AceShowbiz - The 2019 MTV Video Music Awards ceremony has officially kicked off. Taylor Swift opened the annual event that took place at Prudential Center in New Jersey with a medley performance of the tracks from her newly-released album "Lover".
The country-turned-pop superstar started her performance with the second single off the album, "You Need to Calm Down". Voicing her support for the Equality Act, she brought a group of dancers who came from different racial backgrounds in addition to decorating her stage with colorful rainbows props, which is known as the symbol of the LGBTQ+ community.
Following the performance, Taylor put on a purple blazer over her gold top and blue hot pants while bringing her acoustic guitar to the center of the stage. The blonde beauty then launched into a rendition of her album's title track "Lover", marking her first time performing the song live. The audience could be seen jamming to the song during the performance, including Camila Cabello and Gigi Hadid.
"Lover" was released on Friday, August 23. Just a day after its release, the album had racked up 450,000 units, collecting 35,000 more units than the first week sales for Jonas Brothers' "Happiness Begins". It is now set to debut at No. 1 on Billboard 200 with an estimated 700,000 units, earning the songstress her sixth No. 1 album on the weekly chart.
Back to the 2019 MTV VMAs, several winners have been announced during the Sebastian Maniscalco-hosted event. Billie Eilish was honored with PUSH Artist of the Year, as Alison Brie and French Montana got political when they presented the Best Latin Music Video Award to J Balvin and Rosalia for "Con Altura".