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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.  

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, lobbied for the Equality Act during the opening performance of her LGBTQ+ anthem You Need To Calm Down. She followed up with a rendition of her new hit, Lover. 

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. 

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

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.

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.’

That wasn’t all she said during her interview with the website, ‘I mean, obviously, I’m pro-choice, and I just can’t believe this is happening,’ she said.

‘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

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.

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. 

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

 

 

Daily Mail UK

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