Taylor Swift has been cleared to perform Shake It Off and her older hit songs at Sunday’s American Music Awards (AMAs) after her former record label backed away from an increasingly bitter row with the music star.
Last week Swift said the new owners of her former music label, Big Machine, had told her she could not perform music from her first five albums at the AMAs, where she is due to receive the artist of the decade award.
The dispute set off a firestorm on social media and dragged in politicians including Senator Elizabeth Warren and congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who attacked Big Machine’s private equity backers.
“Don’t know what else to do,” Taylor wrote on Twitter above a post that said in part: “I just want to be able to perform MY OWN music. That’s it. I’ve tried to work this out privately through my team but have not been able to resolve anything.”
Swift blamed Scott Borchetta, Big Machine’s founder, and Scooter Braun, the high-profile music manager whose Ithaca Holdings bought Big Machine last year for $300m, for the impasse.
“I’m especially asking for help from the Carlyle Group, who put up money for the sale of my music,” Swift said, naming the powerful investment group that helped finance the purchase.
On Monday, Big Machine said in a statement that the two sides “have come to terms on a licensing agreement that approves their artists’ performances to stream post show and for re-broadcast on mutually agreed platforms”.