Some people will never forget where they were when they found out Joe Biden became the president-elect and Kamala Harris the vp-elect on Nov. 7. For Taylor Swift, it was while she was directing a video shoot when she got the notification on her phone.
Swift recalled the "moment of quiet, cautious elation and relief" that day in her Entertainers of the Year cover story for Entertainment Weekly. After realizing on the set of the EW cover shoot on Election Day (Nov. 3) that no clear winner would be declared, she waited it out like the rest of us. Then four long days later, while standing next to her director of photography Rodrigo Prieto, Swift received a news alert that would change the course of history: "Biden is our next president. He's won the election."
"And I showed it to Rodrigo and he said, 'I'm always going to remember the moment that we learned this.' And I looked around, and people's face shields were starting to fog up because a lot of people were really misty-eyed and emotional, and it was not loud," she remembered during her cover story interview. "It wasn't popping bottles of champagne. It was this moment of quiet, cautious elation and relief."