Like much of the past few weeks, last night’s MVT European Music Awards were in large part a celebration of our VH1 Storyteller Taylor Swift. Taylor spent much of the night flexing her Surprise Face muscles for each of the three awards she won — for Best Female, Best Live Act and Best Look — and gabbing about how excited she is to have clocked her first EMA win. Of the other winners, a broken hearted Justin Bieber took three of his own (Best Male, Best Pop and Beste World Stage), Carly Rae Jepsen took Best Song, One Direction took Best New and Biggest Fans, and PSY of course won for Best Video; Rihanna meanwhile went 0 for 6 nominations, leaving empty handed.
And perhaps we’ve caught the Red fever, but we really enjoyed the old time-y circus act that was Taylor’s “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” performance (which the evening’s host, Heidi Klum, made way for by floating away with a balloon in hand). She donned a big black top hat and a red sequined jacket, and was joined on stage by clowns on tiny bikes, a harem of ballerina clowns and some fire breathers (pyrotechnics were big with all the performers last night). It was maybe not her strongest vocal showing, but after all the time she spent twirling round the circus ring of a stage, who could blame her for being a little short of breath by the end? Red has only just come out, and award show season is just around the corner, and there’s sure to be more winning night’s like this in the near future of Taylor
We also dug these performances:
Did you watch Taylor Swift‘s VH1 Storytellers? If you missed it, check out the entire show here. If you caught it, you might have been disappointed that Taylor only rocked one frock for the entire session. She did, however, channel those missing colors into her guitar(s) — which changed almost as often as the song — from silver glitter to cerulean blue.
Of course we have the screenshots…
This didn’t make the final cut of VH1 Storytellers: Taylor Swift (which you can watch in full below or here), but we think it’s too good not to share. Somewhere between the show-opening “You Belong With Me” and the grand finale, a spirited rendition of “Love Song,” Taylor Swift took a break from all the Storytelling to play the melancholic “Eyes Open,” one of the two songs she recorded for The Hunger Games soundtrack. She played it seated on the couch at center stage, with her trusty and longtime guitarist Grant Mickelson by her side. This song may be about District 12 Tribute Katniss Everdeen’s first trip to the shiny Capitol, but we suspect that Taylor — who was raised on a Christmas Tree farm, but now a regular amongst pop’s top brass — might relate to it’s message of caution: “Keep your eyes open / Everybody’s waiting for you to break down / Everybody’s watching to see the fallout / Even when you’re sleeping, sleeping / Keep your eyes, eyes open.”
Watch the full episode after the jump
Taylor Swift couldn’t have done it without you. ”You know, it’s interesting because you never know where a song is going to go when you write it,” she explained during her VH1 Storytellers session, which premiered tonight and is now available online for your viewing pleasure. “You never know what’s going to happen to it when it goes out into the world, and what you guys are going to do to it. And, you know, how big you guys could possibly make it.” If the sales of her most recent album, Red, are any indication, then big — very, very big. And so, as a thank you to her fans and to ensure that the evening would be “spirited,” Taylor took her VH1 Storytellers: Taylor Swift to the winning Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, California. And spirited an evening it was, she eager the stories behind some of our favorite songs and the audience excited to chip in questions and singalong.
If you missed tonight’s premiere, it’s not to late to join in. VH1 Storytellers: Taylor Swift is now available online! Watch the full episode above, or click through for a rundown of the evening.
Oh, how Taylor Swift
has grown since her childhood on a Christmas tree farm in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania. Back then, was a precocious kid with a big voice and a knack for storytelling. She’s still all those things, and though you couldn’t call her much older (she’s only twenty-two-years-old), she’s also added mega-pop star, country star, award winner, cover girl, movie star and, particularly with the success of her recent Red
, record industry savior, to her resume.
When Taylor was fourteen, VH1 Behind The Music: Faith Hill gave her the guys she needed to take the dive and move to Nashville to pursue her dreams. A successful turn on the famed Music Row gave way to a record deal with and, well, the rest is history. In preparation for VH1 Storytellers: Taylor Swift, which airs Sunday, November 11th at 6PM and then again at 11PM, we have marked the greatest milestones that earned her the episode!
“This is unlike any show I will ever play again and have ever played before,” announced Taylor Swift during her VH1 Storytellers: Taylor Swift taping at Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, California. This is a big admittance coming from one of today’s brightest stars. Forget all the high-grossing and guest-starring tours that have taken her round the world, the turns she’s taken on Saturday Night Live and Good Morning America and the Grammys, and the stages she’s shared with everyone from Tim McGraw to T.I. to James Taylor, becauseVH1 Storytellers: Taylor Swift was unlike anything she’s ever done before because it gave her a chance to air the story behind her biggest hits and favorite songs before she performs them. So, mark your calenders, set your DVRs, and tune-in on Sunday, November 11th at 6PM EST and again at 11PM EST to VH1 for VH1 Storytellers: Taylor Swift. And because we can’t wait until then, we thought we would share this sneak peak of Taylor playing the title track of her brand new album Red. Taylor shares her color theory behind the jump
Taylor Swift is up against herself for Friday Music Video Face-Off this week. I mean, she broke a 10-year-old sales record for fastest selling album with Red (1.21 milli, y’all!). It just wouldn’t be fair otherwise. Besides, we’ve watched T-Swift’s songs mature from a 16-year-old pining over Romeo to penning platinum-selling hits about her real-life breakups (as if dating John Mayer and Jake Gyllenhaal in the same calendar year is reality). The woman clearly has a lot of material to contrast. So, which Taylor do you favor: country siren Swift of “Picture To Burn“ or pop tart Taylor from “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together?” Vote in our poll today then catch VH1 Storytellers: Taylor Swift premiering Sunday, Nov. 11 at 11 p.m.
Team Pop Taylor: Felicia Daniels, Associate Producer, VH1.com Music (@fdot415)
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