Taylor Swift released albums back-to-back in less than a year, won some major Grammy Awards, and now her global icon status is official! The folklore songstress, 31, accepted the Global Icon Award at the 2021 BRIT Awards on May 11, and was as gracious as ever upon receiving the highly coveted honor.
“I want to thank the BRITs or anyone who decided I would be worthy of this incredible honor. I’m really, really proud to be a part of this musical community,” Taylor Swift said in her acceptance speech, adding her gratitude to the NHS for all of their “help and support” during the pandemic.
“I am so indebted and grateful to my British fans,” Taylor sweetly said, referencing her 15 years visiting and touring in the United Kingdom. She also thanked those with whom she worked to make her albums that came out over the course of quarantine, including her partner for four years, boyfriend Joe Alwyn!
When saying his name, Taylor Swift even paused and flashed a sweet smile at the camera, and said “I want to thank my friends and family, who know exactly who they are,” and continued reflecting on how “you have to look around you every day and take note of the people who never stopped believing in you.”
The singer closed her thoughtful words with some advice to up-and-coming artists. “You have the right to prove them wrong,” the blonde singer with new bangs ended her speech, reminding musicians and singers to shut out the cynicism and criticism and do their work.
She also thanked friends Selena Gomez and Ed Sheeran for surprising her at the BRITS. Prior to making her appearance on the telecast, Taylor Swift showed off her stunning look, rocking a dazzling silver crop top and a matching skirt. Taylor’s hair was worn down and she sported her fringe with soft makeup.
“Spinning in my highest heels, luv,” she captioned the images, referencing her song “Mirrorball” from folklore. Taylor Swift, who is 1.8 m tall, becomes the first female artist and the first non-English entertainer to win the award.
Part of BRITS' History
The song writer is preceded by Elton John (2014), David Bowie (2016, posthumously) and Robbie Williams (2017). Taylor Swift earns the award “in recognition of her immense impact on music across the world and incredible repertoire and achievements to date,” per Billboard.
Of course, Taylor Swift is no stranger to the BRIT Awards stage. The singer earned her very first nomination at the popular awards show back in 2010 for International Breakthrough Artist.
She earned her first BRIT Award in 2015, for International Female Solo Artist. At this year’s BRIT Awards, Taylor Swift is also nominated for International Female Solo Artist again, and she’s in good company, with fellow nominees Billie Eilish, Cardi B, Ariana Grande, and Miley Cyrus repping for America.