Taylor Swift Is Skipping the MTV VMAs: She 'Was Never Scheduled to Attend' Says Source
Although the singer is currently spending time in New York City, Swift will not be in the crowd when the VMAs return to the Big Apple, a source close to the VMAs and Swift exclusively confirms to PEOPLE.
“Taylor was never scheduled to attend the VMAs,” says the insider.
Swift, whose last album dropped in November 2014, was not nominated for any awards this time around.
Last year, the 26-year-old singer stole the awards show. After showing up on the red carpet with her squad of A-list girlfriends, she surprised the crowd by performing with Nicki Minaj during the opening number, proving that their Twitter feud leading up to the awards was in the past. To cap off the night, Swift picked up the video of the year award for “Bad Blood.”
Swift also made headlines in 2015 for presenting Kanye West with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award – six years after the rapper infamously interrupted her speech at the VMAs to declare “Beyoncé had one of the best videos of all time.”
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It was previously announced that Kim Kardashian West was among the presenters for the 2016 show and on Thursday, an MTV spokesperson confirmed to PEOPLE that her husband will also be attending. (TMZ reports the rapper will have four minutes of free stage time.) West is nominated for his song “Famous,” which references Swift and has refueled their once-squashed feud.
Swift has been taking a break from the spotlight in recent months, opting instead to spend time with family, friends and new boyfriend Tom Hiddleston.
The 2016 MTV Video Music Awards air live on Sunday, Aug. 28 from New York’s Madison Square Garden at 9 p.m. ET on MTV.
•Reporting by MELODY CHIU