Taylor Swift had her own gold rush on Sunday at the Billboard Music Awards, where she continued her reign as the most awarded female musician.
The “Anti-Hero” singer-songwriter won 10 awards at the annual awards show, including best lead artist. As part of the first-ever digital-only version of the program, artists and honorees performed and accepted their awards remotely from locations around the world. Swift celebrated her victories in a video recorded in Brazil.
“This is unreal,” he said while holding up his new Billboard award. “The fact that you guys gave me 10 Billboard Awards, I’m talking specifically to the fans, none of this happens without you.”
The 33-year-old thanked her Swifties for their continued support of her lucrative and “magical” Eras tour and re-recordings. Over the course of her Ages of Her tour, Swift released reissues of “Speak Now” and “1989” and became box office queen for the accompanying concert film.
She continued: “I feel like the luckiest person in the world to have you on my side and to care about the music I make. So thank you… 10 million times for this.”
Following her impressive haul on Sunday, Swift racked up a total of 39 Billboard Music Awards, tying her with Drake. The “For All the Dogs” rapper took home five awards, including best rap artist. Country star Morgan Wallen was the biggest winner of the night, with 11 wins.
Swift accepted her Billboard Awards just one day after postponing her Saturday show in Brazil amid a record heat wave in Rio de Janeiro. The singer announced her postponement after her fan Ana Clara Benevides, a 23-year-old psychology student, fainted in the front row of her Friday concert at the Nilton Santos Olympic Stadium.
Benevides received 40 minutes of CPR at the scene before being taken to a hospital, where she died, her friend Thiago Fernandes told the Brazilian newspaper. Folha de S. Paulo. Concert organizer Time For Fun corroborated Fernandes’ account in an Instagram post, adding that Benevides died after receiving emergency medical care for an hour. No official cause of death has been reported.
“I can’t even express how devastated I am about this,” Swift shared Friday in a handwritten note. “There is very little information I have other than the fact that she was incredibly beautiful and too young.”
Benevides’ father, Weiny Machado, expressed his pain to Folha de S. Paulo. He said his daughter was graduating in April and that she attended the concert to fulfill a dream.
Time For Fun rescheduled Saturday’s show to Monday. On Sunday, Swift returned to the stadium stage where she performed “Bigger Than the Whole Sky” in honor of Benevides, according to TMZ.
in a video circulating on social networks On Monday, Benevides’ mother, Adriana Benevides, thanked Swift’s fans and their families who contributed to a fundraiser in her daughter’s honor. Adriana said she learned how much her daughter was loved by her fellow fans.
After the Rio shows, Swift will take her Eras tour to Allianz Parque in São Paulo from Friday to Sunday.
Times staff writer Carlos De Loera contributed to this report.