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Big Machine Clarifies That Taylor Can Perform Her Big Machine Hits At The AMAs

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(CelebrityAccess) — Taylor Swift will be able to perform her hits, including those from her time with her former label Big Machine Records, at the AMA Awards next week.

In a joint statement, Big Machine and dick clark Productions affirmed that Swift can perform the music, and noted they have reached an agreement to grant all licenses of their artists’ performances to stream post-show and for re-broadcast on mutually approved platforms.

The joint statement went on to note that “recording artists do not need label approval for live performances on television or any other live media. Record label approval is only needed for contracted artists’ audio and visual recordings and in determining how those works are distributed.”

However, confusingly, DCP on Monday said that it was not aware of any agreement and in a statement to Variety, a rep for DCP said: “At no time did dick clark productions agree to, create, authorize or distribute a statement in partnership with Big Machine Label Group regarding Taylor Swift’s performance at the 2019 American Music Awards.  Any final agreement on this matter needs to be made directly with Taylor Swift’s management team. We have no further comment.”

Last Thursday, Swift took to social media to lash out at Big Machine, claiming the label had denied her request to perform some of her early songs at the award show where she is being honored as the artist of the decade and from using the material during an upcoming Netflix special.

Big Machine later denied her claim and issued a statement that, in part, said: “At no point did we say Taylor could not perform on the AMAs or block her Netflix special. In fact, we do not have the right to keep her from performing live anywhere. Since Taylor’s decision to leave Big Machine last fall, we have continued to honor all of her requests to license her catalog to third parties as she promotes her current record in which we do not financially participate.”

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