After crushing the Billboard charts with her album 1989, Taylor Swift can undoubtedly be anointed as the top artist of the year. Despite raking in a plethora of accolades, Swift continues to show humility and respect for other artists. The superstar singer recently sat down with Time and discussed two of rap's biggest female artists, Nicki Minaj and Iggy Azalea. She complimented their songwriting abilities and defended them for the scrutiny they've received as lyricists.

"And we all know it’s a feminist issue. My friend Ed [Sheeran], no one questions whether he writes everything. In the beginning, I liked to think that we were all on the same playing field. And then it became pretty obvious to me that when you have people sort of questioning the validity of a female songwriter, or making it seem like it’s somehow unacceptable to write songs about your real emotions—that it somehow makes you irrational and overemotional—seeing that over the years changed my view. It’s a little discouraging that females have to work so much harder to prove that they do their own things. I see Nicki Minaj and Iggy Azalea having to prove that they write their own raps or their own lyrics, and it makes me sad, because they shouldn’t have to justify it."

Rappers like Kendrick Lamar and Kevin Gates have admitted to having a soft spot for the songstress. Everyone loves Taylor.


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