In the midst of a monumental release week, Taylor Swift stopped by the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards on Monday (Aug. 26) to play some cuts from her new album, Lover -- with help from some very special guests.
Continuing the pro-LGBTQ+ message of “You Need To Calm Down” and its star-studded music video, Swift re-created the rainbow-colored clip, with virtual-reality lyrics popping out from the screen (as well as “Equality Act” as the song came to a close). A few superstar drag queens also stopped by the stage, including Tatianna, Jade Jolie and Trinity The Tuck Taylor, among others.
Then Swift slowed down the tempo, donned a shimmering purple jacket, grabbed a guitar that read ‘Lover’ and launched into a gorgeous, faithful rendition of her new album’s title track. The entirety of the Prudential Center in Newark swayed along with Swift, who took a hearty bow as the arena crowd applauded the opening.