By Karen Mizoguchi for PEOPLE
Taylor attended the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas on Sunday, marking her first awards show appearance since the 64th Annual BMI Pop Awards in May 2016.
Taylor opted for an ethereal pink Versace gown that featured a thigh-high slit and embellished silver details on the bodice. She topped off her looks with Hueb earrings and shoes by Casadei.
During the show, the entertainer picked up the award for top female artist and gave a shout-out to her opening acts Charli XCX and Camila Cabello.
“I haven’t been to an awards show in a few years and it is so nice to be here tonight,” she said. “And it’s so nice to receive female artist. I’m on an all-female artist stadium tour right now,
so I have to start out by saying ‘Thank you’ to my tourmates Charli XCX and Camila Cabello.” - Taylor Swift
Swift also thanked “all the female artists that paved the way for us” as well as her fans for their support.
Later in the night, she gave an emotional speech when accepting the trophy for top selling album.
“You guys, when I started writing songs when I was 12, I started writing songs because it made me feel more understood,” she said. “When I was making Reputation, this album, for a while
there I was feeling really misunderstood by a lot of people. So I want to say to the fans, thank you for continuing to show up. We just started our tour last week and the ways that
you’ve cared about me and the ways that you’ve treated me — thank you for making me feel understood again.” - Taylor Swift