Tonight, Taylor Swift was honoured with the Artist Of The Decade award at the 2019 American Music Awards.

Taylor Swift was welcomed to stage my legendary songwriter Carole King. “The past decade has been incredible for this brilliant artist and the best is yet to come,” King shared before Swift launched into a medley of her decade-defining hits. Opening the performance with Lover track ‘The Man’, she then transitioned into Fearless track ‘Love Story’, Red track ‘I Knew You Were Trouble’, 1989 tracks ‘Blank Space’ and ‘Shake It Off’ — the latter which she was joined by Halsey and Camila Cabello, and finishing on ‘Lover’. It was a glorious, perfect ode to an artist who has acted as the soundtrack to our adolescence. Check out footage of the performance below.

After her performance, Swift heaped praise on Carole King.  “I remember when I fell in love with music, it was right around the time that I realized an artist could transcend so many different phases and changes in people’s lives. You taught me that was a possibility,” she shared.

“All any of the artists, or anyone in this room wants is to create something that will last, whatever it is in life.

“The fact that this is an award that celebrates a decade of hard work and art and fun and memories, all that matters to me is the memories that I have had with you guys, with you the fans over the years.”

Swift’s performance comes after she publicly called out music industry big wigs Scooter Braun and Scott Borchetta after they allegedly attempted to bar her from performing cuts from her back-catalogue at the AMAs ceremony. In an open letter, Swift alleged that “they [Braun, Borchetta] claim that would be re-recording my music before I’m allowed to next year.”

Thankfully, Swift reached a deal that allowed her to perform her songs after all.

In addition to being awarded Artist of the Decade, Lover scored a win for Favourite Pop/Rock album. This win marks Swift’s 25th AMA, making her the artist with the most wins in the show’s history.