Taylor Swift Refused To Perform At VMAs Unless MTV Awarded Drag Queens, Too

By James Dinh

August 27, 2019

Taylor Swift owned the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards with a flashy opening medley of "You Need to Calm Down" and "Lover," which featured some of the very drag queens that appeared in the former's video. However, the pop titan went to extra lengths to make sure that her co-stars were honored for their work, more specifically awarded the silver Moon Person for every honor she earned throughout the night.

One of the queens, Trinity K Bone't, who played Cardi B in the Video of the Year, took to Instagram after the show to share her admiration for Swift. "I just want y'all to know that Taylor Swift made sure that each and every one of us gets two Moonmen for the awards she won tonight," she said during her Story. "[Taylor said] that she would not perform unless we got awards, too. So I'm going to have two Moonmen in my house with my name on it for Video of the Year at the f**king VMAs!"

Swift also let the video's director, Todrick Hall, have the spotlight, while they were all up at the podium and the message of inclusive was all too apparent. "If you are a young child out there watching this show who's different — who feels misunderstood — we have never needed you more than now to share your art, share your story, share your truth with the world," he told the crowd.

In addition to her Video of the Year title, the pop entertainer also snagged awards in categories for Video For Good ("You Need to Calm Down") and Best Visual Effects ("ME!" featuring Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco). Click here for a full list of winners!

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