Taylor Swift uses Teen Choice Icon Award speech to urge fans to stand up for gender equality

Kylie Mar
Host & Producer, Yahoo Entertainment

Taylor Swift accepted the first-ever Icon Award at the 2019 Teen Choice Awards Sunday night, but first she honored Alex Morgan, the co-captain of the World-Cup-winning U.S. Women's National soccer team, who presented Swift's award.

"First I want to talk about Alex Morgan," said Swift. "The fact that she's here presenting this to me is such an honor. Not only winning the World Cup with her amazing teammates, right? But while they were winning the World Cup, they were also taking a historic stand in terms of gender equality, gender pay gaps. Please, please, please support her and her teammates because this isn't over yet. It's not resolved."

On top of Swift's insanely successful and record-breaking career, which includes over 50 million album sales, over 150 million single downloads, over 400 major awards, and the highest grossing U.S. tour in history, Swift has been using her platform to stand up for gender equality, including equal pay for men and women. During her acceptance speech Sunday, the icon continued to urge fans to speak up.

"Get online, talk about it, let people know how you feel about it because what happened to them is unfair," Swift continued. "It's happening everywhere, and they are heroes and icons for standing up."

Swift also took a moment to thank "whoever it was at the Teen Choice Awards who decided to put the itty bitty pretty kitty committee on this surfboard." If you're a fan of Swift, you know how much she adores her furry children, so the surfboard was kinda purr-fect, to say the least. In fact, Swift went as far as to say that it was her favorite award she's ever received, aesthetically speaking.

Swift then addressed her fans and took a minute to thank them for their support, before she told her teen fans, "One thing I wish I would have known when I was a teen is that mistakes are inevitable," said Swift. "I think sometimes you think if you try hard enough to make every decision perfectly, you think you can possibly ace life and never make any mistakes but, it is normal to make mistakes. I just want you to know that if you are out there and you are being really hard on yourself right now for something that has happened, or messing up, or feeling embarrassed, it's normal. That's what's going to happen to you in life. No one gets through unscathed. We're all going to have a few scratches on us."

Swift's speech was amazing, especially considering the fact that she was totally drunk the night before. Early Sunday morning, #DrunkTaylor was trending on Twitter, after a video of the pop star drunk-dancing went viral.

In fact, Swift herself took to Instagram Sunday with the caption: "we had so much fun that ‘Drunk Taylor’ is trending on Twitter. CHEERS."

Swift closed out her speech Sunday with some big news about her upcoming album, which drops Aug. 23.

"There's so much that I'm excited about coming up in the next 12 days until my album Lover comes out. The album comes out on August 23rd, but I wanted to tell you guys tonight that on the 16th, on Friday, I have a new song called 'Lover' that is coming out, and I'm so excited," said Swift.

Here are the complete list of winners at the 2019 Teen Choice Awards:

MOVIES

Choice Action Movie: Avengers: Endgame

Choice Action Movie Actor: Robert Downey Jr. – Avengers: Endgame

Choice Action Movie Actress: Scarlett Johansson – Avengers: Endgame

Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy Movie: Aladdin

Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy Movie Actor: Will Smith – Aladdin

Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy Movie Actress: Naomi Scott – Aladdin

Choice Drama Movie: After

Choice Drama Movie Actor: Hero Fiennes Tiffin – After

Choice Drama Movie Actress: Josephine Langford – After

Choice Comedy Movie: Crazy Rich Asians

Choice Comedy Movie Actor: Noah Centineo – The Perfect Date

Choice Comedy Movie Actress: Laura Marano – The Perfect Date

Choice Movie Villain: Josh Brolin – Avengers: Endgame

Choice Summer Movie: Spider-Man: Far From Home

Choice Summer Movie Actor: Tom Holland – Spider-Man: Far From Home

Choice Summer Movie Actress: Zendaya – Spider-Man: Far From Home

TELEVISION

Choice Drama TV Show: Riverdale

Choice Drama TV Actor: Cole Sprouse – Riverdale

Choice Drama TV Actress: Lili Reinhart – Riverdale

Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Show: Shadowhunters

Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actor: Jared Padalecki – Supernatural

Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actress: Katherine McNamara – Shadowhunters

Choice Action TV Show: MacGyver

Choice Action TV Actor: Stephen Amell – Arrow

Choice Action TV Actress: Gabrielle Union – L.A.’s Finest

Choice Comedy TV Show: The Big Bang Theory

Choice Comedy TV Actor: Jaime Camil – Jane the Virgin

Choice Comedy TV Actress: Nina Dobrev – Fam

Choice TV Villain: Cameron Monaghan – Gotham

Choice Reality TV Show: America’s Got Talent

Choice Throwback TV Show: Friends

Choice Summer TV Show: Stranger Things

Choice Summer TV Actor: Noah Schnapp – Stranger Things

Choice Summer TV Actress: Millie Bobby Brown – Stranger Things

MUSIC

Choice Male Artist: Shawn Mendes

Choice Female Artist: Billie Eilish

Choice Music Group: Why Don’t We

Choice Country Artist: Dan + Shay

Choice Latin Artist: CNCO

Choice R&B/Hip-Hop Artist: Cardi B

Choice Rock Artist: Panic! At the Disco

Choice Song: Female Artist: Lauren Jauregui – “Expectations”

Choice Song: Male Artist: Louis Tomlinson – “Two of Us”

Choice Song: Group: BLACKPINK – “DDU-DU DDU-DU”

Choice Pop Song: Ariana Grande – “thank u, next”

Choice Country Song: Dan + Shay – “Speechless”

Choice Electronic/Dance Song: Ellie Goulding, Diplo, & Red Velvet – “Close to Me (Red Velvet Remix)”

Choice Latin Song: CNCO – “Pretend”

Choice R&B/Hip-Hop Song: Lil Nas X (feat. Billy Ray Cyrus) – “Old Town Road [Remix]”

Choice Rock Song: Panic! At the Disco – “Hey Look Ma, I Made It”

Choice Breakout Artist: Billie Eilish

Choice International Artist: BTS

Choice Collaboration: BTS (feat. Halsey) – “Boy With Luv”

Choice Summer Song: “Señorita” – Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello

Choice Summer Female Artist

Halsey

Choice Summer Male Artist: Shawn Mendes

Choice Summer Group: Jonas Brothers

Choice Summer Tour: BTS – “BTS World Tour Love Yourself: Speak Yourself Tour”

Choice Song From A Movie

“A Whole New World” (End Title) (from Aladdin ) – Zayn & Zhavia Ward

Choice Ship: Lili Reinhart & Cole Sprouse – Riverdale

Choice Comedian: Ethan & Grayson Dolan

Choice Male Athlete: Stephen Curry

Choice Female Athlete: Serena Williams

DIGITAL

Choice Female Web Star: Emma Chamberlain

Choice Male Web Star: David Dobrik

Choice Comedy Web Star: The Dolan Twins

Choice Social Star: Noah Centineo

Choice Fashion/Beauty Web Star: Hannah Meloche

Choice Gamer: PewDiePie

Choice YouTuber: Sam and Colby

Choice Fandom: #BTSARMY

Choice Music Web Star: Annie LeBlanc

Teen Choice Take Note Award – Presented by Crayola

  • Kayva Kopparapu

  • Sebastian and Brandon Martinez

  • Marsai Martin

  • Leon “Kida” Burns (Kida the Great)

  • Celai West

  • Braxton Moral

  • Mari Copeny

  • Logan Guleff

The 2019 Teen Choice Awards aired Sunday, August 11th at 8 p.m. on Fox.

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