Swift's bad blood with song owners

Taylor Swift's feud with the owners of her older recordings may stop her performing at the AMAs.
Taylor Swift's feud with the owners of her older recordings may stop her performing at the AMAs.

US singer Taylor Swift says she may not perform at the American Music Awards and may have to put other projects including a forthcoming Netflix documentary on hold, because the men who own her old recordings won't allow her to play her songs.

"Right now my performance at the AMAs, the Netflix documentary and any other recorded events I am planning to play until November 2020 are a question mark," Swift said on Twitter and Instagram.

Swift said she had planned to play a medley of her hits when she's named Artist of the Decade at the American Music Awards on November 24, but the men who own the music, Scooter Braun and Scott Borchetta, are calling the television performance an illegal re-recording.

The 29-year-old singer-songwriter has loudly spoken out against her old master recordings falling into the hands of the music manager Braun, who acquired Borchetta's Big Machine Label Group in June.

Swift has used the sale and its aftermath to publicly advocate for the rights of artist.

The pop star called on her legion of fans to put pressure on Braun and Borchetta to allow her performance and other projects to go forward.

That ignited social media, with the hashtags "IStandWithTaylor" and "FreeTaylor" trending worldwide on Twitter.

She also urged her fellow artists, some of whom include Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber are managed by Braun, to speak out.

Australian Associated Press