Taylor Swift’s “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” topped the Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks, before even performing the song on television. The 22-year-old singer-songwriter made the live TV debut of her hit single Thursday night (Sept. 6) at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards.
The performance, essentially a live version of the track’s music video, featured band members dancing on stage in furry animal costumes and Swift swinging her blonde ponytail from left to right, singing about the boy she is “never ever ever” going to date again.
Dressed in the theme of her upcoming album, “Red,” due Oct. 22, Swift danced around the stage in a red-and-white striped sweater, classic black shorts and bright red sneakers. She looked casual and cool, throwing on a pair of black sunglasses and trying to show the world that even sweet T-Swift has attitude.
After first walking the red carpet in a white jumpsuit earlier Thursday evening, the “You Belong With Me” songstress closed the two-hour awards show by jumping off stage and crowd-surfing her way through the audience.
Pink, Rihanna, A$AP Rocky, Lil Wayne, 2 Chainz, Nicki Minaj, Alicia Keys, Frank Ocean, One Direction and Green Day also performed at the 2012 VMAs, which sent U.K. boy band and first-time attendees One Direction home with three awards.
Although Swift was not nominated for a Video Music Award this year, she took home the moonman for Best Female Video in 2009 for “You Belong With Me.” She has also claimed accolades including Billboard’s Woman of the Year (2011) and No. 1s on the Billboard 200, Digital Songs, Radio Songs, Pop Songs, Country Songs and Country Albums charts, among others. She’s sold 17.8 million albums in the U.S. and 50 million downloads, according to Nielsen SoundScan, since arriving with her self-titled debut album and introductory single, “Tim McGraw,” six years ago.