The Swift era is on after popular singer Taylor Swift bagged 10 wins at the 2023 Billboard Music awards thanks fans 10 million times
Folk singer Taylor Swift who is on a sold out world tour has added to her already-impressive career win total at the Billboard Music Awards with 10 brand-new wins thanking her fans known as Swifties for making it all happen.
“Well this is unreal,” she said in her acceptance speech, shot backstage at her blockbuster Eras Tour. “The fact that you guys have given me 10 Billboard Awards — I’m talking to the fans specifically. None of this happens without you. The Billboards base everything off of what you are listening to and what you’re passionate about, and I’m so honored that this year you made The Eras Tour so magical. You went and saw the movie, you cared about my re-recordings. I just love you so much.”
On Sunday night, Swift was victorious in these 10 categories: top artist, top female artist, top Billboard 200 artist, top Hot 100 songwriter, top Radio Songs artist, top Song Sales artist, top Billboard Global 200 artist, top Billboard Global Excl. U.S. artist, top country female artist, and top selling song for “Anti-Hero.”
Heading into Sunday’s show — which was presented by Marriott Bonvoy — Swift was the leading finalist, with nods in 20 categories.
Swift is currently on the international leg of her Eras Tour, performing shows Sunday night and a makeup show Monday night in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, before heading across the country to São Paulo next weekend.
The singer appeared to be struggling to breathe during a concert in Rio de Janeiro, on Friday in the middle of a heatwave.
The star ended up postponing the concert she was due to perform on Saturday, after a fan died shortly before Friday’s show. The extreme conditions are thought to have contributed to the death of Ana Clara Benecides Machado, a 23-year-old Taylor Swift fan, who collapsed in the Estadio Olimpico Nilton Santos arena on Friday.
Health officials said that Machado died after suffering cardiorespiratory arrest and that an investigation has been launched to determine the precise causes.
Brazil is experiencing an unprecedented heatwave, triggering health alerts.
Authorities there warned of the danger to life as it recorded a heat index, which combines temperature with humidity, of 59.3C (138.7F) on Friday followed by 59.7C (139.5F) on Saturday.
Thousands of concertgoers in the 60,000-capacity arena were also treated for symptoms of dehydration on Friday, reports say.
“I’m writing this from my dressing room in the stadium,” Swift posted to social media as she announced that Saturday’s show was off shortly before it was due to begin. “The decision has been made to postpone tonight’s show due to extreme temperatures in Rio.”
Addressing the death of Machado in an earlier statement, Swift said that she was “overwhelmed by grief” and that her “broken heart goes out to her family and friends.” Videos circulating on social media of Swift’s performance on Friday show her urging stewards to distribute water to fans.
Other videos taken at the concert show Swift throwing a bottle of water into the crowd while singing All Too Well in the stifling heat.