25 VMA Moments That Are Totally Taylor Swift

emilee lindner, MTV.com
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Believe it or not, it’s been seven years since Taylor Swift made her debut at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards, and the country-gone-pop singer has undergone quite the transformation during this time. In fact, many of her defining moments have taken place at the VMAs.

Taylor is nominated for Video of the Year at the 2015 show, which is just one of her nine nominations. Taylor has won Best Female Video in 2009 and 2013, but has yet to grab the night’s biggest prize of VOTY. Will it happen this year?

While we await the 2015 show — airing live on Sunday, Aug. 30 at 9e/6p on MTV — let’s look back at Taylor’s history at the VMAs.


Welcome to Taylor’s first VMAs! She took the red carpet at the 2008 VMAs in a cute, lavender Kaufman Franco dress that defined her style back then.

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 07:  Singer Taylor Swift arrives at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards  at Paramount Pictures Studios on September 7, 2008 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Not only was she co-hosting the red carpet pre-show that year, but she was also nominated for Best New Artist, along with Miley Cyrus and Katy Perry, who she got to interview before the show.

She introduced The Jonas Brothers, who performed “Lovebug.” Taylor was dating Joe Jonas at the time, and even today they remain friends.

Taylor Swift VMAs

And she got to meet Britney Spears, who took home three Moonmen that night for “Piece of Me.”

Taylor Swift and Britney Spears


She returned the next year, this time rolling into the 2009 VMAs in a Cinderella horse carriage. Taylor does nothing little — even six years ago.

Taylor Swift

She wore a long gown by Kaufman Franco that was littered with jewels all the way to the floor.

Taylor Swift

She won the award for Best Female Video — her first VMA — but that’s when Kanye West jumped onstage to talk about how fellow nominee Beyoncé deserved the award more. Taylor was left speechless onstage.

Taylor Swift Kanye West

Taylor performed “You Belong To Me” in the New York City subway that night, climbing above ground and finishing the song atop a cab in front of Radio City Music Hall.

When Beyonce won the award for Video of the Year for “Single Ladies,” she allowed Taylor to finish her speech.

Taylor Swift and Beyonce


Taylor came back the next year with a song supposedly pointed at Kanye West. She sang theSpeak Now track “Innocent” barefoot onstage, looking as vulnerable as ever. She later told New York mag, “I think a lot of people expected me to write a song about [West], but, for me, it was important to write a song to him.”

Taylor Swift

She was up for Best Female Video for “Fifteen,” although Lady Gaga won that year for “Bad Romance.”

Taylor Swift


After skipping the 2011 awards, where she was nominated for Best Video With A Message for “Mean,” Taylor showed up at the 2012 VMAs with straightened hair and a new look, which included a white J. Mendel silk crepe pantsuit.

Taylor Swift

Taylor performed “We Are Never Getting Back Together.” Fun fact: current boyfriend Calvin Harris was the house artist that year.

Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift

Taylor wore a long, blue Hervé Léger by Max Azria gown to the 2013 show. Here she is posing with Ashanti!

Taylor Swift
She posed a few times with Drake.

Taylor Swift

And had a conversation with Justin Timberlake, who is also her good pal.

Taylor Swift

She got to sit next to bestie Selena Gomez. Oh hi there!

Taylor Swift

And Taylor hung with Red Tour opener Austin Mahone.

Taylor Swift

Most importantly, she won Best Female Video for “I Knew You Were Trouble,” presented by Pharrell, Nile Rodgers and Daft Punk. During her speech, she said, “I also want to thank the person who inspired this song, who knows exactly who he is because now I got one of these.” The camera quickly panned to ex-boyfriend Harry Styles of One Direction.

Taylor Swift

As you can see, the 2013 was a big one for the internet too, because people are still using this GIF of Taylor whispering something in Selena’s ear while One Direction was onstage.

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Taylor also presented the award for Best Male Video, which went to Bruno Mars for “Locked Out Of Heaven.”

Taylor Swift


Swift wore a Mary Katrantzou bodysuit to the 2014 show. Look at her commanding the carpet like that!

Taylor Swift

She got to sit next to friend Lorde, who brought her sister as her date.

Taylor Swift

And she took selfies with Demi Lovato.

Taylor Swift

At the end of the night, she performed her new song “Shake It Off” for the first time, in a fringe, flapper-style two-piece, flanked by male dancers and a giant “1989” light display behind her.

Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift



The 2015 MTV Video Music Awards will air live from L.A.’s Microsoft Theater at 9e/6p, on Sunday, August 30.

What is your favorite Taylor Swift moment from the VMAs? Tell us in the comments!

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