On Thursday, the record executive sat down for a Q&A at the 2019 Entertainment Industry Conference that was co-sponsored by Variety and the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. The event occurred just days after Swift accused Braun and Scott Borchetta of blocking her musical performance planned for this Sunday's American Music Awards, where she will be honored as "Artist of the Decade."
Braun knew this topic would be brought up during the Q&A session, and decided to get it out of the way: "I know where you’re going to go," he told moderator Shirley Halperin. "I’m kind of getting ahead to it. Ask the question!"
Halperin, the executive editor for music for Variety, asked Braun how he felt about the public dispute and having Swift's loyal fanbase, aka the Swifties, cast him as bad guy. Braun didn't specifically mention the singer by name, but suggested he was open to having a conversation to resolve the issue.
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