Taylor Swift debuted a new song about Kanye West at the MTV VMAs Sunday night (Sept. 12) that found the country star offering words of encouragement to the rapper. The song, titled “Innocent,” will appear on Swift’s upcoming album, “Speak Now.”
After flashing footage of West’s infamous interruption of her acceptance speech at last year’s VMAs, Swift appeared in a beige dress and ruby-red lipstick and began strumming the tune, which featured lyrics about “losing your balance on a tightrope.” Striding out of a set design shaped like a decrepit house, Swift performed the gentle chorus: “It’s all right, just wait and see/Your string of light is still bright to me/ Who you are is not who you’ve been/You’re still an innocent.”
Swift brought the ballad home as cracks of thunder transitioned into an image of a rising sun on the screen behind her. “It’s never too late to get back,” the singer crooned.
Swift may be right: West’s performance, set to close out the VMAs, could help restore his reputation after earning boos at last year’s show.