Women in Music 2019

Carole King to Present Taylor Swift With Artist of the Decade Award at 2019 American Music Awards

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Carole King and Taylor Swift attend The 64th Annual BMI Pop Awards, honoring Taylor Swift and songwriting duo Mann & Weil, at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on May 10, 2016 in Beverly Hills, Calif.

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.

"It should be noted that recording artists do not need label approval for live performances on television or any other live media," the statement continued. "Record label approval is only needed for contracted artists' audio and visual recordings and in determining how those works are distributed"; a spokesperson for Swift did not return requests for comment.

Sunday night's show, which will air live on ABC beginning at 8 p.m. EST, is slated to feature performances from Christina Aguilera & A Great Big World, Toni Braxton, Camila Cabello, Billie Eilish, Green Day, Selena Gomez, Jonas Brothers, Kesha feat. Big Freedia, Dua Lipa, Lizzo, Post Malone feat. Travis Scott & Ozzy Osbourne, Thomas Rhett and Shania Twain. 

The newly announced list of presenters includes: Paula Abdul, Kelsea Ballerini, Tyra Banks, Chadwick Boseman, Kane Brown, Misty Copeland, Rivers Cuomo, Jamie Lee Curtis, Dan + Shay, Jenna Dewan, David Dobrik, Michael Ealy, Maddie Hasson, Maya Hawke, Jameela Jamil, Jharrel Jerome, Taran Killam, Regina King, Heidi Klum, Katherine Langford, Dan Levy, Megan Thee Stallion, Ben Platt, Billy Porter, Patrick Schwarzenegger, Cobie Smulders, Pete Wentz and Constance Wu.

dick clark productions, producer of the American Music Awards, is owned by Valence Media, which also owns Billboard.

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