The 2017 VMA Swiftlist: What you might want to know tonight

The 2017 VMAs are tonight, Taylor Nation.


And I find myself conflicted. To be honest, I think Taylor has outgrown MTV’s Video Music Awards and could’ve stopped attending several years ago. The show has been a magnet for controversy and high school level antics and producers are happy to play up scandals for ratings and social media attention.

The video release for “Look What You Made Me Do” will take place during the show. Odds are good it will be used to open to show, as it’s been done in the past. Other than the video and the single, Taylor Swift is nominated for best collaboration with Zayn Malik for “I Don’t Want To Live Forever” from the Fifty Shades Darker soundtrack.

All that doesn’t look like good enough reasons for her to be there. I think it would add more weight to her eventual appearance in award shows if she’s selective. Now, for full disclosure! Here at the Swift Agency (hey, bet you haven’t heard that in a while), still just a guy who’s older than your average fan, we support the idea that Taylor should become super selective about her appearance. Keep the people guessing on whether you’re there or not. In other words, I am biased – I don’t think she should go.

There’s more to be said here, but I have a bad feeling about this video release. People have been nitpicking at everything already. I really don’t feel like doing rumor control, but sometimes all this picking apart just pisses me off.

Anyhow, on to the show. I don’t plan to watch it throughout. The video should appear on VEVO soon, and then we’ll talk.

Coming up in the Calendar:


  • August 27: The music video for “Look What You Made Me Do” is released at the MTV Video Music Awards 2017.


  • November 10: Reputation, the new album by Taylor Swift is released!

The 50th CMA Awards: Taylor Swift presents Garth Brooks with Entertainer of the Year!

A little advance warning would be nice, Taylor Nation.

(Photo: Erika Goldring/Filmmagic)
(Photo: Erika Goldring/Filmmagic)

I was watching the 50th Annual CMA Awards last night on a whim. It was a great show. The performers were going back to the old country classics. Even Beyonce’s appearance, accompanied by the Dixie Chicks, was a decent country performance. Hall of famers and past winners were singing their old hits and every now and then we’d see a clip from the CMA Awards from past years. I enjoyed the comedy chemistry of Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood. Little Big Town performed their new single “Better Man”, and I thought that was as close as we’d get to have Taylor for this giant anniversary.

Sometime halfway into the show, we heard it. Taylor Swift was going to be presenting Entertainer of the Year. Flashbacks were now a very real thing. Was Taylor’s appearance unconfirmed until the last minute? Is that why it wasn’t possible to announce it with the promos? Regardless, we did get the very same Forever and Always Fearless One presenting the Entertainer of the Year award to Garth Brooks. Wish you would’ve seen it. Short and sweet, but she was warmly received.

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It was an all out tribute to classic Country while still honouring Country’s current best. I’m glad the Enchantress got to participate, even in a small but bright moment. Check out Maren Morris singing “My Church” if you can, she really seemed like the rising star last night. She won New Artist of the Year. Also, congratulations to Eric Church for winning Album of the Year for Mr. Misunderstood.

Coming up next, on next year’s calendar:

(Sources: 50th Annual CMA Awards)

The 2016 Billboard Music Awards: Taylor Swift wins Top Touring Artist

Long live the 1989 World Tour, Taylor Nation 🙂

(Source: Taylor Swift via Twitter)
(Source: Taylor Swift via Twitter)

Taylor Swift might not have had a sweep at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards last night, May 22. She was not even present. However, she certainly had one accolade from one triumph from last year we’ll never forget.

The 1989 World Tour got the Enchantress the Top Touring Artist award win. It’s no small feat, and to be honest if anything of Taylor’s deserves time in the spotlight, it was only fair that the tour would be the one thing you’d want to specifically remember from last year. The Blonde With The Sparkly 1989 Microphone is, after all, on a break (yes, seriously).

Here at the Swift Agency, just a guy who thinks that everyone should have their time in the spotlight, we’d like to congratulate the winners. Adele took a slew of awards including Top Artist and Top Billboard 200 Album for her 25. So did The Weeknd including Top 100 Artist and Top Song Sales Artist. Celine Dion got an Icon Award and brought the thunder with Queen’s “The Show Must Go On”. Kesha had her moment in the sun singing Bob Dylan’s “It Ain’t Me Babe”.

Each one of these award shows is always a mixed bag as opinions are really polarized. So instead of telling you what I didn’t like or what I think could’ve been done better, I’d rather just say I missed the Sparkly Dressed most of all, in her usual spot: dancing in the front row.

Coming up next in the Calendar:

(Sources: 2016 Billboard Music Awards)

The 2016 Billboard Music Awards’ Swiftlist: What you need to know tonight

And a few things we’re just guessing, Taylor Nation.

Here at the Swift Agency, just a guy who blogs while on vacation about the Blonde With A Sparkly 1989 Microphone who wins awards while on a break, we were thrilled for the 2016 Billboard Music Awards tonight, May 22nd. We were, indeed, until we started hearing that our Sparkly Dressed muse might not be attending. First of all, we’ve heard about Calvin Harris’ car accident. According to E! Online, he was a passenger in a car that got hit by another vehicle and he has only minor injuries. He’s checked himself out of the hospital already. Apparently he’s ok, but he’s canceling some performances.

Going back to the Enchantress, she’s nominated for:

(Source: Billboard)
(Source: Billboard)
  • Top Artist
  • Top Female Artist
  • Top Billboard 200 Artist
  • Top Hot 100 Artist
  • Top Radio Songs Artist
  • Top Social Media Artist
  • Top Touring Artist
  • Top Billboard 200 Album

The BBMAs have released a seating chart. Taylor is absent. Teen Vogue has added a description regarding Serayah that mentions T-Swizzle: “Though Serayah’s BFF Taylor isn’t planning to attend…” So we might be Swift-less tonight. A big shoutout to @belleswift17 for the detective work in finding that quote.

Yes, basically we’re playing another round of an old game we call Where in the world is Taylor Swift? Fun for all ages. She doesn’t need to be anywhere right now, but if she’s not intentionally planning to appear at the BBMA’s that means I’m only half-watching the show. Still, it’s not like she could show up anywhere else where we could see her. Might as well watch the show and cheer for her winning some more accolades. Hopefully we get some video acceptances if she’s lucky.

Remember that everyone deserves their own turn at the spotlight.

Coming up next in the Calendar:

  • May 22: The Billboard Music Awards are broadcast LIVE at 8pm ET on ABC from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Taylor Swift is nominated for eight awards.
  • October 22: Taylor Swift headlines a special concert at the Formula 1 US Grand Prix. Click here for more information.

(Sources: 2016 Billboard Music AwardsE! OnlineTeen Vogue)

The 64th BMI Pop Awards: Taylor Swift receives the Taylor Swift Award and Pop Songwriter of the Year!

(Photo: Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
(Photo: Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

She’s emotionally attached to the choker, Taylor Nation.

Here at the Swift Agency, just a guy who thinks a pair of scissors would make that choker come off, we’re glad that the Taylor Swift Award went to the Sparkly Dressed. Otherwise, it would’ve been awkward. I’m also happy that it doesn’t look like some stylized concept of a Taylor’s surprise face.

The 64th annual BMI Pop Awards took place last night (May 10, 2016) at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA. The Enchantress was in attendance along with her family.

The Blonde With The Sparkly 1989 Microphone also had four of the year’s most-performed songs. “Bad Blood,” “Blank Space,” “Style” and “Wildest Dreams” are all featured on the artist’s Billboard 200 No. 1 album 1989. That won her BMI’s Pop Songwriter of the Year. No, the evening was not televised. That’s a pity. I keep trying to get a network to support my idea of a Taylor TV channel (“All Taylor, all the time”) but nobody’s getting back to me yet. Darn 😦

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On other news, Billboard announced Taylor Swift as the top earning musician of 2015 with $73.5 million. This was not due to record sales but to her hugely successful 1989 World Tour which brought her $61.7 million in touring revenue. Also helping her numbers was Ryan Adams’ reinterpretation of 1989 which made her top earner of publishing royalties.

Coming up next in the Calendar:

  • May 22: The Billboard Music Awards are broadcast LIVE at 8pm ET on ABC from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Taylor Swift is nominated for eight awards.

(Sources: BMIBillboard)