Taylor Swift took home the prize of Video of the Year at the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards on August 26, 2019. She won the award for the video “You Need to Calm Down.” Read the full transcript of her acceptance speech at the VMA’s!

Taylor Swift:                 00:08                I just want to say that this is a fan-voted award. I first want to say thank you to the fans, because in this video several points were made, so you voting for this video means that you want a world where we’re all treated equally under the law regardless of who we love, regardless of how we identify. At the end of this video there was a petition, and there still is a petition, for the equality act which, basically, just says we all deserve equal rights under the law. I want to thank everyone who signed that petition, because it now has half a million signatures which is five times the amount that it would need to warrant a response from the White House.

Taylor Swift:                 01:07                I love my cast. I am so grateful to everyone who was in this video, the ones who are here, the ones who are at home. We love you so much. Thank you for doing this with us. I love my co-executive producer, Todrick Hall. I love my … I’m so grateful to my co-director Drew Kirsch. Thank you so much, and thank you to the fans for everything you do for us. My cast lived their lives so authentically. Thank you for being the example that you are. I love you guys so much. Thank you. MTV for lifting up this point in this video. We love you.