Taylor Swift will receive the Artist of the Decade award at Sunday night's (Nov. 24) 2019 American Music Awards from a fellow mega-selling singer-songwriter. ABC and dick clark productions announced on Thursday (Nov. 21) that Carole King will present the award to Swift at the live broadcast from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.
“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to present Taylor with the Artist of the Decade honor,” said King in a statement. “She is an extraordinary songwriter who has cultivated a unique and personal relationship with her audience. As a woman songwriter who also got into the music world at a young age, I know the kind of determination, struggle and single-minded perseverance it has taken for her to reach such heights.”
Following some back-and-forth, Swift has been cleared to perform a career-spanning set at the Ciara-hosted show, after her former label, Big Machine, gave her the green light to play her old songs. Whether she will do so, however, is unclear. In a statement to Billboard that didn't mention Swift by name, a representative for Big Machine said the company has "agreed to grant all licenses of their artists' performances to stream post show and for re-broadcast on mutually approved platforms.