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The Women Before Taylor Swift Who Deserved Artist Of The Decade

It's been a good ten years.

The American Music Awards (AMAs) are where the music industry’s best of the best gather to celebrate the tunes, hits, and bops of the last year. And the artists behind them.

The AMAs honour an ‘Artist of the Decade’ each year and, in 2019, Taylor Swift will receive the award.

Taylor joins the ranks of Stevie Wonder, Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson and The Beatles, and is the first-ever woman to receive the award.

Taylor, the powerhouse that she is, hasn’t only had a great year she’s had a great career.Seven studio albums, two Kanye West incidents, a feud over backing dancers, and about 100 different looks have cemented Taylor as a household name across the world.

Her music is alright too.

Love her or hate her, there’s no denying Taylor’s talent. She’s put years if hard work into her art – the success of her career didn’t happen over night – and deserves to have it honoured.

However, there are a plethora of female artists who were around before Taylor and alongside her that also deserve to be recognised by this award. I won’t say they deserve to be awarded more than Taylor – that’s not for me to decide – but I will admit I think Taylor is an interesting recipient choice.

Especially when she exists among huge names like Beyoncé, Rihanna, Adele, Madonna, Lady Gaga and Charli XCX who have all challenged and changed the music industry in their own ways.

I don’t want to take anything away from Taylor – this is a huge and impressive achievement.

I do want to remind the world of the women who, although they are not receiving an award, are just as valuable as Taylor Swift. The women whose tracks we’ve jammed to, cried too and blasted through our car speakers for the last decade.

TSwizzle might write a mean breakup song, but no one does rap as good as Cardi B, or power ballads like Beyoncé.

Yep. Source: Giphy

The Rights To Lizzo’s ‘Truth Hurts’ Don't 100% Belong To Her And She’s Okay With That

Guess she's not that b*tch.

Lizzo is taking over the world with her body positive, flute playing, sass queening ways and I am not mad about it.

Boss. Source: Giphy

But, it turns out, her fame isn’t entirely her own. Well, it is – she’s a hard working woman who deserves every accolade that comes her way – but it started with someone else. Specifically, a woman named Mina Lioness.

Mina is a British singer and the original genius behind Lizzo’s “100% that b*tch” lyric in her chart-topping song ‘Truth Hurts’.

It all started in February 2017, when Mina tweeted this out into the universe:

Looks very familiar.

Enter Lizzo who apparently saw the tweet on a meme and was inspired to write ‘Truth Hurts’.

At the time the track was initially released, Lizzo denied Mina was the source of the song’s inspiration.

“I’ve never seen this before in my life, that’s crazy,” she said.

“But u know, there’s 10 BILLION ppl on the planet. The odds of multiple people having the same idea are VERY high. The odds of multiple ppl putting it in song w/ millions of streams are low tho. Nothin new under the sun.”

K sure. Source: Giphy

Of course, a legal battle began. But Mina isn’t the only party who tried to cash in on ‘Truth Hurts’.

The Raisen brothers also accused Lizzo of stealing from them. The pair think they should be given credit on ‘Truth Hurts’ because the the lyric — “I just took a DNA test / Turns out I’m 100% that bitch” — was used in an unreleased track called “Healthy” from an April 2017 studio session with Lizzo and other songwriters.

Lizzo’s reps told the New York Times in a statement that the men “did not collaborate with Lizzo or anyone else to create this song, and they did not help write any of the material that they now seek to profit from, which is why they expressly renounced any claim to the work, in writing, months ago.”

Which brings us to today, where Lizzo settled legal issues surrounding the iconic song.

Lizzo has granted Mina credit for ‘Truth Hurts’ along with a share of the royalties.

But while Lizzo has squashed her beef with Mina, she is now suing The Raisen brothers and a third writer, Jesse Saint John, who claim they deserve credit too.

She’s seeking a declaratory judgement that none of them had any part in Truth Hurts, and for unspecified damages.

Basically, it’s a bit of a hot mess. But it’s refreshing to see Lizzo be open and honest about the controversy.

It’s nice to see Lizzo admit her past mistakes and give credit where credit is due.

And to not let other people stuff her around for a slice of her success.

Like I said, Lizzo is taking over the world. And I am not mad about it.

Mandy Moore Released New Music After 10 Years, Scuse Me While I Cry Into My Candy CD

*cries in 1990s pop*

Where most people were listening to Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears, I was a blasting Mandy Moore through the earphones of my discman. 

Mandy is the most underrated icon of an entire generation of teenage girls who wanted to have the same sweet voice, glitter eyeshadow and love someone as much as candy. 

I-C-O-N-IC. Source: Giphy

But all good things must come to an end and, one fateful day about a decade ago, Mandy stepped away from the microphone for good and decided to pursue a more serious career in acting.

Did I respect her decision? Of course. 

Was I quietly shattered that I would never again be able to dance around my bedroom listening to her latest studio album? Yep. 

Have I listened to ‘Candy’ almost every day since? You better believe it. 

But now, friends, the day has come. Mandy ‘Candy’ Moore has released her first new music in ten years. She has risen from the abandoned ashes of her childhood singing career and brought something fresh to our ears. 

Mandy’s new track is called ‘When I Was Watching’ and it’s a mood. Not a sultry, poppy mood like ‘Candy’ (nothing will ever again reach ‘Candy’ status), but a mature, mellow, adult mood feat. Mandy swaying around in a beautiful red dress. 

Notice how Many casually dropped the news that she has an entire album on the way?^ Yeah, people have lost their minds and, same. 

I stan an iconic, resilient, talented queen. Even if I am quietly salty that I’ll never be able to pull off a short choppy ‘cool girl’ haircut like she can.

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