Taylor Swift really made a surprise appearance at the 2022 VMAs, broke the internet, again, and went home. Icon behavior.
Among all the awards shows out there, the MTV VMAs has always been known in the zeitgeist for its iconic, wild, and unexpected moments. While the show’s quality in recent years has been influx, we do get our occasional pop culture moment that gets the internet talking. And the 2022 VMAs was no exception with Lizzo not hesitating to call out her haters (and referencing the Nicki Minaj and Miley Cyrus VMA feud), BLACKPINK’s Lisa making history as the first K-pop soloist to win a VMA, and Nicki Minaj’s Video Vanguard performance being some of the standout moments. But undoubtedly, the one star who truly stole the night was Taylor Swift. And note, she didn’t even perform, but that’s what happens when you are the music industry. Here are just some of the reasons why she was the main character of the 2022 VMAs.
Team All Too Well bringing the emotional pain to the VMAs… ?♬ Pink Venom – BLACKPINK
Taylor Swift wasn’t slated to perform at the show. While she was nominated, her presence wasn’t a guarantee, because up until that point, she only made three public appearances. But lo and behold, Ms. Swift did show up and she made sure to show up and out. Taylor wore a stunning backless crystal-lined Oscar de la Renta dress and was giving that diamonds in the tub scene in the Look What You Made Me Do music video. Her Reputation-esque look is arguably one of her best award show fits yet and her arrival on the black carpet caused mass shocks both at the venue and on social media.
TAYLOR SWIFT IS A BLINK
Over the years, Taylor has built a reputation of enjoying herself whenever she attends music award shows. She’s a woman who knows how to have fun and enjoy the night. And true to that, she was having the time of her life at the VMAs. As seen on fan cams during the show, Taylor was spotted jamming out to many of the night’s performances. With drink in hand, she was having the time of her life during BLACKPINK’s performance. Not only did she know many of the words to Pink Venom, she also did some of the choreography. Taylor Swift BLINK confirmed. Other performances where she was spotted living her concert fantasy include Nicki Minaj, Lizzo, and J Balvin.
HISTORIC VMA WINS
Taylor Swift is probably making room right now in her already long awards closet considering she left the venue with a bucket of Moon Persons. At the end of the night, Taylor took home three awards, Best longform video, Best direction, and the top prize of the night, Video of the year, all for All Too Well (10 Minute Version) (Taylor’s Version). With her Video of the year win, Taylor Swift became the first ever artist in history to win the top prize three times. To think, 13 years ago, Taylor made her VMAs debut where Kanye West infamously interrupted her speech yet here she is now continuing to bag these Ws.
TAYLOR’S 10th ALBUM INCOMING
Ah, the announcement that shook the internet. During her acceptance speech for Video of the year, she shared that her fans have been very generous with supporting her and that it only felt right to do the same. So, she announced that her new album, Midnights, was dropping on October 21. Later that day, she revealed that Midnights will be a collection of 13 songs she wrote during her sleepless nights throughout her life. “This is a collection of music written in the middle of the night, a journey though terrors and sweet dreams,” said Taylor. “The floors we pace and the demons we face. For all of us who have tossed and turned and decided to keep the lanterns lit and go searching – hoping that just maybe, when the clock strikes twelve …we’ll meet ourselves.”
And just like that, Taylor Swift stole the whole night. The fact that she attended the after party in a blue mini romper and faux-fur coat like she just didn’t break the internet with her 10th studio album announcement makes it more iconic. Based on what Taylor has said, the album looks to be one of her most depressing, somber, and intimate yet, we already love it. And that album cover with Taylor holding the lighter, CO2 queen. With Midnights now set to come, those persistent rumors of Taylor announcing a world tour for 2023 feel just a little bit more real now. And by the way, October 21 so happens to be Kim Kardashian’s birthday, just saying.
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