Watch Taylor Swift’s VMAs opening number: ‘Lover’ and ‘You Need to Calm Down’ at MTV Video Music Awards

It was a good night for Taylor Swift at the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards on Monday, August 26. And it all started at the very beginning of the festivities when she opened the show with a performance of her songs “You Need to Calm Down” and “Lover.” Watch the performance above, and check out the complete list of VMA winners here.

This was Swift’s first VMA performance since 2015, when she won Video of the Year for “Bad Blood” featuring Kendrick Lamar, and true to form she won Video of the Year again this year for “Calm Down” after performing. She’s now one of only four artists who have ever won Video of the Year twice at these kudos as a lead artist. The others were Eminem (“The Real Slim Shady” and “Without Me’), Rihanna (“Umbrella” and “We Found Love”) and Beyonce (“Single Ladies” and “Formation”). The LGBTQ-positive anthem also claimed the Video for Good award.

These latest Moonmen for Swift come three days after the release of her seventh studio album, “Lover,” which has received positive reviews and became the bestselling album of 2019 in its first weekend alone. By Sunday it had already sold more than half a million copies. And in addition to that she released a new video for the album’s title track last Thursday, and it has already racked up more than 23 million views as of this writing.

The album is a sure thing to top the Billboard 200 albums chart next week, but perhaps “Lover” will also make it to number-one on the Hot 100 singles chart after her previous singles “Me!” and “Calm Down” peaked at number-two. Do you think her VMAs performance will help her along?

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