She’s back! Taylor Swift kicked off the 2019 Video Music Awards on Monday, August 26, and her performance was unforgettable. The 29-year-old sang “Lover” and “You Need to Calm Down” off of her new album, Lover, which she dropped on Friday, August 23.
The songstress kept her performance bright and colorful as she rocked out on stage to her two hits. She seems happier than ever with her new music and admitted that she was “proud” of her latest album while walking the red carpet.
Fans lived for the double dose of the pop star. “Taylor Swift’s performance made me cry happy and I can’t wait for her tour so I can cry happy some more,” one fan gushed on Twitter. Someone else added, “That outfit. That production. That stage presence. Them vocals. Those performances were everythingggg.” Another viewer joked, “Consider me 16 again after that [Taylor Swift] performance #SheBack.”
It’s been two years since the popstar graced the VMAs stage. She skipped the star-studded event last year — at the time, Tay was laying low. However, that’s all changed recently. She seems to be in a better mental state these days and her latest album is a testament to that.
Lover is filled with catchy bops about romance and happy endings. It’s basically the opposite of her previous album, Reputation, which was a result of all the Kim Kardashian and Kanye West drama and the backlash that followed.
Let’s not forget when Taylor took to Instagram to call out the couple for claiming she was lying. “Being falsely painted as a liar when I was never given the full story or played any part of the song is character assassination. I would very much like to be excluded from this narrative, one that I have never asked to be a part of, since 2009,” she wrote in a lengthy post in 2016.
This year marks the 10-year anniversary of where all the drama started between Taylor and Kanye. At the 2009 VMAs, while accepting the “Best Female Video” awards for “You Belong With Me,” the rapper interrupted her speech. “Yo, Taylor, I’m really happy for you, I’ma let you finish, but Beyoncé had one of the best videos of all time!” he said, which became one of the most iconic moments in pop culture history.
The blonde beauty is all about leaving things in the past, though. That also applies to her music. She recently found out Scooter Braun purchased her discography, leaving her with no ownership rights, but she’s taking control and rerecording her old songs. We can’t wait to hear the new versions!