Today begins my Thanksgiving break from school, which means more time for blogging! I’ll start off with this fanboy post about Taylor Swift’s live performance of “I Knew You Were Trouble” at the American Music Awards. If you haven’t seen it yet, you need to check it out here and have your mind blown.
There are several things that could have gone wrong with this performance. “I Knew You Were Trouble” is not an easy song to perform live – unlike most of her other songs, Swift can’t simply sit on a stool and strum a guitar while looking pretty. It’s more dynamic, and features dub step. As most of her fans know, it’s new territory for her.
However, she made it work wonderfully. She appeared gorgeous as always, and although I can’t really call her sexy, I’m sure many straight males or homosexual females found her appealing. I felt like Swift showed herself in a way that screamed “hey, I know I’m doing something different, but if you don’t like it, too bad.” She got into character splendidly and exuded charisma.
I also loved the Phantom of the Opera/Romeo and Juliet theme – the costumes and the choreography enhanced the performance and took it in a direction I was not expecting. I wish they would release a version of the song with the back track, because the clapping and the additional layering of sounds in general created a magical feel.
Although I don’t love Swift’s newest album, I loved this performance of one of my favorite songs from the album. It’s not the best thing I’ve ever listened to, but exemplifies her growth as an artist and her ability to branch out into different genres. I will go more in-depth when the music video for the song is released!
What did you think of this performance, or of any of the other performances at the American Music Awards? Just in case I don’t get to post once more before tomorrow, have a tantalizingly delicious Thanksgiving!