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Taylor Swift, American Music Awards’ Artist of the Decade, May Back Out of Performing at the Ceremony

Nov 15, 2019  •  Post A Comment

Pop superstar Taylor Swift said her scheduled performance later this month at the American Music Awards, where she will officially be named the organization’s Artist of the Decade, is a “question mark.”

Swift posted a message to fans on her Instagram and Twitter accounts saying she has been blocked from performing her older songs. She said she had planned to perform a medley of her hits from throughout the decade.

“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,” Swift wrote. Braun and Borchetta own Swift’s older catalog.

“The 29-year-old singer-songwriter has loudly spoken out against her old master recordings falling into the hands of the music manager Braun, who bought them by acquiring Borchetta’s Big Machine Label Group in June,” the AP reports. “Swift has used the sale and its aftermath to publicly advocate for the rights of artists and to further a feud with the two men.”

Swift also said on social media that other projects are in jeopardy, notably an upcoming Netflix documentary about her.

“Netflix has created a documentary about my life for the past few years,” she wrote. “Scott and 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.”

The Big Machine Label Group offered its own take on the situation, saying in a statement Friday that “at no point did we say Taylor could not perform on the AMAs or block her Netflix special. In fact, we do not have the right to keep her from performing live anywhere.”

But Swift indicated that Braun and Borchetta will only allow her to perform at the AMAs if she agrees to scrap plans to record copycat versions of her old songs, something she has said she intends to do starting next November.

“The message being sent to me is very clear,” Swift wrote. “Basically, be a good little girl and shut up. Or you’ll be punished.”

The AMAs are scheduled for Nov. 24.

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