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Taylor Swift gets political at MTV VMAs: You Need To Calm Down singer lobbies for Equality Act

Taylor Swift gets political at MTV VMAs: You Need To Calm Down singer lobbies for Equality Act

Taylor Swift’s political awakening was on display in full flourish at the MTV Video Music Awards on Monday night as she called out Trump’s White House for ignoring her Equality Act petition. The 29-year-old, who recently said she regrets remaining silent during the 2016 presidential election and vowed to be more active ahead of the

Taylor Swift’s political awakening was on display in full flourish at the MTV Video Music Awards on Monday night as she called out Trump’s White House for ignoring her Equality Act petition.

The 29-year-old, who recently said she regrets remaining silent during the 2016 presidential election and vowed to be more active ahead of the 2020 election, made good on her promise during her triumphant night at the ceremony.

She gave a politically changed performance of her pro LGBTQ+ anthem You Need to Calm Down while opening the show; the words Equality Act flashed up during the rollicking rendition that featured rainbows and drag queens. 

The track also brought the country-turned-pop singer one of the night’s top prizes – Video of the Year. It also took the ‘Video for Good’ statuette for songs that have raised awareness. 

During her acceptance speech for Video of the Year,  she told the crowd: ‘There still is a petition for the Equality Act, which basically says we all deserve equal rights under the law. And, I want to thank everyone who has signed that petition because it now has half a million signatures.’

She then went on to say the petition has ‘five times the amount that it would need to warrant a response from the White House.’ 

Called out: Taylor Swift who recently said she regrets remaining silent during the 2016 presidential election and vowed to be more active ahead of the 2020 election, made good on her promise during her triumphant night at the ceremonyW

Called out: Taylor Swift who recently said she regrets remaining silent during the 2016 presidential election and vowed to be more active ahead of the 2020 election, made good on her promise during her triumphant night at the ceremony

She pretended to check her watch to emphasize how much time has passed since the petition reached that amount of signatures.

Swift was joined by her friends and co-stars from the music video, including her best friend Toderick Hall, Hannah Hart, and more.

The video beat out some famous songs such as the Jonas Brothers’ Sucker music video and Ariana Grande’s video for Thank You, Next.   

Winner! The video beat out some famous songs such as the Jonas Brothers' Sucker music video and Ariana Grande's video for Thank You, Next

Winner! The video beat out some famous songs such as the Jonas Brothers’ Sucker music video and Ariana Grande’s video for Thank You, Next

Beautiful moment: Toderick and Taylor share a special moment after it was announced that their video for You Need To Calm Down won Video of the Year

Beautiful moment: Toderick and Taylor share a special moment after it was announced that their video for You Need To Calm Down won Video of the Year

Swift opened the show with a rainbow-themed performance of her pro-LGBTQ single You Need to Calm Down, followed by her first live performance of the romantic ballad Lover, the lead single from her new, and already best-selling, album of the same name. 

The opening number mimicked the famous music video featuring yellow lawn chairs which she lounged on as she opened up the performance.

As she sang she had enormous rainbows and endless amounts of glitter as she sang the the happy tune.

While she was performing, the singer continued her support of the Equality Act by beaming the words across the stage in bright in yellow as she strutted around.   

Opening act: Taylor Swift 's political awakening was on display in full flourish at the MTV Video Music Awards on Monday night

Opening act: Taylor Swift ‘s political awakening was on display in full flourish at the MTV Video Music Awards on Monday night

Huge number: For the first number, the singer danced around with drag queens, some of whom performed with Miley Cyrus at the 2015 VMAs, while surrounded by rainbows

Huge number: For the first number, the singer danced around with drag queens, some of whom performed with Miley Cyrus at the 2015 VMAs, while surrounded by rainbows

Helping hand: Back in May, Swift created a petition asking fans to help her support the Equality Act. The bill has been passed by the House of Representatives and is currently waiting for the Senate to vote

Helping hand: Back in May, Swift created a petition asking fans to help her support the Equality Act. The bill has been passed by the House of Representatives and is currently waiting for the Senate to vote

Back in May, Swift created a petition asking fans to help her support the Equality Act. The bill has been passed by the House of Representatives and is currently waiting for the Senate to vote.

If passed, it would help protect the LGBTQ community against discrimination based off of ‘sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity.’

She first voiced her support for the act back in October when she showed her support for candidates Phil Bredesen and Jim Cooper in the Tennessee midterm elections saying, ‘I believe in the fight for LGBTQ rights, and that any form of discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender is WRONG.’

Big change: Recently, Swift came out saying she is going to make some positive impact in the next election saying: I just wanna do everything I can for 2020. I wanna figure out exactly how I can help, what are the most effective ways to help'

Big change: Recently, Swift came out saying she is going to make some positive impact in the next election saying: I just wanna do everything I can for 2020. I wanna figure out exactly how I can help, what are the most effective ways to help’

Just a few days ago, Swift called out Donald Trump saying, ‘I really think that he thinks this is an autocracy.’

Swift revealed that back in 2016, had she spoken out about her political views she would have endorsed Hilary Clinton.

But with that in the past, ‘I can’t believe we’re here,’ she told the The Guardian

‘It’s really shocking and awful. And I just wanna do everything I can for 2020. I wanna figure out exactly how I can help, what are the most effective ways to help.’

Big dance number: Taylor and Toderick made sure to bring their all to the big stage during the opening number

Big dance number: Taylor and Toderick made sure to bring their all to the big stage during the opening number

She added: ‘I mean, obviously, I’m pro-choice, and I just can’t believe this is happening. 

‘I can’t believe we’re here. It’s really shocking and awful. And I just wanna do everything I can for 2020. I wanna figure out exactly how I can help, what are the most effective ways to help. ‘Cause this is just…’ she said. ‘This is not it.’ 

Opening attire: She wore a gold bustier leotard top with a pair of dark blue sparkly shorts that she later added a matching blazer over-top of

Opening attire: She wore a gold bustier leotard top with a pair of dark blue sparkly shorts that she later added a matching blazer over-top of

On stage at the VMAs she wore a custom Versace gold bustier metallic top with a pair of dark blue sparkly shorts that she later added a matching blazer over-top of.

Her gold Louboutin boots matched her number perfectly.

She finished off the number with numerous gold chunky necklaces and gold bracelets. 

Performer: Taylor's best friend Toderick Hall was right by her side as the opened the VMAs with her hit song, You need To Calm Down

Performer: Taylor’s best friend Toderick Hall was right by her side as the opened the VMAs with her hit song, You need To Calm Down

After the showstopping number, the Cruel Summer singer walked to the front of the stage with her custom guitar that said ‘Lover’ on it as she performed the album’s leading track.

She performed solo as she sang the words to the romantic tune as her famous friends and fans in the audience such as Gigi Hadid and Camila Cabello sang every word.

The singer seemed elated as she performed the song for the first time in front of a large crowd just days after her seventh studio album was released.

Award winner: Taylor has already won one award of the evening. Taylor and all of her friends won for her music video for You Need to Calm Down

Award winner: Taylor has already won one award of the evening. Taylor and all of her friends won for her music video for You Need to Calm Down

Swift’s performance seemed to give fans and views at home a more intimate feel as she sang the personal song.

She’s left the days of longing for a burning red kind of love singing this new powerful song just days after it was released.

The singer smiled and giggled throughout her performance as fans in the audience waved their hands and sang every word to the newly released song. 

Graceful bow: Taylor bowed to the fans after her anticipated performance in which her friends and fans sang each word along with the star

Graceful bow: Taylor bowed to the fans after her anticipated performance in which her friends and fans sang each word along with the star

Shortly after her performance, she had just enough time to change before winning one of the first awards of the evening.

Her music video for her song You Need To Calm Down won for Video for Good.

And in typical Taylor fashion, she let someone else take the spotlight. Her friend Toderick Hall, who co-executive produced the video, give thanks to the crowd for the special award. 

Miss Americana: The pop sensation performed her new song Lover in front of the VMA crowd as she sported a blue sparkly blazer and matching shorts

Miss Americana: The pop sensation performed her new song Lover in front of the VMA crowd as she sported a blue sparkly blazer and matching shorts

Her looks for this new era have been full of pops of color and iconic as she phases out of the Reputation era.

For her red carpet look, she wore an embellished Versace blazer with the iconic black chains across the jacket.

The Grammy winner wore black thigh-high embellished boots and her signature red lipstick as she posed on the carpets before heading inside to open the show. 

Carpet look: Taylor Swift opted for an embellished Versace look as she walked the red carpet ahead of her opening performance

Carpet look: Taylor Swift opted for an embellished Versace look as she walked the red carpet ahead of her opening performance

Girl Squad: Gigi Hadid, Taylor Swift, Sandra 'Pepa' Denton, Halsey, and Bella Hadid smiled at the MTV VMA's

Girl Squad: Gigi Hadid, Taylor Swift, Sandra ‘Pepa’ Denton, Halsey, and Bella Hadid smiled at the MTV VMA’s

2019 MTV VMA Winners

VIDEO OF THE YEAR

21 Savage ft. J. Cole – a lot

Billie Eilish – Bad Guy

Ariana Grande – thank u, next

Jonas Brothers – Sucker

Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus – Old Town Road (Remix)

Taylor Swift – You Need to Calm Down – WINNER

 

SONG OF THE YEAR

Drake – In My Feelings

Ariana Grande – thank u, next

Jonas Brothers – Sucker

Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper – Shallow

Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus – Old Town Road (Remix) – WINNER

Taylor Swift – You Need to Calm Down

 

BEST COLLABORATION

Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus – Old Town Road (Remix)

Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper – Shallow

Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello – Señorita – WINNER

Taylor Swift ft. Brendon Urie – ME!

Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber – I Don’t Care

BTS ft. Halsey – Boy With Luv

 

BEST POP

5 Seconds of Summer – Easier

Cardi B & Bruno Mars – Please Me

Billie Eilish – Bad Guy

Ariana Grande – thank u, next

Jonas Brothers – Sucker – WINNER

Taylor Swift – You Need to Calm Down

Khalid – Talk

BEST R&B

Anderson .Paak ft. Smokey Robinson – Make It Better

Childish Gambino – Feels Like Summer

H.E.R. ft. Bryson Tiller – Could’ve Been

Alicia Keys – Raise A Man

Ella Mai – Trip

Normani ft. 6lack – Waves – WINNER

 

BEST LATIN

Anuel AA, Karol G – Secreto

Bad Bunny ft. Drake – MIA

benny blanco, Tainy, Selena Gomez, J Balvin – I Can’t Get Enough

Daddy Yankee ft. Snow – Con Calma

Maluma – Mala Mía

ROSALÍA & J Balvin ft. El Guincho – Con Altura – WINNER

 

BEST ROCK

The 1975 – Love It If We Made It

Fall Out Boy – Bishops Knife Trick

Imagine Dragons – Natural

Lenny Kravitz – Low

Panic! At The Disco – High Hopes – WINNER

twenty one pilots – My Blood

 

BEST DIRECTION

Billie Eilish – Bad Guy (Directed by Dave Meyers)

FKA twigs – Cellophane (Directed by Andrew Thomas Huang)

Ariana Grande – thank you, next (Directed by Hannah Lux Davis)  

Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus – Old Town Road (Remix) (Directed by Calmatic) – WINNER

LSD ft. Labrinth, Sia, Diplo – No New Friends (Directed by Dano Cerny)

Taylor Swift – You Need to Calm Down (Directed by Drew Kirsch & Taylor Swift)

 

BEST EDITING

Anderson .Paak ft. Kendrick Lamar – Tints (Editing by Elias Talbot)

Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus – Old Town Road (Remix) (Editing by Calmatic)

Billie Eilish – Bad Guy (Editing by Billie Eilish) – WINNER

Ariana Grande – 7 Rings (Editing by Hannah Lux Davis & Taylor Walsh)

Solange – Almeda (Editing by Solange Knowles, Vinnie Hobbs, Jonathon Proctor)

Taylor Swift – You Need to Calm Down (Editing by Jarrett Fijal)  

ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Cardi B

Billie Eilish

Ariana Grande – WINNER

Halsey

Jonas Brothers

Shawn Mendes

 

BEST NEW ARTIST

Ava Max

Billie Eilish – WINNER

H.E.R.

Lil Nas X

Lizzo

ROSALÍA

 

PUSH ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Bazzi

CNCO

Billie Eilish – WINNER

H.E.R.

Lauv

Lizzo

 

 BEST HIP HOP

2 Chainz ft. Ariana Grande – Rule the World

21 Savage ft. J. Cole – a lot

Cardi B – Money – WINNER

DJ Khaled ft. Nipsey Hussle & John Legend – Higher

Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus – Old Town Road (Remix)

Travis Scott ft. Drake – SICKO MODE

 

BEST K-POP

BTS ft. Halsey – Boy With Luv – WINNER

BLACKPINK – Kill This Love

Monsta X ft. French Montana – Who Do You Love

TOMORROW X TOGETHER – Cat & Dog

NCT 127 – Regular

EXO – Tempo

 

BEST DANCE

The Chainsmokers ft. Bebe Rexha – Call You Mine – WINNER

Clean Bandit ft. Demi Lovato – Solo

DJ Snake ft. Selena Gomez, Ozuna & Cardi B – Taki Taki

David Guetta, Bebe Rexha & J Balvin – Say My Name

Marshmello & Bastille – Happier

Silk City & Dua Lipa – Electricity

 

VIDEO FOR GOOD

Halsey – Nightmare

The Killers – Land of the Free

Jamie N Commons, Skylar Grey ft. Gallant – Runaway Train

John Legend – Preach

Lil Dicky – Earth

Taylor Swift – You Need to Calm Down – WINNER  

 

BEST ART DIRECTION

BTS ft. Halsey – Boy With Luv (Art Direction by JinSil Park, BoNa Kim (MU:E))

Ariana Grande – 7 Rings (Art Direction by John Richoux) – WINNER

Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus – Old Town Road (Remix) (Art Direction by Itaru Dela Vegas)

Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello – Señorita (Art Direction by Tatiana Van Sauter)

Taylor Swift – You Need to Calm Down (Art Direction by Brittany Porter)

Kanye West and Lil’ Pump ft. Adele Givens – I Love It (Art Direction by Tino Schaedler)

  

 

 

 

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