Taylor Swift's official switch from country to pop with her multi-hit, best-selling "1989" album brought the singer her second Grammy Award win for album of the year.

Swift was shocked when she won the night's top prize, beating out Kendrick Lamar, Chris Stapleton, Alabama Shakes and the Weeknd. Swift used her speech to encourage young women who feel defeated at times or discouraged by others.

"There will be people along the way that will try to undercut your success or take credit for your accomplishments or your fame.

"But if you just focus on the work and don't let those people sidetrack you, someday when you get where you're going, you'll look around, and you'll know that it was you and the people who love you that put you there.

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And that will be the greatest feeling in the world."

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Her speech could be directed partly to Kanye West, who recently said in a new song that he made Swift famous after he stole her microphone at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards.


Swift, who won the album of the year Grammy for "Fearless" in 2009, walked away Monday with three awards, including best pop vocal album and music video for "Bad Blood," at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

-AP, nzherald.co.nz