In a recent interview with Time Magazine, Taylor opened up about what it feels like to always be pitted against Beyoncé and being compared to her.
Beyoncé And Taylor Swift’s Friendship
The first major moment between both the artists was when in 2009, Kanye West ruined Taylor’s VMA moment by rushing up on stage and claiming that Beyoncé deserved the award instead of Taylor.
Beyoncé responded to this by calling Taylor on stage for an acceptance speech during one of the awards that she won. Ever since then, both these leading ladies have constantly been there for each other and have always shown up. Bey has sent Taylor flowers on multiple occasions, congratulating her for her success, meanwhile, Taylor has always spoken of Bey in a loving and inspiring way.
Both the artists recently released their concert films and they both supported each other by showing up at the premiere.
Taylor dedicated an entire post to Beyoncé for showing up at her premiere. She wrote, “I’m so glad I’ll never know what my life would’ve been like without Beyonce’s influence. The way she’s taught me and every artist out here to break rules and defy industry norms. Her generosity of spirit. Her resilience and versatility. She’s been a guiding light throughout my career and the fact that she showed up tonight was like an actual fairytale.”
So why then, are they pitted against each other like they are enemies?
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Taylor Swift Opens Up On Being Pitted Against Beyoncé
As the two leading ladies on the scene of women in music right now, sure enough, they get pitted against each other all the time. Swifties hate the Beyhive and vice versa.
Taylor Swift is better than Beyonce because even Taylor’s worst songs still have a semblance of melody, while Beyonce usually devolves into ugly jungle noises and rapping instead of what a sensitive soul would call “music”.— Cobra Powers (@CobraSupremacy) December 3, 2023
Swift spoke up on this in her recent interview and how she feels about being pitted against Beyoncé. She described the ‘Renaissance‘ artist by saying, “She’s the most precious gem of a person — warm and open and funny,”
Then she talked about the influence Beyoncé has had on the industry, saying, “And she’s such a great disrupter of music-industry norms. She taught every artist how to flip the table and challenge archaic business practices.”
About the comparisons both artists get all the time, the ‘Cruel Summer‘ singer said, “There were so many stadium tours this summer, but the only ones that were compared were me and Beyoncé. Clearly it’s very lucrative for the media and stan culture to pit two women against each other, even when those two artists in question refuse to participate in that discussion.”