Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift, 32, received a PhD honorary cause in Fine Arts from New York University (NYU). It was this Wednesday, and in his speech at the graduation ceremony of students not only this year, but the two previous ones, because of the pandemic – that’s why the event took place at the stadium of the New York Yankees baseball team -, Taylor Swift confessed, jokingly, “90% sure the reason I’m there is because there’s a song called ’22’”, a reference to this year.
In a speech addressed to recent graduates, to whom he said that “everything will be fine”, he explained: “Life can be heavy, especially if we try to grasp everything at once. Part of growing up and opening new chapters in our lives is about taking it and letting it go,” said the artist, known for her success “Shake It Off”. “We can choose what we have time and space for in our lives”, she added, confessing that this implies a mix of feelings and expectations. “I have some good news: Everything is totally up to us. I have some terrifying news: It’s totally up to us,” added a prettily dressed Taylor Swift, just like all the other finalists.
For the singer, it is inevitable to make a mistake. “Sometimes we are going to make mistakes. Me too.” But in the end, “when difficult things happen to us, we are going to recover, we are going to learn from it and we are going to become more resilient because of it,” she explained, quoted by the magazine. people. And we need others, he continues. The singer also highlighted the fact that no one present at the ceremony “did it all alone”. “Each of us is a patchwork quilt of those who loved us, who believed in our futures, who showed us empathy and kindness, or who told us the truth even when it wasn’t easy to hear,” she explains.
That’s why Taylor Swift hopes that new graduates can find their “own way to express their gratitude for all the steps and mistakes that have led them” to where they are now. After all, they have reasons for that: “You worked, you struggled, you sacrificed, you studied, and you dreamed to be here today.”
A degree for a successful career
At the age of 15, Taylor Swift had already entered the world of music and, soon, left her studies at the expense of a successful career. “I never got to have a university experience. I went to public school in secondary school until the 10th grade and then I finished my education doing school work on the floor of airport terminals”, she revealed in her speech, quoted by ABC News Australia.
The singer also spoke of the pressure not to make mistakes that she was subjected to during her growth for being a role model for millions of teenagers. “I was being fed the message that if I didn’t make any mistakes, every kid in America would grow up to be perfect angels,” she said, adding that she doesn’t wish the same experience on anyone else.
During her career of more than 15 years, Taylor Swift has sold more than 100 million albums and has 11 Grammys in her repertoire. Among the awards won are three Grammys for best album — having been the first woman to achieve this feat: “folklore” in 2021; “1989” in 2016; and “fearless” in 2010. In 2019, he was awarded the title of “Artist of the Decade” by the American Music Awards. In the same year, she won the “Woman of the Decade” award from the billboard.
Her career has now been recognized by NYU, an institution that already offered a course on Taylor Swift, including her evolution not only as a musical artist, but also her creative and entrepreneurial ability. Among the topics addressed are her media representation and her influence on the work of other singers such as Olivia Rodrigo and Billie Eilish, for example.
In a statement, regarding the award of the PhD in Fine Arts, NYU described the singer as “one of the most prolific and celebrated artists of her generation”. At one time, Taylor Swift had already admitted her desire to receive a honorary cause and justified: “I really want a doctorate honorary causebecause Ed Sheeran has one, and I think he looks down on me because I don’t.” Voguein 2016.
Text edited by Barbara Wong