Billboard’s Women in Music 2019 honored some of the biggest trailblazers, trendsetters, leaders and icons in the music business at the Hollywood Paladium in Los Angeles on Thursday evening.
The honorees at the annual ceremony, which was presented by YouTube this year, were Taylor Swift (Artist of the Decade), Billie Eilish (Woman of the Year), Nicki Minaj (Game Changer), Rosalía (Rising Star), Alanis Morissette (Icon), Brandi Carlile (Trailblazer), Alicia Keys (American Express Impact Award) and Megan Thee Stallion (Powerhouse).
All of the award recipients delivered inspiring speeches while taking the stage after hearing dedications from a star-studded group of presenters that included the likes of Normani, Maggie Rogers and Jameela Jamil.
During her acceptance speech, Swift called out Scooter Braun amid her continued public feud with the powerful producer, who now owns the master recordings from her first six albums.
“The definition of the toxic male privilege in our industry is people saying ‘But he’s always been nice to me,’ when I’m raising valid concerns about artists owning their rights to own their music,” Swift said. “Of course he’s nice to you. If you’re in this room, he has something that he needs.”
“I recently had the pleasure of working and touring with Juice Wrld,” she said. “I had a great conversation with him and while we walked to the stage, he held my hand and told me to stay calm and to pray. He said that he had been trying to do just that.”
“I was so shocked to hear him — of all people — tell me that, but right there in that room with him telling me that, I actually did feel calm and I felt like, ‘Hmm… what am I actually worried about?'” Minaj added. “I felt like he was a kindred spirit. And looking back now, I wish I did something differently, or said something to help.”
Watch the full Billboard Women in Music 2019 here.
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