Taylor Swift Brings Nine Dates To VMAs, Because She’s Taylor Swift
By now, we all know that Taylor Swift’s friends are permanent fixtures at her shows and at her New York apartment, baking cookies and taking over the world. But those who were excited to see Swift and her boyfriend Calvin Harris walk the VMA not-so-red carpet together last night were sorely disappointed: instead, Swift brought out her “Bad Blood” buddies in a show of solidarity and sisterhood that I’m sure had Katy Perry throwing 3D cupcake pasties at her television screen.
It was a night to remember for Taylor Swift, and not only because she, once again, is redefining “#SquadGoals.” First of all, she introduced and released her brand-new music video for the single “Wildest Dreams” from her album 1989 during the pre-show.
The video is a throwback to Old Hollywood and sees Taylor shed her squeaky-clean persona for a dark wig and some sultry, sexy scenes. Only minutes after the video ended, Nicki Minaj’s opening performance saw Taylor Swift join Nicki onstage in a brilliant duet, complete with matching sparkly, red ensembles for this pop-power duo.
The night didn’t end there for Taylor. She took home moonmen for Best Female Video (“Blank Space”), Best Pop Video (“Blank Space”), and Video of the Year (“Bad Blood”). During her acceptance speech for “Bad Blood,” she didn’t explain the meaning of the video, instead making a positive statement about social progress in America:
“There’s been a lot of discussion about this video and what it means, but I’m just happy that in 2015, we live in a world where boys can play princesses and girls can play soldiers.”
Hear, hear Taylor! Obviously, since the video was such a collaborative effort, when she heard her name called Taylor got up from her seat and smoothly ushered all her friends onto the stage with her—all 9 friends whom she brought as a collective “date” to the event.
There was Lily Aldridge, Cara Delevingne, Hailee Steinfeld, Selena Gomez, Gigi Hadid, Karlie Kloss, Martha Hunt, Mariska Hargitay, and Serayah McNeill, proving that Tay doesn’t need a man.
But perhaps the most satisfying moment of the VMAs for hardcore Swifties was when Taylor introduced Kanye West’s Video Vanguard Award for Lifetime Achievement, echoing his 2009 interruption: “I’m really happy for you and I’mma let you finish, but Kanye had one of the greatest careers of all time.”
This girl has class and sass.