The music world showed their stuff Monday night (Aug. 26) during the VMA awards on MTV. But it was Taylor Swift who schooled the industry with her performance of “You Need to Calm Down” and “Lover.”
With dancers, rainbows, fireworks and exploding mountains flanking the stage for “You Need to Calm Down,” Taylor used every inch of her platform to engage the audience with her message of equality. And fans got really into the performance by singing every word and dancing along.
Then Taylor grabbed her guitar to slow things down as she got intimate with her audience, walking to the end of the stage to perform her song “Lover.” At that point it was just Taylor and her guitar and that’s all Swiftie fans need. Stars like Camila Cabello and Gigi Hadid danced and sang along as DJ Khaled swayed to the ballad.
That wasn’t all. It turned out to be Taylor’s night. The 29-year-old took home the top prize of Video of the Year for “You Need to Calm Down.”
“I just want to say that this is a fan voted awards so I first want to say thank you to the fans because in this video several points were made. So you voting for this video means that YOU want a world where we are all treated equally under the law regardless of who we love, regardless of how we identify,” she said referencing the petition at the end of the video for the equality act.
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“I want to thank everyone signed that petition because it now has half a million signatures which is 5 times the amount that it would need to warrant a response from the White House,” Taylor remarked.
“My cast live their lives so authentically. Thank you for being the example that you are,” she concluded. “We love you.”
Congratulations to Taylor and team!