Taylor Swift Accepts Middle Finger NME Award: "It's a Strange Compliment"

"Out of the Woods" singer has an interesting trophy to add to her collection

By Francesca Bacardi Feb 19, 2016 1:50 PMTags

Taylor Swift has to start moving her Grammys over because she has another award to add to her shelves.

The 1989 singer won the award for Best International Solo Artist at the 2016 NME Awards but unfortunately couldn't attend the event. As a result, Taylor had to send a pre-recorded acceptance video to say thank you for the award, and in it she shows off the unusual trophy. Unlike the Grammys' gramophone, the NME Awards dole out trophies of a hand giving the middle finger—sass!

Calvin Harris' girlfriend acknowledged the unusual award in her speech. "I gotta be honest with you about this. When you first open up the box, this feels a little aggressive," she said, adding, "and then you get used to it."

But like those giving out the actual awards, T.Swift had a sense of humor about the bronze trophy. "It's kind of like LOL," she joked. "But just saying at first, first impressions were a little bit weird here, but now I understand that this is actually like a strange compliment.

"You're being cheeky about it," she added.


The 26-year-old songstress' shelves are becoming quite packed, as she took home three Grammys Monday night, including Album of the Year for 1989. While accepting the coveted award, the "Out of the Woods" singer threw permanent frenemy Kanye West the ultimate shade.

"And as the first woman to win Album of the Year at the Grammys twice, I want to say to all the young women out there, there are going to be people along the way who will try to undercut your success or take credit for your accomplishments or your fame," she said. "But if you just focus on the work and you don't let those people sidetrack you, someday, when you get where you are going, you will look around and you will know that it was you and the people who love you who put you there. And that will be the greatest feeling in the world. Thank you for this moment."

Her not-so-subtle dig after Kanye called her out in his new song "Famous."

"I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex / Why? I made that bitch famous," he raps.

Bet she's enjoying the NME trophy more than ever.