Taylor Swift thanks fans for making her feel “understood” at first awards show in two years

22 May 2018

Welcome back to the red carpet, Taylor Swift!

The Reputation singer surprised fans by showing up to the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday night (May 20), marking her first awards show appearance in two years. And for her grand return, Swift stunned in a very "Old Taylor"-esque ensemble: a rosy, romantic Versace gown with feathers and embellishments galore.

While Swift certainly made a statement on the carpet, it was her statements inside the show that really struck a chord. While accepting the trophy for Top Female Artist, she shouted out her Reputation Tour mates, Charli XCX and Camila Cabello, and then championed her fellow women in music.

"I want to thank all the female artists who paved the way for us to get to do what we do the way we get to do it," Swift said. "All the new female artists who are killing it out there right now, we're so inspired by you. And shout-out to the future female artists who just picked up a guitar or learned how to play the piano. And to the fans who care about the music that we make, thank you so much."

Then, while accepting the trophy for Top Selling Album, she gave an emotional speech about finally feeling "understood" again after facing so much backlash during the past few years (something she's recently addressed on her Reputation Tour).

"I started writing songs because it made me feel more understood," she said. "When I was making Reputation, this album, for a while there I felt really misunderstood by a lot of people. So I just want to say to the fans, thank you for continuing to show up. We just started our tour last week and the ways that you have cared about me and the ways that you've treated me — thank you for making me feel understood again."

When she wasn't accepting awards onstage, Swift was sandwiched between Cabello and Shawn Mendes — in a seat cleverly marked for a "special guest" — and promptly danced the night away with her pals, as she's wont to do. Oh, and she also met BTS backstage. All in all, it was a pretty darn good night for T. Swift, so here's hoping she'll bless us with more awards show appearances soon!

If you missed it, here's a list of the major winners for the night:

Top Artist:
Drake
Kendrick Lamar
Bruno Mars
Ed Sheeran 
Taylor Swift

Top New Artist:
21 Savage
Camila Cabello
Cardi B
Khalid
Kodak Black

Billboard Chart Achievement Award:
Camila Cabello
Cardi B
Drake
Sam Hunt
Ed Sheeran

Top Male Artist:
Drake
Kendrick Lamar
Bruno Mars
Post Malone
Ed Sheeran

Top Female Artist:
Camila Cabello
Cardi B
Halsey
Demi Lovato
Taylor Swift

Top Duo/Group:
The Chainsmokers
Coldplay
Imagine Dragons
Migos
U2

Top Billboard 200 Artist:
Drake
Kendrick Lamar
Ed Sheeran
Chris Stapleton
Taylor Swift

Top Hot 100 Artist:
Imagine Dragons
Kendrick Lamar
Bruno Mars
Post Malone
Ed Sheeran 

Top Streaming Songs Artist:
Cardi B
Drake
Kendrick Lamar
Post Malone
Ed Sheeran

Top Song Sales Artist:
Imagine Dragons
Kendrick Lamar
Bruno Mars
Post Malone
Ed Sheeran 

Top Radio Songs Artist:
Halsey
Imagine Dragons
Bruno Mars
Charlie Puth
Ed Sheeran

Top Social Artist:
Justin Bieber
BTS 
Ariana Grande
Demi Lovato
Shawn Mendes

Top R&B Artist:
Chris Brown
Khalid
Bruno Mars 
SZA
The Weeknd

Top R&B Male Artist:
Khalid
Bruno Mars
The Weeknd

Top R&B Female Artist:
Beyonce
Rihanna
SZA

Top Rap Artist:
Drake
Kendrick Lamar
Lil Uzi Vert
Migos
Post Malone

Top Rap Male Artist:
Drake
Kendrick Lamar
Post Malone

Top Rap Female Artist:
Bhad Bhabie
Cardi B 
Nicki Minaj

Top Rock Artist:
Imagine Dragons 
Linkin Park
Portugal. The Man
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
twenty one pilots

Top Dance/Electronic Artist:
The Chainsmokers
Calvin Harris
Kygo
Marshmello
ODESZA

Top Billboard 200 Album:
Drake, More Life
Kendrick Lamar, DAMN. 
Post Malone, Stoney
Ed Sheeran ÷ (Divide)
Taylor Swift, reputation

Top Selling Album:
Kendrick Lamar, DAMN.
P!nk, Beautiful Trauma
Ed Sheeran, ÷ (Divide)
Chris Stapleton, From A Room: Volume 1
Taylor Swift, reputation

Top Soundtrack:
Black Panther
The Fate of the Furious: The Album
The Greatest Showman
Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2: Awesome Mix Vol. 2
Moana 

Top R&B Album:
Khalid, American Teen
Bruno Mars, 24K Magic
SZA, CTRL
The Weeknd, Starboy
XXXTentacion, 17

Top Rap Album:
Drake, More Life
Kendrick Lamar, DAMN.
Lil Uzi Vert, Luv Is Rage 2
Migos, Culture
Post Malone, Stoney

Top Rock Album:
Imagine Dragons, Evolve
Linkin Park, One More Light
Panic! At The Disco, Death of a Bachelor
Portugal. The Man, Woodstock
U2, Songs of Experience

Top Dance/Electronic Album:
Avicii, AVĨCI (01)
The Chainsmokers, Memories…Do Not Open 
Calvin Harris, Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1
Kygo, Stargazing
ODESZA, A Moment Apart

Top Hot 100 Song:
Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber, "Despacito" 
Kendrick Lamar, "Humble."
Bruno Mars, "That's What I Like"
Post Malone ft. 21 Savage, "Rockstar"
Ed Sheeran, "Shape Of You"

Top Streaming Song (Audio):
Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber, "Despacito"
Kendrick Lamar, "Humble." 
Lil Uzi Vert, "XO Tour LLIF3"
Post Malone ft. 21 Savage, "Rockstar"
Post Malone ft. Quavo, "Congratulations"

Top Streaming Song (Video):
Cardi B, "Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)"
Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber, "Despacito" 
Lil Pump, "Gucci Gang"
Bruno Mars, "That's What I Like"
Ed Sheeran, "Shape of You"

Top Selling Song:
Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber, "Despacito" 
Sam Hunt "Body Like A Back Road"
Imagine Dragons "Believer"
Imagine Dragons "Thunder"
Ed Sheeran "Perfect"

Top Radio Song:
The Chainsmokers & Coldplay, "Something Just Like This"
Imagine Dragons, "Believer"
Bruno Mars, "That's What I Like"
Charlie Puth, "Attention"
Ed Sheeran, "Shape of You" 

Top Collaboration:
Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug, "Havana"
The Chainsmokers & Coldplay, "Something Just Like This"
Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber, "Despacito"
French Montana ft. Swae Lee, "Unforgettable"
Post Malone ft. 21 Savage, "Rockstar"

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