Taylor Swift Said F–k Gender Norms With Her Video Of The Year Speech

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Could there be a better 2015 VMA nightcap for Taylor Swift than winning Video of the Year?

After the night — and really, the year — that she’s had, probably not.

Taylor provided an assist at the show’s opening, joining Nicki Minaj onstage to perform “The Night Is Still Young” and “Bad Blood,” and then took home the award for Best Female Video. Oh, and before the show even kicked off on air, she won Best Pop Video. And let’s not forget about her glowing introduction of Kanye West for his Video Vanguard Award acceptance speech.

The singer wrapped things up with the night’s big award, when “Bad Blood” won the show’s final Moonman.

The competition was stiff this year, as Tay faced Kendrick Lamar’s “Alright,” Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk,” Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud” and Beyoncé’s “7/11.”

But — just like in the video itself — no matter how tough the opponents, Taylor came out on top this time.

She brought her many celeb friends who starred in the video with her onstage for the speech, and didn’t let her chance at the mic go to waste, either.

First, she shouted out her collaborator on the track, who she called a positive influence on her life.

“I wanna thanks Kendrick Lamar,” she said. “I wish he was here, but he’s off on tour in Europe being amazing.”

She continued to speak from the heart.

“The fact that you would vote and give us this bonding experience that we will have forever, thank you from the bottom of my heart,” she said to her fans, speaking about the chance to share the stage with the ladies from the vid.

“There’s been a lot of discussion about this video and what it means, but I’m just happy that in 2015, we live in a world where boys can play princesses and girls can play soldiers.”