Taylor Swift has faced a number of controversies throughout her career. Some of the most notable controversies include:
Feud with Kanye West: In 2009, Swift was infamously interrupted by Kanye West during her acceptance speech at the MTV Video Music Awards. The incident sparked a long-standing feud between the two artists.
Scooter Braun controversy: In 2019, it was announced that Scooter Braun, a music executive, had acquired the rights to Swift’s first six albums. Swift accused Braun of bullying her throughout her career and claimed that she had not been given the opportunity to purchase her own music.
Folklore and Evermore surprise releases: In July 2020, Swift released her eighth studio album, “folklore,” with no prior announcement. The album was a commercial and critical success. She repeated this strategy with her ninth studio album, “evermore,” in December 2020. Some fans and critics praised the surprise releases as innovative, while others accused Swift of using them to generate buzz and attention.
Political activism: Swift has been vocal about her political views and has endorsed candidates in several elections. Some of her political activism has been controversial, with some accusing her of being opportunistic or insincere.
Copying allegations: Swift has faced accusations of copying elements of other artists’ music in some of her own songs. Some examples of this include “Shake It Off,” which was accused of borrowing from the song “Playas Gon’ Play,” and “Lover,” which was accused of borrowing from the song “Playground Love.” Swift has denied these accusations.