Swifties, rejoice! Taylor Swift kicked off the 58th Annual Grammy Awards in L.A. on Monday, February 15 — and she did not disappoint.
The multi-Grammy winner, 26 — who won two awards before the show even started — belted out her smash hit “Out of the Woods” for the star-studded crowd at the Staples Center, and wore a black catsuit covered in Swarovski crystals.
In keeping with the theme of the song and its accompanying music video, she performed in a lush forest-inspired set. She also rocked her new short bob!
Swift’s performance was one of the most anticipated of the night, especially after last week’s drama with Kanye West. The stars’ bad blood surfaced once more when the rapper debuted his new song “Famous” at his Yeezy Season 3 show in NYC on February 11. “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex / Why? I made that bitch famous,” West, 38, raps in the song, referring to their onstage run-in at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards. Swift’s famous pals and fans quickly came to her defense at the time.
Swift had plenty of supporters cheering her on Monday night, too. “Out of the Woods” is the pop superstar’s sixth music video from her fifth studio album, 1989, which dropped in October 2014 and has sold more than 5 million copies in the U.S. She premiered the “Out of the Woods” music video during Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest on New Year’s Eve.
The catchy tune is rumored to be about One Direction’s Harry Styles. The exes began dating in November 2012 and split while vacationing in early January 2013. She opened up about the pop song back in October.
“The number one feeling I felt in the whole relationship was anxiety. Because it felt very fragile, it felt very tentative,” she said in a video, released by the Grammy Museum at the time. “And it always felt like, ‘Ok, what’s the next road block? What’s the next thing that’s gonna deter this? How long do we have before this turns into just an awful mess and we break up? Is it a month? Is it three days?”
As previously reported, Swift is nominated for seven awards at the Grammys this year, including Album of the Year for 1989, and Record of the Year and Song of the Year for “Blank Space.” Hours before the show, it was announced that she took home the win for Best Pop Vocal Album. Fun. guitarist Jack Antonoff, who collaborated with her on three 1989 tracks, tweeted about the news.
“1989 just won pop vocal album!!!! he wrote. “accepted it with t on the phone 🙂 albums made in small apartments win grammys. into it @taylorswift13.” She also took home a win in the Best Music Video category for “Bad Blood.”