Taylor Swift’s VMAs Performance Was All Rainbows (And No Kanye)
With a big LGBTIQ+ political statement, too.
Taylor Swift has opened the 2019 VMAs with a technicolour musical performance of Lover’s second single ‘You Need To Calm Down’, followed with a paired-back rendition of ‘Lover’.
Backed by a troupe of performers, Swift started big with a recreation of the all-rainbow pastel trailer park in ‘You Need…”s video, backed with 3D projections of several lyrics floating above the stage.
— Video Music Awards (@vmas) August 27, 2019
Swift was joined by the video’s choreographer Todrick Hall and an assortment of RuPaul’s Drag Race queens playing the song’s ‘pop queens’ who each have a crown.
In one of her most directly political moments, Swift ended the song with a projection of the words ‘Equality Act’, referencing a bill currently in front of the US Senate which would amend the Civil Rights Act to prohibit discrimination on the grounds of sexuality and gender identity.
After that, Swift grabbed a guitar and donned a blue sequinned jacket for a performance of ‘Lover’, prompting a sway along with the crowd.
Notably, the performance contained no reference to the 2009 VMAs, where Kanye West interrupted her acceptance speech for Best Music Video.
Watch the performance below.
— MTV (@MTV) August 27, 2019