On Sunday, Swift will receive the artist of the decade award at the American Music awards (AMAs) at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.
For a few days it seemed like she would not be able to play her older hits, caught in a contractual dispute with her former record label.
It was the kind of argument usually resolved behind closed doors by sober-suited lawyers boringly parsing contract and copyright law.
Instead, #IStandWithTaylor became a trending topic on Twitter worldwide and Swift once again proved corporate America is no match for her talents.
She may also, and not for the first time, have reshaped the music world, thereby challenging who owns what in an industry still reeling from its transition to digital.
Big Machine’s founder, Scott Borchetta, signed Swift when she was just 15 after discovering her performing in a cafe and helped guide her from country newcomer to global pop phenomenon.
Swift has said she thought Borchetta regarded her “as the daughter he never had”.