who took in the tour via Netflix “on the couch with your dog.”
“You guys were the reason why this tour – the only reason why this tour wasn’t a massive failure, and why it ended up being the highest-selling tour in U.S. history,” she said. “That’s only you.”
Before she left, Swift appeared to give a nod to those theorists out there and their suspicions about a seventh album.
“I also just wanted to say before I go that I love your passion, I love your attention to detail, I love how much you care, and I love seeing all the things that you’re posting online,” she said, “and I just wanted to let you know that when there’s new music, you will be the first to know. I love you so much.”