On Monday night, the world watched the biggest faces in the music industry hit the red-carpet and snag some pretty big awards at the annual MTV VMA's.
But one of the most highly-anticipated guests was pop sensation, Taylor Swift, who's recently made her musical comeback.
The star put on a rainbow-infused performance of her latest hit singles, "You Need To Calm Down" and "Lover," in a musical extravaganza complete with fireworks, drag queens, and dancers galore.
But the singer had one condition in order to take the stage - the drag queens featured in her "You Need To Calm Down" music video must get awards too, otherwise she said that she would refuse to perform at the event.
This week, it was the annual MTV VMAs.
This year's show strayed away from tradition.
Many fans didn't think that he was right for the job.
The bizarre thing about Sebastian Maniscalco as host: his opener was full of bits (“being triggered”/safe spaces) &… https://t.co/Qdhe56yawI— MadBack (@MadBack)1566865274.0
His opening monologue, in particular, came under fire.
we’re 20 mins into the #VMAs & the washed up host has already made a ‘triggered joke’ & mocked safe spaces... 🙄— grayden ♡ (@grayden ♡)1566865210.0
But, backlash aside, we had an exciting night ahead.We all wanted to know who would be taking home the top awards, as well as what our favorite stars would be wearing when they graced the red carpet.
On the red carpet, we were wowed by many of the top stars.There's no better place than the VMAs to sport a head-turning ensemble - there are zero fashion rules at this awards show. From stars such as Taylor Swift and Megan Thee Stallion rocking the blazer vibe, to Lizzo's head-turning red-number, the fashion looks certainly didn't disappoint this year.
Hailed as one of the best-dressed, Zara Larsson, stole the show.The Swedish pop powerhouse gave us major princess vibes in this floaty, pastel pink gown.
But, music-wise, it was a jam-packed evening.Miley Cyrus, and musical newcomers including Lizzo, Lil Naz X, and Ava Max, we were in for an electrifying setlist.
And, of course, we got to find out who would be bagging an award.
It was a good night for seventeen-year-old Billie Eilish.
The "Best Pop" award went to an unlikely winner.
Normani and Korean pop band, BTS, also won big.BTS, who've quickly risen to pop stardom, won "Best Band," and "Best K-Pop," with former Fifth Harmony member, Normani, bagging the prize for "Best R&B" for her hit single “Waves" ft. 6LACK.
"Artist of the Year" is probably the one you've all been waiting for.Shawn Mendes to be crowned artist of the year.
But it didn't stop there for the star.It looks like the pop sensation was in for a huge winning streak last night, also taking home the awards for "Song of Summer" for her latest single, "Boyfriend," and "Best Art Direction," for her popular single "7 Rings."
Another of the night's top prizes went to Lil Naz X.
But Taylor Swift stole the show.Pop sensation, Taylor Swift, raced ahead, taking home the award for "Best Music Music Video" and "Video For Good" for her acclaimed "You Need to Calm Down" single - praised for its trailblazing LGBTQ+ representation. But it didn't end there for the star, who also bagged the "Best Visual Effects" award for her single “ME!" ft. Brendon Urie.
The star recently made her musical comeback.
There's one music video that's been turning heads.The recent music video for Swift's single, "You Need to Calm Down," released in the middle of pride month this year, is the superstar's major LGBTQ+ rights statement.
We've lost count of the amount of LGBTQ+ representation in the video.Featuring a whole host of queer celebs including the Fab Five from Netflix's Queer Eye, YouTuber, Hannah Hart, and, of course, an array of fabulous drag queens, the video has cemented the singer as a dedicated ally to the community.
But Taylor is trying to convey an important message...This isn't just a catchy tune. If you listen carefully to the lyrics, they have a much deeper meaning. In the second verse, the pop powerhouse takes on homophobic demonstrators: “Sunshine on the street at the parade / But you would rather be in the dark ages." The music video also ends with a plug to sign a petition for the passage of the Equality Act, which would ban discrimination based on sexual orientation and identity.
The song went down a treat.
And true to her ally-status, Taylor made a very strict demand ahead of her VMA's performance.The star reportedly refused to perform at the awards show unless all of the drag queens who starred in her music video got awards too.
The news came after one of the queens posed with Taylor on Instagram.
“I just want y’all to know that Taylor Swift made sure that each and every one of us gets two Moonmen for the awards she won tonight," she said.“[Taylor said] that she would not perform unless we got awards too. So I’m going to have two Moonmen in my house with my name on it for Video of the Year at the VMAs!"