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Innocent: Taylor Swift's VMAs Performance!

Innocent: Taylor Swift's VMAs Performance!

Taylor Swift performs her new song “Innocent” during the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Sunday (September 12) in Los Angeles.

The 20-year-old country star sang poignant words of forgiveness referring to Kanye West‘s infamous VMA interruption from the 2009 MTV VMAs. (The song will be on Taylor‘s upcoming album, Speak Now.)

“Who you are is not what you did,” sang Taylor,who wore a D&G dress. “32 is still growing up now … you’re still an innocent.”

She continued, “It’s all right, just wait and see. Your string of lights is still bright to me. You’re still an innocent.” Video below!

Taylor Swift performing “Innocent” at the VMAs
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Credit: Winter; Photos: Getty
Posted to: 2010 MTV VMAs, Taylor Swift

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  • Dubya Bush

    Taylor is such a great artist. Too bad her vocals need so much work. She’ll get it together eventually though.

  • LMAO

    She’s such a fkn embarrassment.

  • marisa

    love her so much! great song


    RT @kathygriffin Holy sh*t. Did T Swift just sing a self righteous folk song about being oppressed by @kanyewest?? 4 fu*ksake, he didn’t r*pe her

  • VOMIT.

    She is so ridiculous.

  • ……….SERIOUSLY?

    she is so annoying!!!!

  • Lola

    what a bitch, she’s milking the whole situation dry now. it was a year ago she needs to get over it anyone would think Kanye physically attacked her.

  • Leila

    Rolling my eyes so hard rn.


    RT @PeterGriffinn Dear Taylor Swift, next time you call someone out, AT LEAST make it funny. Kanye should have walked on stage and slammed her guitar.

  • ummright

    She showed that she still wants attention from it. She’s so full of herself and played the victim. Plus, she needs some singing lessons.


    LOL RT @Lord_Voldemort7 Dear Taylor Swift. He stole your microphone. It’s been a year. Get over it. It’s not like he broke up with you on the phone or something…

  • Anonymous

    I love Taylor Swift…but I think I just found the cure for my insomnia. Damn that song is one big snooze fest

  • ck

    As someone tweeted:

    I had no idea that Taylor Swifts new song would be about a boy that’s done her wrong, and her learning a growing up lesson. No idea.

  • kay

    freakin love her and her non-shoe-wearing self.

  • Lalaland

    Wow. This artist won Album of the Year? It’s embarassing. Also sad that she’s still capitalizing on Kanye’s move. She should thank him next time she wins another award. Kanye made her a household name.

  • kia

    love you taylor- your the best the world has seen.

  • christy

    Chelsea Handler was incredibly awful. Don’t think anyone except for MAYBE Eminem has ANYTHING to brag about.

    Cher was the most talent in the entire room and she’s in her sixtys!

    The show was TALENTLESS, and I think I’m being kind.

  • leo

    omg, i’m so tired of this little beeyatch milking everything. Whether is joe jonas breaking up with her on the telephone or kanye stealing her moment, she always end up playing victim. it’s been a year!!! I wonder which celebrity is going to make her more famous than she already is. i’m gonna assume is going to be another guy…lol

  • God grow up people

    Kayne is an ass, Taylor wrote a beautiful apology, if you slam on this song then you really have issues. Leave Taylor alone.

  • Not Impressed by AJ


    No that’s Kayne and the media who have done that.

  • Not so.

    Taylor is not nor has she ever been full of herself.

  • Not so.


    She doesn’t milk anything, that is the MEDIA.

  • Not so.


    It’s sad people like you are so full of hate you have to bash a sweet person like Taylor. She’s got a hart of gold and you do not.

  • Lacey

    If I remember correctly, didn’t Taylor go on the Ellen Degeneres show telling the world (on a media format) that Joe Jonas broke up with her. As if she’s the last person to ever been dump. I’m sorry, but she’s not that sweet or innocent. She could have kept something like that to herself.

  • Daisy

    @Not so.: heart of gold?
    Oh thats a bit fair fetched dont you think lol
    Its one thing to say she “seems” to be a ok or nice girl but heart of gold?
    I swear some people live in pink fluffy clouds in the sky sometimes lol

  • kay

    @Lacey: and people say taylor needs to move on… that was what? 2 years ago? lol

  • alice

    My goodness she acting like a crime victim . Please stop the whining. She should be more worried about the fact that she can’t sing. She sounded terrible tonight and at the NFL kickoff.

  • kay

    @alice: crime victim? you do know she’s calling kanye innocent? not herself.. right? smh

  • sake

    i never thought this before, but kanye had the right idea. this girl cannot sing.
    she is a joke. a sweet one though.

  • Lacey

    There’s no need to act like an obsess fan, Kay. You’re right, it was 2 years ago, but I was just stating the fact that it’s not always the media either. Sometimes it comes directly from the source itself.

  • Victor

    what a bitch. looked awful sang horrible kanye’s performance was way more entertaining than this bitch

  • Jen

    Lol, overdramatic and off-key.

  • christy

    Kenya was horrible

    you douchebag, you asshole, pathetic

  • kay

    @Lacey: obsessed fan? you’re the one on here trying to make a point with stories from two years ago. not me.

  • Jennifer

    Taylors song was insanely creepy. from her make-up to the seriousness of it. I thought this was going to be a fun little “laugh at the situation” song not a pathetic excuse for a ballid. still sounded awful live and lookec crazier than usual. she is no saint, she is just a girl that plays the “nice” card one too many times.

  • Lalaland

    @__@ Oooookay. As if you starworshippers know that she’s a sweet person with a heart of gold or whatever.

    Bottom line is she’s not a good singer. She built up this fame because of Kanye West. But truth be told, we all agreed with him when he grabbed the mike. She should go away. We have showed her enough sympathy already, including the Grammy for Album of the Year.

  • jaded

    This woman just can’t sing live. She needs a lot of work vocally to even sound somewhat proficient. She’s not a bad song writer although this was not the venue to perform that song. It was over the top and the visuals were ridiciulous. She should stick to song writing although the industry will keep autotuning the vocals as long as she cranks out songs that the masses are willing to buy.

  • ms bar jolie gaga

    Listening to Taylor Swift is like being waterboarded to a really bad tampon commercial song. How did she get this big? So average. Unbelievably pretty and nice girl who really can’t sing.

  • Mumbai

    I was impressed tonight by her! She is beuatiful and talented.

  • Shannon

    I’m tired of people saying she only got popular because of kanye. NEWS FLASH, but she won that award before kanye interrupted her, just like she sold millions of albums before the kanye incident. Only ignorant people think she got what she has because of him.

  • waaawaaawaaaa

    Be patient. She’ll be shuffled off to Lee Ann Rimes land very soon, ****ing squinty douchebags in a desperate attempt to re-ignite her career. Happens to all these *os marketed as prodigies with good *its & veneers.

  • £!

    fml…is she ever going to go away?

  • J

    So If this isn’t consider a grudge song, then what is? All she did was feed what the fools in the crowd and MTV wanted, and that’s get back at Kayne. Kayne is a D-bag, but he apologize and she accepted, so move on with life. It’s clear too see that her fame is based off of making someone look extremely bad, and her coming out “innocent”!

  • cm

    it’s funny how everyone is saying that she’s milking this whole kanye thing when kanye has been tweeting about taylor for the past week. read it for yourself. they only talked about his tweets all over the web & entertainment news.

  • ehh

    good thing i tivo’d this show, because i had the option to fast forward after hearing her sing for 30 seconds. i like her songs, just not her singing them live.

  • Jenn

    Did anyone who said that Swift needs to get over last years VMAs think that she could’ve possibly written that song soon after the incident? Just because this was her very first time performing the song doesn’t mean she wrote it yesterday. Not to mention the song is very forgiving so it would make since that she wrote it after West apologized as her way of accepting his apology. In my opinion, those people who are dissing Swift for her performance are being small minded and not looking at the bigger picture.

  • Abby

    Don’t get me wrong I understand she was upset about the whole thing but come on……they are both dragging it out a little. It isn’t like it was a grammy or Oscar she was winning. It was VERYYYYY wrong of him to do that but its old news now….

    Its a stunning song but I wish she’d stop speaking the words and sing them.

  • Shannon

    !st of all, Taylor had a number 1 album that stayed on top long before the kanye incident. 2nd, the award WAS NOT FOR SINGING!!!! it was for her music video. Everyone should shut up about him having the right idea about her singing since that was not even what it was about.

  • Jenn

    Not to mention it’s very rare that an artist can actually sing live, they either suck or they lip sing because they know they suck. Swift makes up for it in her talent to write songs based on experiences she’s had, which some artist can’t even do that. I hope that Swift will continue to do well and prove all those against her wrong.

  • kinm