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Billboard Music Awards 2019: Taylor Swift, Brendon Urie Perform ‘ME!’ Live for First Time

Effervescent performance included acrobatic performers and a fantastical set

Taylor Swift performed an effervescent version of her new single “ME!” with Panic! at the Disco’s Brendon Urie at the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas, marking the track’s live debut. The pastel-hued, fantastical set mirrored the color scheme of the song’s video, which she released last week.

A bevy of drummers in pink suits marched down the aisles of the MGM Grand Garden Arena before Swift hit the stage in a sparkly bodysuit. Urie, wielding an umbrella, made his entrance from above before landing onstage; he delivered his verses as women in candy-colored suits joined in to dance around the catwalk. Towards the end of the bubbly performance, a group of acrobatic performers parachuted down from the ceiling as confetti rained down, culminating with Swift and Urie floating out above the audience.

Swift’s video for “ME!” featuring Urie set a video premiere record for VEVO, with more than 65 million streams in 24 hours following its release last week. She recently appeared on the cover of Time‘s 100 issue — which celebrates the most influential people in culture, politics, technology and more — and performed at the corresponding gala. Swift has teased more new songs and plans for her upcoming seventh studio album, but she has yet to reveal more details.


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