Yes, Beyonce's performance at the VMAs last night was nothing short of incredible. But, lest we forget, the world also approached terminal Swift-ocity during last night's ceremony thanks to Taylor Swift's very Taylor Swift performance of her new single, "Shake It Off."
Last week was a busy one for Swift, with the Reading, PA native both announcing her first "straight-up" pop release, 1989, and releasing its first single, "Shake It Off," with a less-than-well-received video. But last night's performance of "Shake It Off," the track's first live run-through, was far less awkward and cultural appropriation-filled.
Lorde introduced Swift, saying that 1989 would signal the beginning of a "new era" for the pop country star. And, apparently, it did.
Swift began her performance in the style of Marilyn Monroe's "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend," complete with a strapping male ensemble and overhead shot. From there, the Swift-ness took over, with a giant, light-up "1989" looming in the set's background and more dangly metallic fringe than anyone would reasonably be expected to know what to do with. Pop country, this ain't.
Other highlights include Swift poking fun at the Nicky Minaj dancer who was bit by a snake during practice over the weekend, an enamored Miley Cyrus, and Jennifer Lopez looking mildly confused as she watches Swift's set unfold before her. Some, it seems, aren't quite sure what to make of the "straight-up pop" Taylor Swift we're seeing these days.
Check out the performance below: