Taylor Swift‘s last album Reputation was all about, well, her reputation. And while accepting the American Music Award for Best Pop/Rock Album on Tuesday evening, the country turned pop star explained just how the concept of the album came to be.
“This is actually the first time I ever wrote an album based on a title first,” she explained during her speech, after thanking her fans. “So, the whole time I was writing an album based on all the facets of a reputation and what it actually means to you, I was surrounded by friends, family, and loved ones who never loved me less based on the fluctuations of public opinion.” She added, “They all know who they are.”
Swift went on to hint that she’s already working on her follow-up to Reputation. “I always look at albums as chapters in my life. And I’m so — to the fans, I’m so happy that you like this one. I’m so happy that this means that you like this one,” she said. “But I have to be really honest with you about something: I’m even more excited about the next chapter.”
The Best Pop/Rock Album win was Swift’s 21st American Music Award. After that and the Tour of the Year trophy, which she won earlier in the night, Swift was only one award away from setting the record for the most AMAs of any artist. That’s not the only reason the 2018 AMAs were special for Swift, though: She opened the show with a fiery rendition of “I Did Something Bad,” marking her first award show performance in nearly three years.
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