Taylor Swift isn’t happy. And now, she is telling everyone why.
On Thursday (Nov. 14,) Swift headed to her social media to express her displeasure with Scooter Braun and Big Machine Label co-founder Scott Borchetta. Amongst other things, Swift told fans that she might not be able to perform at the American Music Awards (AMAs) later this month since the well known manager and Swift’s former label head has ‘declined the use of my older music or performance footage.’
“”Guys – it’s been announced recently that the American Music Awards will be honoring me with the Artist of the Decade awards at this years’s ceremony. I’ve been planning to perform a medley of my hits throughout the decade on the show,”wrote Swift, who is scheduled to received the Artist of the Decade award at the popular awards show. “Scott Borchetta and Scooter Braun have now said that I’m not allowed to perform my old songs on television because they claim that would be re-recording my music before I’m allowed to next year.”
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She continued, “Additionally – and this isn’t the way I had planned on telling you this news – Netflix has created a documentary about my life for the past few years. Scott ad Scooter have declined the use of my older music or performance footage for this project, even though there is no mention of either of them or Big Machine Records anywhere in the film.”
Scott Borchetta told my team that they’ll allow me to use my music only if I don these things: If I agree to not re-record copycat versions of my songs next year (which is something I’m both legally allowed to do and looking forward to) and also told my team that I need to stop talking about him and Scooter Braun. I feel very strongly about sharing what is happening to me could change the awareness level for other artists and potentially help them avoid a smiliar fate.”
Don’t know what else to do pic.twitter.com/1uBrXwviTS
— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) November 14, 2019
Soon after tweeting out her feelings, may of Swift’s friends and confidants in the industry spoke out in solidarity with the music superstar.
“My heart is so heavy right now,” Selena Gomez wrote on her Instagram story. “It makes me sick and extremely angry.”
— Taylor Swift Facts (@blessedswifty) November 15, 2019
Gigi Hadid, who coincidentally attended the CMA Awards earlier this week alongside Female Artist of the Year winner Kacey Musgraves, also tweeted out her support for the Grammy winner.
“Scott and Scooter, y0u know what the right thing to do is,” the model wrote. “Taylor and her fans deserve to celebrate music.”
Scott and Scooter, you know what the right thing to do is 🙏🙏
Taylor and her fans deserve to celebrate the music!!
— Gigi Hadid (@GiGiHadid) November 15, 2019
“The message being sent to me is very clear,”Swift concluded. “Basically, be a good little girl and shut up. Or you’ll be punished. This is WRONG. Neither of these men had a hand in the writing of those songs. They did nothing to create the relationship I have with my fans. So this where I’m asking for your help.”
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“I Just want to be able to perform MY OWN music. That’s it. I’ve tried to work this out privately through my team but have not been able to resolve anything. Right now my performance at the AMA’s, the Netflix documentary and any other recorded events I am planning to play until November 2020 are a question mark. I love you guys and I thought you should know what’s been going on.”