Taylor Swift Touched By Aretha Franklin Singing “Happy Birthday” At Billboard Lunch – WATCH VIDEO!

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Taylor Swift Billboard Lunch

By Michael Lewittes


Taylor Swift Billboard Lunch

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Taylor Swift, who was named “Woman Of The Year” by Billboard, got an early birthday gift on Friday when, during the magazine’s “Women In Music” luncheon in New York, Aretha Franklin sang “Happy Birthday” to the younger singer (video below). Not long afterwards, Swift, who was also presented with a birthday cake at the lunch, wrote on Twitter, “Aretha Franklin just sang ‘Happy Birthday’ to me and it will take me decades to recover. #goals”

During the luncheon, which brought out the biggest names in music including, Beyonce, Iggy Azalea, Meghan Trainor, Charli XCX, and Ariana Grande, Swift spoke about being honored again by the music magazine. She said, “Being named Billboard Woman of the Year for a second time is this amazing early birthday present,” adding, “I turn 25 at midnight tonight, and I fully intend to to celebrate like it’s 1989,” referencing her new smash record. When the joke fell flat, she said, “I knew it was a bad joke when I wrote it, and I just did it anyway.”

Swift also told the assembled crowd, “Events like this, where we have the most powerful people in music all gathered in one room, events like this… give me hope that the right conversations will start to take place… The greatest moment of the year for me was when my fans went out and proved that if you provide them with a bold statement and pour your life into an album, they’ll buy it.”

She concluded, “I want to thank Billboard for deciding to make me Woman of the Year for the second time… I really just feel like we need to continue to try and offer something to a younger generation of musicians, because somewhere right now, your future Woman of the Year is probably sitting in a piano lesson or in a girls choir. Today, right now, we need to take care of her. Thank you.”

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