A lot of conversation has sprung up lately about Taylor Swift. That's a given, since she was nominated for several of the top Grammys handed out during Monday's show.
During music's biggest night, Taylor won Album of the Year for 1989 — becoming the first woman to snatch the honor twice (she did so in 2010 with her Fearless album).
"I want to thank the fans for the last 10 years and the Recording Academy for giving us this unbelievable honor," she said.
But instead of reverting to her usually verklempt self, Taylor stared strongly into the audience and delivered this brief but powerful message to those who have been knocking her career.
"As the first woman to win Album of the Year at the Grammys twice, I want to say to all the young women out there: There are going to be people along the way who will try to undercut your success, or take credit for your accomplishments or your fame. But if you just focus on the work and you don't let those people sidetrack you, someday when you get where you're going, you'll look around and you will know that it was you and the people who love you who put you there. And that will be the greatest feeling in the world. Thank you for this moment."
Applause flooded the room, as many in the audience likely understood the meaning of her words. With her empowering monologue, she not only stood up for herself, but took on sexist commentary and assertions that many women face.
Check out the video below to see Taylor's win and hear her full acceptance speech:
Cover image: CBS on YouTube.