Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3470: Taylor Swift's Speech at 2016 Grammys - Body Language (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

Last night at the 2016 Grammy Awards, Taylor Swift won the Album of the Year for "1989". She won the same award for her second album, "Fearless" in 2009.

Many thought Swift was directing her remarks at Kanye West during her acceptance speech. Who ever these were for, there was significant negative emotion being projected. What follows are two classic nonverbal displays - occurring in the space of a single word.

".... And as the first woman to win 'Album of the Year' at the Grammys twice, I want to say to all the young women out there: there are going to be people along the way who - will try to undercut your success - or take credit for your accomplishments, or your fame - but if you just focus on the work and you don’t let those people sidetrack you, someday when you get where you’re going, you’ll look around and you will know that it was you and the people who love you who put you there and that will be the greatest feeling in the world. Thank you - for this moment."

2:09 as she says, "... credit ..."

Partial closing of the eyelids with moderate muscle tension (particularly evidenced in the lower eyelids) indicative of mild to moderate levels of anger.

2:09 as Swift says,  as she says "... Credit ...", she displays significant disgust evidenced by mild-moderate mid-facial tension with mild nasal flaring.

Swift's disgust is amplified by the anger continued eyelid tension and partial closure.

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3469: Leonardo DiCaprio and Dame Maggie Smith on BAFTA Awards Kiss Cam - The British Academy Film Awards

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3464: Of Katie Holmes, Super Bowls, Smiles and Anxiety

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3449: Natalie Portman's Hands

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3450: Kanye West reacts to Paparazzi's questions regarding Wiz Khalifa 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3439: Ted Cruz and the Lateral Lip Purse

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3424: Donald Trump, "Hillary Clinton created ISIS with Obama" 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3417: Freshman Mistakes and Faux Pas Abound - Debates and Body Language 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3190: Taylor Swift's Body Language of Feigned Surprise