Taylor Swift and Brendon Urie Fly High as They Charm BBMAs Audience with 'ME!' Performance
The 2019 Billboard Music Awards air live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET/PT on NBC
Opening the annual awards show, the musicians charmed the audience with a sugar sweet performance of their hit song “ME!”
Swift wore a silver-and-gold sequined mini on stage while surrounded by dancers wearing pastel-colored suits in front of colorful lamp posts. Urie flew onto the stage to join Swift from above while holding onto an umbrella.
By the end of their performance, the singers dangled high above the crowd in an umbrella-shaped contraption as their backup dancers twirled around them and confetti fell onto the audience.
After dropping the lead single off her upcoming seventh studio album, Swift and Urie got straight to work on BBMAs rehearsals and went live on Instagram to spill more secrets about the song and accompanying video.
“As soon I thought of the chorus melody, and we were working on what it was going to be, I was like, ‘This is definitely a duet because it feels like you would want both sides. It’s about individuality and confidence in a relationship, like ‘You’re irreplaceable. I’m irreplaceable. Let’s not be insecure about this,'” said Swift, 29.
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Swift rang Urie, 32, and the rest was history. “From the moment you call me and showed me the song, I couldn’t get it out of my head!” said the Panic! at the Disco frontman, who wrote the bridge of the song.
According to a tweet from the streaming site, the music video received 65.2 million views within its first 24 hours of its April 26 bow, making Swift the solo and female artist with the platform’s largest single-day debut.
Leading up to the song and video’s release, Swift dropped a series of Easter eggs that culminated with a surprise appearance at a mural of butterfly wings she commissioned in The Gulch area of Nashville.
Signing autographs and posing for selfies with Swifties at the mural, the superstar — who wore another pastel-hued ensemble — also commended them for figuring out she was going to be making a visit.
“You guys are amazing for figuring this out because no one knew we were coming. No one knew this was a part of the campaign and what we’re doing, so you figured out the clue,” she said. “You’re the best. I love you so much.”
The 2019 Billboard Music Awards air live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.