Taylor Swift’s switch from country to pop has been rewarded with her second Grammy Award win for album of the year.
Swift was shocked when she won the night’s top prize for 1989, beating Kendrick Lamar, Chris Stapleton, Alabama Shakes and the Weeknd. Swift used her speech to encourage young women who feel defeated at times or discouraged by others.
“There will be people along the way that will try to undercut your success or take credit for your accomplishments or your fame. You just focus on the work and don’t let those people sidetrack you,” she said.
Her speech could be directed partly to Kanye West, who recently said in a new song that he made Swift famous after he stole her microphone at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards.
Swift, who won the album of the year Grammy for Fearless in 2009, walked away Monday with three awards, including best pop vocal album and music video for Bad Blood, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Alabama Shakes also won three awards, though Lamar was the night’s big winner with five.
He won best rap album for To Pimp a Butterfly as well as rap performance, rap song, rap/sung performance and music video.