Taylor Swift is all about proving her critics wrong.
The 29-year-old singer-songwriter made a rare red-carpet appearance at the iHeartRadio Music Awards in Los Angeles, picking up two trophies for “Best Music Video” and “Tour of the Year Award.”
The pop superstar shined on the red carpet in a paillette sequinned playsuit by designer Rosa Bloom and butterfly embellished heels. Swift even debuted a new look, with her blonde ponytail dip-dyed a vibrant shade of pink.
Fresh off of the success of her latest album, “Reputation”, the star took to the stage to talk about how negative press coverage of the album and tour threatened her self-esteem.
“I think 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 about the tour was, ‘This is going to be a massive failure. This is going to be a flop tour,'” a sparkling Swift told the audience. “And it really did wonders for my self-esteem. It was really great to hear people saying that I was gonna be playing to nearly empty stadiums.”
The “Delicate” singer, who went on to break records for the highest-grossing U.S. tour said it all came down to her legion of loyal “Swifties.”
“I’ve learned a lot, and one of the things I learned is that life is really unpredictable. And people can make forecasts and predictions, but those predictions and forecasts may not come true if there’s an unforeseeable factor involved, and that unforeseeable factor in this case was my fans,” she said to applause. “I honestly owe everything in my life to you.”
The massive stadium world tour spawned its own Netflix special, a special treat for fans who couldn’t score tickets to the mostly sold out event.
“You guys are the reason why this tour, 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,” Swift continued.
The country cross-over star also addressed speculation that she would be releasing new material, telling fans, “I love your passion, I love your attention to detail, I love how much you care. I love seeing all the things that you’re voicing online, and I just wanted to let you know that when there’s new music, you will be the first to know.”