Accepting the award for iHeartRadio Tour of the Year for her smash Reputation Stadium Tour, Taylor Swift was quick to acknowledge the role her fans played in the success of the run
“I love your passion, I love your attention to detail, I love how much you care. I love seeing all the things you’re posting online. I just wanted to let you know that when there is new music, you will be the first to know,” the pop star cheekily told the crowd Thursday at the iHeartRadio Music Awards in Los Angeles.
Accepting the award for iHeartRadio Tour of the Year for her smash Reputation Stadium Tour, Swift — who was introduced by pal Maren Morris — was quick to acknowledge the role her fans played in the success of the run.
“One of the most wonderful things about the way that this whole tour turned out is that for like, the entire six months leading up to the first show of this tour, every headline that I read was — ‘This is going to be a massive failure’ [or] ‘This is going to be a flop tour.’ And it really did wonders for my self-esteem,” she deadpanned. “It was really great to hear people saying that I was going to be playing to nearly empty stadiums.”
Swift, 29, continued: “I’ve learned a lot. I’ve learned a lot. And one of the things I’ve learned is that life is really unpredictable and people can make forecasts and they can make predictions, but those predictions and forecasts may not come true if there is an unforeseeable factor involved, and that unforeseeable factor, in this case, was my fans.”
The “….Ready for It?” singer’s record-breaking 2018 tour ultimately became the highest-grossing tour by a woman, with two million tickets sold in the United States and $266 million in sales.
“I honestly owe everything, everything in my life to you. I want to thank you if you came out and saw the show in perfect weather, or if you came to one of our many rain shows that we had. And also if you just watched the show on Netflix on your couch with your dog! You guys were the reason why this tour — you’re the only reason why this tour — wasn’t a massive failure and why it ended up being the highest-selling tour in U.S. history — that’s you.”
“Bout to walk out on the @iheartradio carpet, thought I’d show you first,” she wrote, sharing a glimpse of pastel pink in her ponytail.
The “Look What You Made Me Do” singer has an impressive history with the iHeartRadio Awards. Since the first show in 2014, the pop star has won eight trophies. In addition to her already announced Tour of the Year title, also won best music video for “Delicate.”
In recent years, Swift has taken a break from the public eye — and from award shows. Since winning big at the 2016 Grammys, Swift has only attended three music award shows: the Billboard Music Awards (May 2018), the American Music Awards (October 2018) and now the iHeartRadio Music Awards.
She also made a surprise appearance at the Golden Globes in January, where she supported her boyfriend, The Favourite actor Joe Alwyn, and presented the awards for best original score and best original song in a motion picture.
Ahead of the show, Swift shared a few photos to her Instagram account, writing, “Due to the butterfly migration in Southern California maybe I’ll just stay outside until I head indoors for @iheartradio awards. 🦋”
Swift’s appearance at the show tops off an already star-studded lineup at the iHeartRadio Music Awards, which featured performances by the Backstreet Boys, Ella Mai, Marshmello, Travis Barker, Alicia Keys, Ariana Grande, Halsey, Garth Brooks, John Legend and Kacey Musgraves. T-Pain will host, and presenters include Perry, Maren Morris, Shay Mitchell, Zedd and Pharrell Williams.
The 2019 iHeartRadio Music Awards were broadcast live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on March 14 at 8 p.m. EST on Fox.