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Taylor Swift Brings House Down With AMA Performance

Taylor Swift has been crowned Artist of the Decade at the AMAs and boy, oh, boy did she show off her prowess. 

Opening with "The Man" she made a statement about her experiences in the music industry as a woman, which then progressed to the naivity and innocence of "Love Story" - the track which placed her on the map.

"Trouble" examined the difficulties of love and getting your heart broken and "Blank Space" growing up and realising you can play the game in your own way. 

She brought the heat again with "Shake It Off", an iconic song about not taking things too seriously. In truth many of us here at the station welled up watching it. 

She finished her medley by singing her most recent song, "Lover" and made the whole room swoon as two ballet dancers swanned across the stage. 

What a performance, what an icon. 

This performance was also a rarity - she almost didn't perform some of those songs. Swift alleged one-time label boss Scott Borchetta and industry figure Scooter Braun, who acquired the rights to Swift’s back-catalogue this year, tried to place undue restrictions on her performance.

She hit back at this with an open letter to her fans, "This is WRONG. Neither of these men had a hand in writing these songs.”

Borchetta and Braun eventually relented on those conditions, allowing Swift to sing alongside Camilla Cabello and Halsey.

This only makes her opening song of the performance, "The Man" all the more pertinent.