Taylor Swift did not fail to impress Friday night in East Rutherford, NJ, as she performed for a sold out crowd of 60,000 at the Met Life Stadium.
Swift made it clear from the beginning of the show, that it was all about the fans. You could tell from the energy of the crowd of “swifties” (the self given name of her loyal fans), that the feeling was mutual. Swift clearly adores her fans, and they her, but last night was about more than that -- it was about the music of it all.
Swift spoke after most of her songs about how music was the catalyst to her developing a strong sense of self-worth and understanding for the world around her, and credited the art to who she is today. That is clear if you’ve ever heard one of her songs or seen one of her shows.
This show was “unlike any other that will ever be” said Swift, and she was right. Swift kept surprising fans left and right throughout the night, starting with bringing out Abel Tesfaye of “The Weeknd” to perform his hit song “Can’t Feel My Face.”
Swift then brought out supermodel Heidi Klum and the US women’s soccer team during “Style.” The entire team danced, walked, and sang along to the lyrics on stage, and waved 2 large American flags and even let Swift hold their new FIFA World Cup trophy.
Swift then celebrated her best friends by inviting 4 of them onto the stage (Lena Dunham, Lily Aldridge, Hailee Steinfeld and Gigi Hadid) during “Bad Blood” and had a major girl power moment as they walked the catwalk together. The entire night felt like a big hug from Swift to her friends and fans.
Swift performed a total of 18 songs, and had 3 opening acts: Shawn Mendes, Vance Joy, and HAIM.