She's Back! Taylor Swift Returns to the Stage for First Time in Nearly One Year and Plays Calvin Harris' Song
Taylor Swift returned to the stage for her only scheduled concert in 2016 at the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix in Austin, Texas
Taylor Swift returned to the stage on Saturday for her first live performance since wrapping up her 1989 world tour nearly a year ago and since ending her high-profile relationships with Calvin Harris and Tom Hiddleston.
Taking the stage at the Super Stage area in Del Valle, Texas, Swift appeared to put the drama behind her. She took fans through a catalog of her songs, including “We Are Never Ever Ever Getting Back Together” and “Fifteen” — two numbers she had teased on Instagram leading up to the show.
See snippets of her performance below.
Swift also performed “This Is What You Came For,” the song she co-wrote with ex Harris (under a pseudonym) but was originally sung by Rihanna. It marked the first time she had performed the song live after it was revealed that she was a co-writer.
She also met with superfan Naomi Oakes, whom Swift had donated $50,000 to in July 2015 after being made aware of the girl’s battle with leukemia.
The concert came after Saturday’s race at the Formula One United States Grand Prix. It’s the only U.S. venue for the Formula One World Championship, which is made up of a series of 21 events around the world where drivers compete on specialized courses at speeds exceeding 200 mph.
In addition to Swift, Usher and The Roots will perform a full concert after the USGP on Sunday.
Circuit of the Americas chairman Bobby Epstein said Saturday’s show will be Swift’s only live performance in 2016, and that he expected 100,000 people to attend.
Rumors have been rumbling for weeks that the Grammy winner is going to be dropping her sixth studio album this month — known among her fan groups as #TS6.
The “Shake It Off” singer’s record-shattering album 1989 was released two years ago in late October, and the Grammy winner has dropped new music every two years since she released her self-titled debut album 10 years ago.
Die-hard Swifties, though, have zeroed in on a specific date: Oct. 23, 2016. The date’s numbers (10/23/16) add up to 13, which has long been the star’s lucky number.
However, before her fans get too excited, Swift has given fair warning she might be taking longer than usual for her next album. “This is the first time in 10 years that I haven’t known [what’s next],” she told Vogue earlier this year. “I decided I was going to live my life a little bit without the pressure on myself to create something.”