Battle of the fans? After winning three awards at the 2013 CMA Awards on Wednesday, Nov. 6, Taylor Swift had a lot to be thankful for. The 23-year-old singer gave a special shout-out to her fans in the press room backstage at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn.
"For me when I think about them, and I think about my fans as a group. I think about the little things. I think about the letters that I get from classrooms, and the YouTube videos of some little girl opening up her Christmas present and it's tickets to my show. And I think of young girls learning lessons on guitar," she shared. "Sometimes I'll sit in a position where I can watch people leave the shows and I'll look at the shirts that they made and the signs and some people will cover themselves in Christmas lights so I can see them from the stage. I know that's creepy but I just like to watch."
Swift also praised her loyal supporters for being kind and respecting others.
"I just feel so proud that my fans are always nice to other fans," she added. "They don't say hateful things. They don't say they're going to set people on fire or anything. They're not sending death threats to other people."
The "Red" singer seems to be referring to some of the headline-making attacks fans of her fellow artists like Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber have made in the past. Most recently, Gaga's "little monsters" unleashed their fury against Kelly Osbourne following a feud the "Applause" singer got into with the E! Fashion Police host. "Monsters, please just focus on the positive of tonight's performance and do not send any hateful messages," Gaga pleaded to her fans on Twitter. "I don't support it. #SpreadLove."
Swift's good friend Selena Gomez also recently opened up about receiving death threats from Bieber's fans on Twitter while they were dating. "I understand it. I was in love with Jesse McCartney. I was 13, and he was my life -- everything to me," Gomez, 21, admitted in an interview with Ryan Seacrest in July. "He was with Katie Cassidy and I was so upset. It's obviously not nice, but I get it."
Swift further acknowledged her appreciation for her fans' good behavior on Twitter after the CMA Awards. She retweeted one reporters note from the press room: "@taylorswift13 just complimented her fans for not being the type of fans who threaten to set other stars' fans on fire on Twitter. #accurate." She also tweeted a video of her winning the prestigious Pinnacle Award and wrote, "Tonight was my favorite CMAs ever, and I'm thinking about you all tonight. So many beautiful memories this year."