Taylor Swift gave a shout out to her haters as she mocked them in an empowering speech at the iHeartRadio Music Awards.

Swift, 29, took on her critics as she was honoured with the coveted Tour of the Year Award for her mammoth Reputation tour, and thanked her fans for proving she would not play to “nearly empty stadiums”.

On accepting the honour from fellow artist Maren Morris she said: “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 – and it really did wonders for my self-esteem.

“It was really great to hear people saying that I was going to be playing to nearly empty stadiums.”

Swift, who is dating actor Joe Alwyn, said that she has learned “life is really unpredictable and people can make forecasts” but that these “may not come true if there is an unforeseeable factor involved, and that unforeseeable factor in this case was my fans”.

She said: “I honestly owe everything, everything in my life to you.”

Swift finished by teasing new music, which fans were hoping to hear at last night’s ceremony.

Appearing to address the many fan theories around when she is going to drop her next body of work, she said: “I just wanted to let you know that when there is new music, you will be the first to know.”

Reputation broke records to become the highest-grossing US tour ever.

Swift also picked up Best Music Video for Dedicate on Thursday night which saw Ariana Grande crowned Female Artist of the Year and Drake Male Artist.

5 Seconds of Summer won Best Group Zedd, Maren Morris and Grey’s The Middle picked up Best Song and Cardi B licked her gong as she was crowned Hip Hop Artist of the Year.

Full list of winners:

Song of the Year

The Middle – Zedd, Maren Morris, Grey

Female Artist of the Year

Ariana Grande

Male Artist of the Year


Best Duo/Group of the Year

5 Seconds Of Summer

Best Collaboration

Finesse (Remix) Bruno Mars featuring Cardi B

Best New Pop Artist


Alternative Rock Song of the Year

High Hopes – Panic! At the Disco

Alternative Rock Artist of the Year

Imagine Dragons

Best New Rock/Alternative Rock Artist


Rock Song of the Year

Safari Song – Greta Van Fleet

Rock Artist of the Year

Three Days Grace

Country Song of the Year

Meant To Be – Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line

Country Artist of the Year

Luke Combs

Best New Country Artist

Jordan Davis

Dance Song of the Year

The Middle – Zedd, Maren Morris, Grey

Dance Artist of the Year


Hip-Hop Song of the Year

God’s Plan – Drake

Hip-Hop Artist of the Year

Cardi B

Best New Hip-Hop Artist

BlocBoy JB

R&B Song of the Year

Boo’d Up – Ella Mai

R&B Artist of the Year

Ella Mai

Best New R&B Artist

Ella Mai

Latin Song of the Year

X – Nicky Jam and J Balvin

Latin Artist of the Year

Bad Bunny

Best New Latin Artist

Manuel Turizo

Regional Mexican Song of the Year

Mitad Y Mitad – Calibre 50

Regional Mexican Artist of the Year

Calibre 50

Producer of the Year

David Garcia

Songwriter of the Year

Louis Bell

Best Fan Army (Presented by Taco Bell)


Best Lyrics

Consequences – Camila Cabello

Best Cover Song

You’re Still The One – Harry Styles and Kacey Musgraves

Best Music Video

Delicate” – Taylor Swift

Social Star Award

Agnez Mo

Cutest Musician’s Pet

Gracie – Lauren Jauregui

Best Solo Breakout

Tiffany Young

Song That Left Us Shook

I’ll Never Love Again – Lady Gaga

Favorite Tour Photographer

Helene Pambrun (Harry Styles)

Rock Album of the Year

twentyonepilots – Trench

Pop Album of the Year

Ariana Grande – Thank U, Next

Country Album of the Year

Jason Aldean – Rearview Town

Alternative Rock Album of the Year

Panic! At the Disco – Pray for the Wicked

Latin Album Of The Year

J. Balvin – Vibras

Dance Album of the Year

The Chainsmokers – Sick Boy

Tour of the Year

Taylor Swift – Reputation Stadium Tour

Artist of the Decade

Garth Brooks

iHeartRadio Innovator Award

Alicia Keys

Fangirls Award


Most Thumbed-Up Artist of the Year

Imagine Dragons

Leave comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *.

%d bloggers like this: