Taylor Swift‘s upcoming American Music Awards live performance might be up in the air. The singer opened up this week about her continued battle over her song rights with Scooter Braun, claiming the prolific music manager is actively blocking her from performing her old songs.
In a statement on Twitter, Swift says Braun, who owns the rights to her music, and Scott Borchetta, the CEO of her old record label Big Machine Records, are preventing her from playing a medley of her songs at the AMAs and have even blocked the use of any of her old music in an upcoming Netflix documentary. This makes any recorded events until November 2020 “a question mark.” She wrote “The message being sent to me is very clear. Basically, be a good little girl and shut up. Or you’ll be punished. This is wrong. Neither of these men had a hand in the writing of those songs.”
The battle over Swift’s music has been regularly erupting into the public sphere since the singer left music Big Machine Label Group. Borchetta subsequently sold BMLG along with Swift’s masters, to Braun, who manages Justin Bieber and Kanye West. According to Forbes, Swift claims Braun is blocking her from buying back her catalogue and has allegedly even directed his clients such as Kanye West, to bully her on several occasions.
In a new petition, fans and fellow artists are rallying behind Swift and demanding the music executives allow her to perform her music. The petition has already garnered over 50,000 signatures.