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Taylor Swift has taken her fair share of time out of the spotlight, especially when it comes to awards ceremonies.

We CRAVE to see her perform, or even just to appear as her usual, dancing self. However, despite the fact that she's nominated for Best Vocal Album at the Grammys this year, the Reputation singer apparently WON'T attend.

Variety are claiming that both Swift and Maroon 5 won't be in attendance, though we think the general public will be more upset about Tay-Tay following Maroon 5's underwhelming Super Bowl half-time show.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Taylor is facing some stiff competition on the night, with some huge names in her category to win the Best Vocal Album gong.

Swift is up against Camila Cabelo for Camila, Kelly Clarkson for Meaning Of Life, Ariana Grande for Sweetener (YAS), Shawn Mendes' self-titled album and Pink's Beautiful Trauma. Look at all those INCREDIBLE gals. Plus Shawn.

We wish Taylor was performing, her Netflix Reputation tour show was INSANELY good, but after the VMAs back in 2009, we don't blame her for taking space from competition and drama. She's been absolutely slayin' the game this year.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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In other Grammy news, K-pop sensations BTS will be presenting an award, much to the delight of their fans, and are up for a Grammy themselves.

Not much has been heard from the Album of the Year-nominated Drake; his fans are still wondering if the Toronto-born rapper will perform at or even attend the Grammys. He's ran into trouble before with awards ceremonies…

Confirmed performers so far include Camila Cabello, Cardi B, Miley Cyrus, H.E.R., Ricky Martin, Post Malone with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Shawn Mendes and Janelle Monae.

Grammy-winner Alicia Keys will be hosting the 61st annual Grammy Awards on February 10, we're super hungry for this drama; it's sure to be quite a show with Cardi B in attendance.

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We really needed news like this in our lives right now, with all the negative news swirling around our auras, sucking the healthy energy from us.

All we want is a cleanse, and Taylor has delivered once again.

Not alone has she given fans her Reputation tour documentary on Netflix (breathtaking, BTW), she has now confirmed her role in the brand new Cats movie. MEOW GAL.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The singer posed next to a sign plastered with her character’s name, Bombalurina, and captioned it with a simple 'Meow'. Needless to say, the post garnered over one million likes in a matter of hours.

We. Are. Purring.

The Delicate singer will be starring alongside James Corden, Jennifer Hudson, Ian McKellen and Rebel Wilson in the upcoming movie, developed by Working Title.

Her co-star Idris Elba, who is clearly Team Tay-Tay, is already singing her praises.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The duo took to the Golden Globes stage together to present a few weks ago, with the Luther star saying she "has got chops" and "holds her own". Damn right she does.

Elba spoke about working with the multi-talented artist;

"Taylor and I have known each other for a couple of years and we’re cool you know. She’s a good girl; she’s a great artist and she’s got a really great heart," he said.

"I’m so excited to work with her in this film, she’s going to be amazing." Obvi?

Taylor has been candidly dating actor Joe Alwyn for the last two years, maybe she'll get some acting tips off her beau?

Joe Alwyn is a man of consistency, if nothing else. He pretty much explicitly refuses to talk about his relationship with Taylor Swift that we're all GAGGING to hear the details about.

Every now and again, we get a few tasters, but it's Swift-ly shut down (Yup, we went there).

He's continuing his award season run for his acting work in Boy Erased, Mary, Queen of Scots and The Favourite, meaning interviewers are once again clamouring to gather scandalous information.

He recently spoke about his notoriously quiet two-year relationship to one of pop's biggest singers, and commented on how his relationship is often perceived.

Alwyn's interview was with Mr. Porter's The Look magazine, and let's just saw he was less than impressed when his ties to Taylor were referred to as "strangely private".

They've managed to keep their relationship intensely secret, except for a few photocall opportunities during awards season (the Golden Globes, holla).

Whenever he's directly asked about his famous girlfriend, he essentially walks away or else skirts around the question, which is totally fair. It's his life, after all.

The actor was asked whether he feels he has to fight more nowadays for his privacy, given his relationship status to such a famous woman.

“I don’t think more than anyone else," he said. "I don’t think anyone you meet on the streets would just spill their guts out to you, therefore why should I? And then that is defined as being ‘strangely private’. Fine. But I don’t think it is. I think it’s normal.” 

The lad's dead right, most of us wouldn't tell media giants about our love lives, for fear they'd twist our words or invade our space.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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To Vogue UK, when quizzed on the public's interest in him and Swift, he answered; “I’m aware people want to know about that side of things. I think we have been successfully very private and that has now sunk in for people…but I really prefer to talk about work.”

British GQ didn't get much further; "Someone's private life is by definition private. No one is obliged to share their personal life."

And on whether he'd name his favourite Taylor Swift song: “I’m just not even going to go into that side of the world." He's good at the whole silent thing, we'll give him that.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Esquire asked whether he gets advice; “I didn’t seek out advice on that because I know what I feel about it. I think there’s a very clear line as to what somebody should share, or feel like they have to share, and what they don’t want to and shouldn’t have to.”

Entertainment Tonight's reporter ventured to ask if he'd act with his belle, but he sort of shot that down too; "It’s not planned at the moment, but who knows."

You do you, Joe. You don't owe us nothing, plus the lad is extremely talented in his own right.

We all remember the glamorous pre-Reputation days of Taylor Swift's #squad, don't we?

Between Cara Delevigne, Karlie Kloss, Gigi Hadid and Hailee Steinfeld, they really were an influential troupe. 

Now it looks like Taylor's squad has been reignited, with new bestie Cazzie David and long-time friend Selena Gomez enjoying a gals night in with the singer.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The Look What You Made Me Do songtress captioned the snap;"20wineteen", and we are HERE for the vino appreciation.

The trio are clearly enjoying each other’s company, and the glasses of wine too, no doubt.

The candid picture shows Swift's best pal Selena laughing in the back, while Taylor is sporting her signature red lipstick and Cazzie smiles in between them.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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David also shared a similar photo to her Instagram, featuring Selena and Taylor in a cute polaroid photo.

The fellow actress jokingly captioned the shot; "Had a meet and greet for my fans last night. I love you all."

Now THAT is a meet and greet we want to attend.

Only last May Selena told 60,000 fans about her bond with Taylor when she gave a surprise performance of Hands to Myself during Swift’s Reputation Stadium Tour in California.

Speaking about Taylor's care for her, she said;

“This person has never ever judged a single decision I’ve made. She’s always met me where I’ve been,” she said, according to a fan video.

“She’s encouraged me when I’ve had nothing to be encouraged about, and I don’t know if I would be as strong as I am if I didn’t have you and your family because you’ve changed my life,” Gomez added.

WE LOVE THE FRIENDSHIP. Never let it die, gals.

Taylor Swift and Joe Alwyn are notoriously private about their relationship, but a few lucky people got to witness…*gasp* A KISS between them at a Golden Globes after-party.

The duo sadly didn't grace the red carpets as a couple, which would have completed our lives as we know it, but his reaction to her presenting an award possible restarted our hearts.

Her boyfriend is involved in the award season run for his role in The Favourite and Mary, Queen of Scots, with Taylor making appearances by his side at the movie premieres and after-parties.

She's been fast making friends with his co-stars Nicholas Hoult and Emma Stone too, unsurprisingly.;

Joe was asked numerous questions about his girlfriend, despite the fact that he maintains his privacy.

One particular reporter from Entertainment Tonight asked if they would ever act together, to which he replied "It's not planned at the moment but who knows";

 Joe's reaction to seeing Taylor present onstage at the Globes was especially heartwarming, with The Favourite co-star Nicholas Hoult giving Joe a pat on the back as he couldn't take his eyes off her.

Sources told Us Weekly that“While Taylor presented, Joe watched the teleprompter near him and smiled and Nicholas Hoult patted him on the back. After Gaga walked on stage, Joe shifted his gaze to the stage near Taylor.”

"She was smiling at him while she walked off the stage. She looked over her shoulder and gave a sassy cute little smile at his table’s direction,” according to the source. Adorbs.

WE WANT MORE JAYLOR SWALWYN ASAP. 

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The 76th annual Golden Globes Awards took place on Sunday night and the fashion was just divine.

The star-studded event kicked off some of the hottest fashion picks for 2019.

But here are some of our FAVE looks from the night, as we think these celebs totally stole the spotlight. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Saoirse Ronan stepped out in a custom-made Gucci gown – and she was SMOKIN'.

The silver floor-length dress had a plunging neckline, crystal embroidery and fringed embellishment that oozed a 1920 fashion-feel. 

Saoirse embodied the movie star feel and her role in Mary, Queen of Scots was adored by critics – G'wan, gal.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Taylor Swift's evening attire was also a stand-out for us as she presented two awards.

Tay-Tay looked flawless in a black Versace dress, which featured a high-thigh slit.

Our gal completed the look with a red lip and her hair styled up – what a babe.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Lady Gaga's purple Valentino Couture gown was all the talk of the red carpet.

It was speculated that her outfit choice was a tribute to Judy Garland. 

Judy wore a similar dress in the 1954 remake of A Star is Born, where she played Ally – the same role as Gaga. 

However, Gaga explained that the purple gown was just coincidental and she didn't mean to copy Garland.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Gorgeous Gaga didn't only win at the fashion game last night.

The singer went home with a Golden Globe for the Best Original Song Award for Shallow in A Star Is Born.

We can't get enough of their iconic looks – these are definitely our faves.  

What look stood out for you?

Taylor Swift was renowned for her Fourth of July parties in the past, but now it's all about New Year's Eve bashes- in COSTUME no less.

The Reputation star has posted an image to Instagram featuring a slew of celebrities dressed as their childhood heroes, and it's pretty damn unreal.

The singer dressed as Ariel from The Little Mermaid, and we're sure many of her fans may just rush to get her gorgeous red hair and emerald sequin lewk…

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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She captioned the post:

“Mary Poppins, Audrey, Ariel, Ms. Frizzle, Cinderella, Gwen Stefani, Mr. Toad, Avril, Nancy Drew, Posh Spice, Rizzo, Frida Kahlo, Steve Irwin, Dorothy, " she wrote, alongside four star-studded images.

“This new year we decided to dress up as our childhood heroes. Sending you all love and hope going into 2019."

The party featured Blake Lively, Ryan Reynolds (being his gas self) and Gigi Hadid, among others, and our FOMO is real.

Just LOOK at how insanely good Gigi Hadid werks the Mary Poppins costume:

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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No fair.

Where were our invites, though? Must have been misplaced with all the Christmas post and fan mail…

This is a party we'd KILL to attend. Keep slaying, Taylor. With the Grammy's approaching, the star is sure to achieve even more fierceness in 2019.

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It looks like we won't be jamming to the best break-up songs in the business any longer.

Classic Tay-Tay break-up tunes will have to do as it looks like the singer will be getting hitched.

Her boyfriend, Joe Alwyn seems like an eager beaver as he supposedly wants to put a ring on it. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The couple have been dating for two years and they've kept their relationship on the QT but it looks like things are hotting up.

"Joe is very keen on proposing soon," a source told Us Weekly.

"But he wants to make it unforgettable and extremely special. He’s her dream guy. Taylor’s going to be over the moon." *SQUEALS*

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The singer is supposedly just as keen to accept his proposal.

"Taylor really believes Joe is the one for her," a source told Us earlier this year.

"She wants to get engaged to him. She just doesn’t feel as though she has to impress anyone at this point."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The couple has remained fairly tight-lipped about their relationship and despite fans constant curiousity, it will remain that way – boo.

Joe told British Vogue: "I'm aware people want to know about that side of things. I think we have been successfully very private."

And that has now sunk in for people […] but I really prefer to talk about work," he added.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Could you imagine the guest-list at that wedding – ugh, what we would do for an invite…

For now, we'll have to make do with the all-out proposal that Joe has promised.

But we mightn't be waiting long, as Christmas is the perfect time to pop the question – no pressure, Joe.

Taylor Swift is one of pop's biggest superstars, and has a rake of security on her team whose sole job is to protect the Reputation songstress.

Her tour has attracted millions of people, and after the attack on Ariana Grande's concert in Manchester last year, the use of facial recognition technology is on the rise at stadiums and areas.

It has now emerged that Tay Tay uses special software to detect stalkers at her ground-breaking shows, and that fans who were mesmerised by her May 18 Rose Bowl rehearsal clips were unaware of this detail.

The Rose Bowl is an annual college football event, and used hidden cameras to capture images of guests in order to transfer them to a command post based in Nashville.

These snaps were later cross-referenced with a database of the musician's well-known stalkers, of which there are HUNDREDS.

According to chief security officer of Oak View Group, the advisory board for concert venues; “Everybody who went by would stop and stare at it, and the software would start working,” 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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A man who had broken into Swift's New York townhouse and stopped by for an actual NAP made a plea deal last week and as a result, he will only serve a mere six months in prison.

The stalker, full name Roger Alvarado, gained entry when he  “allegedly climbed up a ladder and smashed a window with his hand”

While Taylor needs to make sure she is safe at all times, whether in concert or in her home, there are clear privacy concerns of the photographs.

Issues of ownership and the length of time for which they can be kept on file are the obvious queries…we wonder if Taylor ever has a sneaky peak at them? 

More and more arenas and stadiums are turning to facial-recognition technology; this year, Ticketmaster invested in a start-up named Blink Identity.

This company claims that its sensors can identify anyone walking past its cameras at full speed in just half a second… whoa.

The veteran ticketing corporation intends to use the technology to help fans pass through the turnstiles faster and in a more practical way.

Ticketmaster’s chief product officer Justin Burleigh commented that: "It holds a lot of promise. We’re just being very careful about where and how we implement it."

We want our snake-obsessed icon to be safe, but does anyone else think it's a tad 1984

The biggest earning women in the music industry have been announced and we are rather surprised by the top spot.

Katy Perry stole the number one place on the list of the top ten highest-paid women in the industry for 2018.

Forbes released their list and said that the singer made an incredible $83 million this year.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Katy secured her ranking thanks to her highly successful Witness: The Tour.

The singer reportedly made an eye-watering one million dollars a night whilst on tour.

This was coupled with a judging gig for an American Idol reboot, which allegedly saw the 34-year-old walk away with a payslip for a cool $20 million. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Hot on Perry's heels was Taylor Swift, who was our prediction for the top spot.

Clearly, we were wrong as Swift only bagged $80 million this year.

But our guess wasn't entirely inaccurate as Forbes did cite the reason she didn't get first was due to her Reputation Stadium Tour dates were outside of this year's scoring period. 

Tay-tay enjoyed a highly successful launch of her album Reputation, which sold two million copies globally in its first week on sale.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Beyonce secured third place, making $60 million.

Despite Bey being busy raising a family, she had some fantastic highlights over the year, such as her powerhouse performance at Coachella.

This was coupled with the release of her album with hubby Jay-Z in June.

Forbes indicated that she would do very well in their 2019 list as most of her earnings from her On The Run II tour will fall into next year's scoring period.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Pink claimed fourth place earning ($52 million) and Lady Gaga was placed in fifth ($50 million).

Followed behind them was Jennifer Lopez ($47 million), Rihanna ($37.5 million) and  Helene Fischer ($32 million).

Celine Dion took ninth ($31 million) and last but by no means last, Britney Spears finished off the list ($30 million). 

It's fair to say every woman on the list works incredibly hard.

I have just checked my bank account and can confirm that I have all of 47 cent to my name, so there's no competition here.

Pop superstar Taylor Swift has officially signed a new record deal with Universal Music, which marks her first signing with a major label.

Before this, all of her music has been released on independent country label, Big Machine. She signed with the small recording company, which is an imprint of giant UMG, when she was only 14-years-old, and her deal has now expired.

At the age of 28, she will now release her music globally through Universal Music Group.

The news came after she uploaded a photo to Instagram of herself posing with Universal executives Lucian Grange and Monte Lipman.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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One year one from the release of her triple-platinum album Reputation, Swift underwent talks with every major record group, and requested more financial and creative freedom from a potential new deal.

This is massive news for Taylor, as she will now own all of the music which she records, resulting in the singer earning more money through sales and album streams.

Universal have also agreed to repay their artists with any money made from Spotify streams.

This is not the first time Taylor has campaigned for streaming service rights for artists; in 2015 she played a large role in persuading Apple Music to change how they pay artists.

The singer wrote a now-iconic open letter to Apple requesting that artists, producers, and creatives are fairly paid for their work: 

"I say to Apple with all due respect, it’s not too late to change this policy and change the minds of those in the music industry who will be deeply and gravely affected by this."

Swift has now utterly changed the streaming game, with Universal now accepting her terms in the newly arranged deal.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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"As part of my new contract with Universal Music Group, I asked that any sale of their Spotify shares result in a distribution of money to their artists," she wrote on Instagram.

"They have generously agreed to this, at what they believe will be much better terms than paid out previously by other major labels."

"I see this as a sign that we are headed towards positive change for creators – a goal I'm never going to stop trying to help achieve."

"I want to express my heartfelt thanks to Scott Borchetta for believing in me as a 14-year-old and for guiding me through over a decade of work that I will always be so proud of."

"The best thing I've been lucky enough to receive is the dedication, trust and loyalty of the fans who have cared about the words and melodies I've written. My biggest goal moving forward is to make you proud."

Chairman and CEO of UMG Lucien Grainge spoke out to praise Swift for her work:

"Few artists in history approach Taylor Swift's combination of massive global hits and creative brilliance. She is so multi-talented, she can achieve anything. I have such enormous respect for Taylor, in particular for her use of her hard-earned influence to promote positive change.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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"Because of her commitment to her fellow artists, not only did she want to partner with a company that understood her creative vision and had the resources and expertise to execute globally on her behalf, she also sought a partner whose approach to artists was aligned with hers."

Lipman, founder and CEO of Republic Records, added: "Taylor has not only captured the imagination of an entire generation, but has also redefined the paradigm of the modern music industry."

Swift's latest album Reputation received unprecedented critical acclaim before becoming the biggest-selling album of 2017, selling around 1.3 MILLION albums in just one week.

Congrats Taylor, keep fighting for fair pay and artists' creative rights. You do you, queen.

There is no such thing in this world as a perfect person, and one role model who emblemizes the acceptance of ones flaws has got to be Taylor Swift.

While she pokes fun at her own past through her creative music videos and tongue-in-cheek tweets, Taylor has also used the past year as an opportunity to reclaim her power in the face of her haters.

She has expanded her voice far beyond her humble beginnings in country music, and dominated the charts and popular culture with her most recent album Reputation. 

Taylor has bourne the brunt of some feuds over the past few years, and her most recent defined an entire era for Swift’s music.

Most notably, a drawn out fight with Kanye West and Kim Kardashian proved to be a difficult time for the singer.

The singer was held to task by Kim Kardashian last year, after the reality TV star leaked some unflattering audio of the singer. Kim’s penchant for the use of the snake emoji in association with Taylor’s name led to an influx of hate on Taylor’s social media, and pop culture fanatics lapped up the apparent demise of the star’s good name.

Rather than retaliate, Taylor did the opposite – she went dark. The star deleted all of her Instagram photos last August, and removed her profile photos from all of her social media. The singer was clearly gearing up for a comeback, but no one could have anticipated what she would serve up as a remedy to her silence.

An apology? A sweet-as-pie comeback to regain her throne as the globe’s most wholesome pop star? No.

Taylor made her comeback with some very mysterious videos of a snake slithering slowly, and frankly, we were all shook. Taylor came back with badass, unapologetic album, playing on her newly garnered bad Reputation, and made reference to her past feuds with delicate but dramatic references. We were hooked.

With unapologetic songs like I Did Something Bad, End Game and Look What You Made Me Do dominating the album, we’re quite certain that anyone who had previously tried to drag the pop icon down was probably losing sleep over the thought of what she would do next.

That’s the thing about bullies, once you stand up for yourself, they somehow seem to lose their (forked) tongues.

Taylor went up against some of the most powerful personalities in the celeb world, and proved that past accusations of her ‘playing the victim’ to further her career were simply untrue – she hadn’t played the victim, she had been one, and now she was reclaiming the power people had tried to take from her.

She did this once again in her well publicised sexual assault trial against former radio DJ David Mueller – winning a symbolic one dollar in compensation from the DJ who groped her publicly at a meet-and-greet.

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The compensation was purely meant to be a symbol – Swift certainly didn’t need the money, but she needed to prove to her fans once again that if you stand up against the people who seek to harm you and take away your power, your autonomy, you can win.

‘I acknowledge the privilege that I benefit from in life, in society and in my ability to shoulder the enormous cost of defending myself in a trial like this,’ she said at the time. ‘My hope is to help those whose voices should also be heard.’

At a later concert, Taylor’s fans showed the singer that she had been heard, by holding up one dollar bills of their own one year on from the court case.

Taylor’s impact on her fans is undeniable, and rather than pandering to the needs of an endlessly churning celebrity industry by retreating to the safety of her formerly innocent image, she took the opportunity to show her fans and herself that the people who try to take advantage of you, hurt you, and beat you down can be defeated.

She came back into our lives via a fierce album, an even fiercer attitude, and a no-nonsense approach to dealing with bullies and haters, and we can’t think of a better role model than that.