Taylor Swift can still play her own songs during her performance at the American Music Awards November 24. That is stated in a statement from record company Big Machine Records, which owns the rights of Taylor's music.
Last week the 29-year-old singer brought out a personal protest letter about the situation regarding her music rights and her former label Big Machine Label Group. They forbade Swift to play a medley of her best-known songs on the evening that she will be honored as the best artist of the decade.
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Performing old songs on television would be a form of re-recording her music. According to Swift's contract, this is only permitted from 2020. However, that has now been revised. Big Machine Records says it cannot ban this: "Artists do not have to get approval for live performances on television or elsewhere. That is only necessary for the distribution of audiovisual and audio recordings."
"Deeply impressed by her five number one hits"
In addition to her prize at AMA's next Sunday, the singer will receive the first ever 'Woman of the Decade Award' during Billboard's annual 'Women in Music Event' on 12 December. ET Online reports this. It is a brand new prize to honor the singer as the most talented music artist of the past ten years.
Swift is praised for its contributions to music education, cancer research and disaster relief. The organization is also deeply impressed by its five number one hits in the 'Billboard Hot 100' list, three worldwide stadium tours that have raised the highest amount ever and two Billboard Woman of the Year Awards (Taylor is the only one woman who received this prize twice).