2014: The Year in Taylor Swift

The performances, music videos and news stories that made a platinum year

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November 23rd: Taylor Swift Wins the Dick Clark Award for Excellence at the AMAs
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Swift at the AMAs Christopher Polk/AMA2014/Getty Images for DCP12/14

November 23rd: Taylor Swift Wins the Dick Clark Award for Excellence at the AMAs

Swift opened the American Music Awards with one of her more elaborate awards show performances. Performing "Blank Space," she murdered her many on-stage boyfriends and set roses on fire. In an acceptance speech for the inaugural Dick Clark Award for Excellence she stuck to her choice to pull 1989 from Spotify: "To the fans who went out and bought over a million copies of my last three albums, what you did by going out and investing in music and albums is you're saying that you believe in the same thing that I believe in...[You believe] that music is valuable and that music should be consumed in albums and albums should be consumed as art and appreciated."

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