Taylor Swift is returning to the MTV VMAs. The singer is set to release her seventh studio album Lover on August 23 and has just announced that she’ll be performing at the MTV VMAs for the first time since 2015, with this year’s pop culture award show airing three days later on Monday, August 26. The popstar is up for a whopping 10 awards this year, with her LGBTQ-friendly “You Need To Calm Down” nominated for Song of the Year, Best Pop, Video For Good and Video of the Year.
Swift is tied with Ariana Grande for the most nominations at this year’s MTV VMAs. After Grande announced that she won’t be attending the show because of scheduling conflicts with her Sweetner World Tour, all eyes were on Taylor. The announcement of Swift’s attendance at this year’s show includes the added bonus that Swift will be making her premiere performance of a new track.
The singer has already performed her Lover lead singles “Me!” featuring Brandon Urie and “You Need To Calm Down,” so we know it won’t be either of those. Taylor dropped the fifth track from Lover in July with the melodic “Archer”, but told fans during an Instagram live that it’s not a single, so we likely won’t be hearing it either at the MTV VMAs. With her upcoming album including 18 tracks, the most ever on a Swift record, we still have 15 other possibilities.
Swift was previously nominated for 10 MTV VMAs in 2015 following the release of 1989, which included the massive singles “Blank Space,” “Bad Blood,” “Shake It Off” and “Style.” Starting with her first nomination in 2008, Swift has amassed a total of seven MTV VMAs, including Video of the Year and Best Female Video. Swift made her debut on the VMA stage back in 2009, performing “You Belong With Me,” which went on to win Video of the Year that night. Of course, that was also the night her acceptance speech was interrupted by Kanye West, cementing the pair together for better or worse in pop culture history. In 2015, Swift introduced West when he was presented with the MTV Video Vanguard Award. That was better. We’re currently in a worse time.
In addition to Swift being announced as a performer the MTV VMAs, the popstar is also celebrating a new magazine cover this week. Posting the first pic on Thursday, Swift revealed that she’s on the September cover of Vogue. Is that a denim tracksuit? Love it.
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WELL SO THIS IS A THING THAT’S HAPPENING. September issue of @voguemagazine and I’m so so so grateful to Anna, @tonnegood, @sergiokletnoy and basically anyone who was like ‘yeah she can be on the Sept issue cover’. What an amazing experience shooting with @inezandvinoodh.