Taylor Swift Gets Permission to Perform Old Songs During American Music Awards Medley

November 19, 2019



Last week, Taylor Swift and her old record label, Big Machine, got into a war of words when she claimed the label wouldn't allow her to perform a medley of her old hits during the November 24 American Music Awards telecast on ABC. Big Machine responded by saying that Swift's claim was "based on false information," with Swift's rep insisting Big Machine execs "flatly denied" Swift's request to play her old music on the AMAs and in an upcoming Netflix documentary. On Monday, however, a truce was reached, with Big Machine and Dick Clark Productions releasing a joint statement to USA Today which affirmed the right of both Swift and Thomas Rhett to perform any song they pleased during the AMAs. "It should be noted that recording artists do not need label approval for live performances on television or any other live media," the statement went on to say. "Record label approval is only needed for contracted artists' audio and visual recordings and in determining how those works are distributed."