As she often does at awards shows, Taylor Swift made her presence strongly felt at the American Music Awards last night. Without even taking home any trophies.
The artist danced in the crowd at various times. She teared up when best friend Selena Gomez cried on stage over Justin Bieber.
And, of course, Swift also took to the stage, opening the show with the first-ever live performance of “Blank Space.”
Swift (who did appear to lip-synch) re-created the theme of her Blank Space music video at the AMAs, acting as the psycho-ex girlfriend to a number of (hot!) men and even lighting a single rose in flames at one point.
Several of the backup singers (serving as faux suitors) donned zombie-like makeup for the performance, along with scratches on their skin to represent the aftermath of a brutal relationship with Swift.
You’ve gotta applaud the artist for poking fun at her real-life reputation in this way, don’t you?
Especially when the track is just so darn catchy!
“#BlankSpace performance tonight on the #AMAs!!!!!!! It’s gonna be crazy. No like, actually crazy,” Swift Tweeted prior to the show.
And while Taylor didn’t win any awards in the main categories, she did accept the first-ever Dick Clark Award for Excellence, in honor of her historical record-setting album sales.
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Taylor Swift Opens American Music Awards, Acts Like Psycho Ex-Girlfriend on Stage