Taylor Swift Is Now Allowed to Perform Her Old Music at the 2019 AMAs Amid Battle

Superstar Taylor Swift can perform her old hit songs at the upcoming 2019 American Music Awards. Read a statement about the agreement with Big Machine Records!

By Jess Cohen Nov 18, 2019 7:43 PMTags

Taylor Swift will be able to sing her old music catalog at the 2019 American Music Awards this Sunday, or so it seems.

Following major bad blood with Scooter Braun and Big Machine Records' Scott Borchetta last week, Big Machine Label Group released a statement regarding the upcoming award show.

"The Big Machine Label Group and Dick Clark Productions announce that they have come to terms on a licensing agreement that approves their artists' performances to stream post show and for re-broadcast on mutually approved platforms," Big Machine Label Group said in a statement on Monday. "This includes the upcoming American Music Awards performances."

"It should be noted that recording artists do not need label approval for live performances on television or any other live media," the statement concluded. "Record label approval is only needed for contracted artists' audio and visual recordings and in determining how those works are distributed."

However, Dick Clark Productions has now responded, revealing that they never authorized Big Machine's statement.

"At no time did Dick Clark Productions agree to, create, authorize or distribute a statement in partnership with Big Machine Label Group regarding Taylor Swift's performance at the 2019 American Music Awards," the statement reads. "Any final agreement on this matter needs to be made directly with Taylor Swift's management team. We have no further comment."

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Swift, who has been in an ongoing music battle with Braun and Borchetta for months, took to social media on Thursday, Nov. 14, to call out the duo for blocking her from performing her old hit songs at the 2019 AMAs, where she's set to receive the Artist of the Decade Award. In her post, Swift revealed that she was planning to perform a medley of her hit songs, but was now unable to.

"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. "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 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."

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"Scott Borchetta told my team that they'll allow me to use my music only if I do 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," the 29-year-old star continued. "I feel very strongly that sharing what is happening to me could change the awareness level for other artists and potentially help them avoid a similar fate. The message being sent to me is very clear. Basically, be a good little girl and shut up. Or you'll be punished."

"The Man" artist went on to tell her fans that she just wants to be able to perform her OWN music.

"I've tried to work this out privately through my team but have not been able to resolve anything," she shared. "Right now my performance at the AMA's, the Netflix documentary and any other recorded events I am planning to play until November of 2020 are a question mark."


Swift's music battle became public in June, when the "Lover" singer took to Tumblr to react to the news that Braun had acquired Big Machine Records, the label under which Swift released her first six award-winning albums. In her message, Swift—who is now signed with Republic Records and Universal Music Group—said she felt "sad and grossed out" by the move, which was coordinated with Borchetta.

"For years I asked, pleaded for a chance to own my work. Instead I was given an opportunity to sign back up to Big Machine Records and 'earn' one album back at a time, one for every new one I turned in," Swift explained at the time. "I walked away because I knew once I signed that contract, Scott Borchetta would sell the label, thereby selling me and my future. I had to make the excruciating choice to leave behind my past. Music I wrote on my bedroom floor and videos I dreamed up and paid for from the money I earned playing in bars, then clubs, then arenas, then stadiums."

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