Taylor Swift dominated the VMAs, wore sparkly Ashish: cute or try-hard?

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Even though Taylor Swift came rolling up to the VMAs with her girl squad (I’ll cover their fashion in another post), the night was all about Taylor. Like always, everything is always #AllAboutSwifty. Taylor’s red carpet look was this Ashish two-piece which… it wasn’t very cute AND she seemed very uncomfortable in it. Throughout the evening, she kept readjusting herself and the pants and it just didn’t seem like she really liked the outfit all that much. In the past, she’s made a big deal about no one seeing her belly button, and the pants were so high-waisted, it seemed like they were specifically designed so that Taylor wouldn’t have to show her most intimate of body parts, her belly button. Blah. I’ll give her this – I prefer this Ashish look to what she wore at last year’s VMAs.

So, let’s talk about all of Swifty’s moments. First, she joined Nicki Minaj during the opening and sang a little bit of “Bad Blood.” Perhaps this was supposed to be a duet, I have no idea, but it was basically just Swifty stage-crashing Minaj and Minaj barely singing any of Swifty’s song. Still, they had a nice moment together and they are now “fine.”

Taylor won two awards during the actual telecast. When she won Female Pop video or something, MTV cut to Kanye in the audience and it really seemed like everyone around him was like “DO IT KANYE, go up there and say something!” But he didn’t. Still, it was funny. Then Taylor tried (and succeeded somewhat) by making Kanye’s Video Vanguard Award all about her. Then Taylor won Video of the Year for “Bad Blood” and she brought her squad on stage with her.

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Oh, and when Taylor performed with Nicki Minaj, she wore a custom ensemble by Yousef Aljasmi.

Photos courtesy of Getty, WENN.

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  1. Betti says:

    Swifty has always been try hard – girl is thirsty as the sahara for fame and fortune. And as for the ‘sweet as pie’ image, blurgh, you know she’s a nasty mean girl in real life, most people like that are.

    On another more newsworthy note: RIP Wes Craven – horror fans will miss u, hope ur having fun scaring everyone up in heaven.

    • Emily C. says:

      In other words, she’s extremely ambitious. There’s nothing wrong with that.

      She is, however, also extremely fake. Tbh she’s to the point of giving me the creeps, though that also may be leftover from when she dated a high school student who had just lost his mother.

      • Betti says:

        I agree there is nothing wrong with being ambitious but its the collection of celebrity friends and bf’s that make her a grade A famewh*re, she doesn’t seem to have any normal friends.

      • FLORC says:

        There’s ambition and there’s swifty with me or against me attitude.

    • evermore says:

      Loved her nice speech about Kanye. She seems like a cool lady.

      She is stunning, she could wear a bag and look great.
      I like the outfit “on her’ she is wearing.

      She is successful as they come in the music industry. She worked hard for it and captured a audience of music buyers who adore her and put their dollars out for her music, concerts, etc ….nothing wrong with that.
      Girl Power…Lady Power….Woman Power…..go on with your success Taylor.

    • Carmen says:

      I have no idea what her personality is, but I love the whole outfit and she is wearing the hell out of it. I have to give Swift her props, she has never made a wrong fashion step on the red carpet.

  2. Beth No. 2 says:

    Taylor always looked a bit “rodent” to me and unfortunately the harsh eyeliner here emphasises that. Not a fan of the make-up, but her saw-tooth outfit is interesting.

  3. Jen43 says:

    Taylor has a model’s body and can wear anything. I can’t stand ( or believe) her shtick, but I respect her professionalism. That alone makes her stand out among most of these bozos.

    • Josefa says:

      Thats what I thought. It looks good on her because she’s really pretty and has a great body. But the look itself is just… not good. I like Taylor a lot more with her more elegant and classic looks – but these were the VMAs anyway.

    • We Are All Made of Stars says:

      What professionalism?

      • FLORC says:

        You know. Rolling with the punches. Like how she can accept a joke and not be personally offended by it. How she won’t go to social media to lash out about something that isn’t about her. How her break ups are kept private out of respect to the other side not mouthing off about your dirty laundry. And her friendsecho this behavior, by not acting in Regina George posse manner.
        You know. Professionalism ;)

    • evermore says:

      Mad respect for her….as a young businesswoman and keeping her fans pouring out their dollars.

    • paola says:

      Yes but she is sooooooo annoying.
      The combo Taylor swift-calvin harris is dumb powered and produces douche-of-a-feather anti matter. or at least a black hole.

  4. Elle says:

    As bad as her outfit was, it was better than alotttttt of the other god awful outfits there. Kylie Jenner had a carpet, Miley looked like she got in a fight with a lampshade and Gigi Hadid forgot her pants.
    Oh and Nicki had a fancy airport pot plant on her head.

  5. teatimeiscoming says:

    How many feather dusters died senselessly for Nikki’s costume?!

  6. MsCatra says:

    I think the hair kills her outfit somehow. Different styling and she might have pulled it off better.

  7. C says:

    Swift and her squad are so annoying. I can’t.

  8. Lilacflowers says:

    M.C. Hammer was very kind to lend Taylor his pants for the evening.

  9. Kate says:

    Remember the grandma on The Nanny? This outfit looks like it was made of scraps her clothes. Not good.

    • littlemissnaughty says:

      Yetta always killed it though. Those shoes are super cute but the rest looks like a glorified bedazzled tracksuit.

      These children, they really think they invented the concept of not only the #girlsquad but also of friendship, don’t they? I feel rather old and tired witnessing this. I admire Swifty for many things but originality is not her thing.

  10. Laura says:

    She needs to go away for a little while she’s starting to make me feel the same way Anne Hathaway did. Just.. Stop. Stop trying so hard it is so forced.

    Also I wonder how much trouble Kendrick Lamar is in now for not being part of her choreographed gang for the night?

    Also the outfit is bad. Makes her look big and she isn’t. The makeup doesn’t help.

  11. nora says:

    She really looks awful. That make-up artist should be fired ASAP. Too heavy on the eyes and too plain everywhere else. She does not have the face for edgy make-up.

  12. Shambles says:

    The Ego of Swift knows no bounds, so all the fluffing it received last night was completely unnecessary. I’m sure you guys are tired of how much I simply cannot stand this person, but I just can’t. I JUST CANT. Of course she made everything all about Taylor. She’s a narcissistic 7th grader. Of course the Nicki duet was probably her idea because no one is allowed to think Taylor is anything but pretty and perfect and everyone has to see that Nicki has forgiven her. Because pretty and perfect.

    Also, the red carpet outfit is cut in such a way that it makes her head look way smaller than her body. I know she can’t win with me, I know. But that’s just the way it is.

    • Willa says:

      I’m with you 100% Shambles! I can not STAND Taylor Swift the Narcissist!

    • Syko says:

      Right there with you, Shambles. Never have liked her, never will.

    • Jonesy says:

      You said exactly what I was thinking, too, Shambles. Tiresome Taylor….please go away now.

    • Katydid20 says:

      I still can’t believe Nicki would stoop to performing with her. I’m really hoping it wasn’t her idea, or she didn’t get any say in it. Cause I just can’t respect Nicki if that’s not the case…..

  13. Sassback says:

    Haha Kanye probably could and nobody would get mad. Honestly, it wa probably the only time in her career that her videos actually were good enough to win VMAs because her previous wins were totally unwarranted, but her competition was insane. There were a lot of iconic videos this year that were just as memorable as hers and actually were more intimately worked on (Nicki Minaj, Kendrick Lamar, FKA twigs, Mark Ronson, OK Go) and she probably actually shouldn’t have won. But neither should have Beyoncé because 7/11 was a stupid song and an annoying video.

  14. I don't understand says:

    I’d wear it. TSwift is always try hard; she’d be the queen of the mean girls if she actually were still in middle school. BUT, I like her music and the kid is talented. Perhaps she will grow out of her need for massive amounts of attention?

  15. QQ says:

    Not The worst Thing Ive ever seen on her, In Fact Take that stupid Mumsy hair off and I Might actually LOVE It 100%

  16. NorthernGirl_20 says:

    To me they were lip-syncing .. I watched some of the broadcast – it just made me feel old.

    • Mindy says:

      Trust me, they were lip-syncing. I didn’t watch (I have zero interest in VMAs) but I saw a part of whatever Swift did with Minaj on CBS This Morning (I know nothing of either of them). COMPLETELY lip-synced.

      And as for feeling old, come join the club. I can’t figure out why MTV still puts on this awards show when they don’t show videos anymore.

      • Meryl says:

        Which is ironic because I guess Swifty’s mom always brags in the meet and greets how “Taylor doesn’t believe in lip-syncing.”

  17. Absolutely says:

    Bedazzled sweatpants.

  18. stellalovejoydiver says:

    best thing about it is Nicki’s face

  19. als says:

    Taylor Swift is living proof that success is truly written in the stars and in the money (I understand she comes from a wealthy family).
    I know she is leggy and blonde and she has that mean schoolgirl vibe that some people are into but really – there are millions of young women just like that trying to make it in the industry.

    Her songs have such childish, simple lyrics and her voice is soooooooo…it’s just a normal voice.
    Artistically, Taylor has nothing that explains why she made it and so many others are still waiting. Don’t tell me it’s work, like she is the only one working and being a professional!

    Her stage presence is zero, although she has a great body, it was obviously used for strutting, not dancing and she looks terrible when she tries to dance with those legs in those short outfits.
    I love her body but when I saw her next to Minaj …
    Everything about Taylor Swift was lost when she appeared next to Minaj. Minaj is the SEX. She was better on stage than Swift, her body, her voice, her presence. Taylor had more smug factor indeed.

    Beyonce is a big deal in the industry and when she comes on stage I understand why she is where she is but why people buy tickets to Taylor Swift’s concerts…that I will never understand.
    After seeing Kanye’s speech, I don’t think he gets it either.

    • apsutter says:

      Whenever there are artists like Taylor that are so clearly manufactured and lacking real honest to god talent I just think of the other female singers that I admire so much and are so talented. Like Sia or Robyn…those gals can sustain me while the tryhards keep doing their thang

  20. mia girl says:

    Dear Taylor,
    All went according to plan. An entire award telecast was scripted and programmed around your ego. You got your revenge on the VMAs.

    It’s now time for you to reach for the knob and dial-it-down.

    You have hit the point of diminishing returns.

    Signed,
    Almost all of humanity.

    PS. The author of this letter officially cannot stand you any more.

    • BarkingMad says:

      mia girl – Thank. You. I do believe you speak for a lot of us. Your letter needs to be uploaded to any and every social media, gossip and news site – STAT!
      Brava!

  21. Nephelim says:

    Taylor looks like a thundercat! hehehe
    :)
    A MTV Cheetara?

  22. Jenna says:

    Ugh I just can’t deal with this girl. She tries way too hard to be “cool” so she comes across as an insecure 7th grader who can’t go anywhere without her friends. “girl power” “female friendships”…… yeah. About that. Also those teeth…. get that shit filed down, girl, you have the money.

  23. Jonesy says:

    Taylor and her “girl squad” look like nothing more than real-live Bratz Dolls. Same hair and makeup, same awful fashion choices, same vapid expressions. Blech.

  24. FingerBinger says:

    She’s wearing a fancy sweat suit. It’s ok for mtv.

    • apsutter says:

      In comparison I actually liked Miley’s sparkly jumpsuit that she opened the show with. Very disco

  25. apsutter says:

    So we’re saying that she actually ‘sang’ with Nicki? LMAO…girl couldn’t even sing just the chorus to her own song!! Demi may not have the best voice but girl sang live twice and I actually really enjoyed her.

  26. Cynthia says:

    She kind of pull off the outifit thanks to her figure, but that make-up has to go. What was the make up artist thinking?

  27. Veronica says:

    Of course she dominated. It’s a year later and 1989 is still within the iTunes Top 10. Credit where credit is due – it’s a good, fun pop album, and she sold the sh*t out of it.

    As for the outfit…hmm, I liked it more than I thought I would. Great colors.

  28. YupYepYam says:

    Lol. Not even a fan but I hope she’ll keeps on doing what she’s been doing just because it’s hilarious to see some people fuming over her attending an award show in which she was nominated, doing the red carpet, performing on the stage and winning some awards, like a normal popstars supposed to do in that situation.

  29. TreadStyle says:

    I swear I think her “girl squad” have contracts and get paid to be a part of all her stunts. I think they def get paid to show up everywhere w/ her…. Or their personal PR people have really pitched it that it will help their own careers so much it will be worth it. I do think a few wouldn’t get attention w/out being a part. But ugh I would be miserable to be around Taylor she is so calculated it nuts.

  30. Skins says:

    Total try-hardishness, but not just her, the entire show is a festival of try-hard by everybody involved. Everybody trys to come up with some “iconic” (god I hate that word) moment. Nobody did. Although the blonde girl was pretty good (didn’t catch her name) and The Weekend wasn’t bad either. Other than that blah. Had to turn it off during Kanye’s speech, nothing against Kanye but he acted like he just got the greatest thing ever award.

  31. The Eternal Side-Eye says:

    Im going to need her eye makeup look to never happen again…on her.

    I know you’re trying new things girl, but this one ain’t for you.

    You don’t look like Cleopatra, you don’t look like Catwoman.

  32. elle says:

    I don’t get the Bad Blood love (not here… in the universe). It sounds like someone singing karaoke off-key. And what was so groundbreaking about the video?

    • Skedaddle says:

      Only good part about Bad Blood is Kendrick Lamar, IMO! It’s such a weak song she had to add him to justify releasing it instead of a stronger one, but you know she had to to spite Katy.

      I also hate the video. Just a lot of name dropping that goes nowhere and the aesthetic scream early 2000s to me.

  33. Otaku Fairy says:

    I love their costumes.

  34. Alek says:

    Her makeup made her look old and haggard

  35. Amanda G says:

    That is some bad eye makeup, Swifty.

  36. teacakes says:

    I always find it interesting that Emma Stone was friends with Swifty even in her whiny country princess days when everyone made fun of her for writing songs about exes.

    And yet Emma, who is arguably more famous than the entire #squad put together, has never been part of their insane ‘you can’t sit with us!’ posse.

  37. TOPgirl says:

    She’s definitely trying hard here but I think it’s also because she’s much older now and want to be seen as a tough girl. No more of that sweet, innocent, country image she had prior.