Taylor Swift Set to Open VMAs With 'Same Drag Queens' From Miley Cyrus' 2015 VMAs Performance

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Taylor Swift performs on ABC's Good Morning America at SummerStage at Rumsey Playfield, Central Park on Aug. 22, 2019 in New York City. 

Pop superstar Taylor Swift made a splash earlier this year when she released her LGBTQ Pride anthem "You Need To Calm Down," along with an accompanying video featuring a cavalcade of queer actors, musicians, influencers and drag queens joining in on her fun. Now, it looks like Swift is set to continue that fun at this year's MTV Video Music Awards. 

According to a VMAs insider, Swift will be taking the stage tonight to open the show, accompanied by a bevy of drag performers, many of whom also performed alongside fellow pop star Miley Cyrus during her 2015 performance at the VMAs. "Taylor Swift is opening the VMAs tonight, performing with the same drag queens who were in Miley’s VMAs performance a few years ago,” the insider tells Billboard.    

For those who don't remember, Cyrus closed the 2015 VMAs with a performance of her brand new single "Dooo It," which featured a bevy of famous drag queens and dancers, including Alyssa Edwards, Shangela, Willam, and "You Need To Calm Down" video participants Delta Work and Trinity K. Bonet.  

Elaborating on their comment, the insider tells Billboard that they were happy to see Swift continuing to show her support for the LGBTQ community. “Miley has been an outspoken LGBTQ+ advocate for years with her Happy Hippie Foundation and now Taylor is doing the same thing” they say.

Representatives for Swift did not respond to Billboard's request for comment. Watch the VMAs tonight at 8 p.m. ET on MTV.


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