Here’s Why Taylor Swift Presenting Lady Gaga With Her Golden Globe Was Important

On Sunday night, Lady Gaga took home what turned out to be the only win at the Golden Globes for her critically and commercially successful film A Star Is Born. Gaga and her co-writers Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando and Andrew Wyatt won Best Original Song for their hauntingly beautiful “Shallow,” with the award presented by Idris Elba and surprise presenter Taylor Swift.

Visibly emotional from the win, Gaga followed Ronson’s list of thank yous and praise for Mother Monster by addressing her fellow winners, saying “As a woman in music, it is really hard to be taken seriously as a musician and as a songwriter and these three incredible men lifted me up and supported me.”

Gaga, who also worked with songwriters Hillary Lindsey and Julia Michaels on A Star Is Born and won an Emmy with Diane Warren for “Till It Happens To You” from the 2015 documentary The Hunting Ground, is one of the most visible artists in pop music. Always one to use her platform to champion a cause, Gaga’s comments on the difficulty of being a woman in music were especially poignant considering the singer’s incredible success. If it’s tough to be Lady Gaga, how can any woman make it?

By shining a light on the importance of working with and championing female songwriters, Gaga’s words will hopefully resonate with more producers, label execs and artists looking for talent. Gaga’s message felt even more powerful with Swift on stage, with the country-turned-pop singer repeatedly breaking ground in her career, first by signing to Big Machine Records at age 15 as a singer and songwriter and later by continually adding to her long list of writing credits and award wins (including the first-ever Taylor Swift Award and Pop Songwriter of the Year Award, both presented to her by BMI in 2016).

Swift’s work as a songwriter has also been recognized by the Globes. She’s previously been nominated twice in the same category, once for “Safe and Sound” from The Hunger Games soundtrack in 2013 and again the following year for “Sweeter Than Fiction” from One Chance.

Here’s hoping both Swift and Gaga continue their efforts to work with other female songwriters and to push back on the male-dominated music industry.