Taylor Swift refused to perform at VMAs unless MTV gave all her drag queens awards too
The 2019 VMAs have been an awe-inspiring event, showcasing some of the most talented artists and performers in the world. But most people watching glitzy ceremony held at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, only had eyes for a certain individual: namely, singer-songwriter Taylor Swift.
This year, Taylor managed to bag the highest honour possible, winning the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards' Video of the Year prize for her LGBTQ pride anthem, You Need To Calm Down.
Check out Taylor's VMA acceptance speech below:
However, it seems that when it comes to social justice and LGBT+ activism, Taylor really knows how to put her money where her mouth is. In a recent Instagram story, drag artist Trinity K Bone't (who played Cardi B in Taylor's music video) revealed that Taylor had refused to perform at the VMAs unless her drag queens received awards of their own too.
In her story, which is no longer available to view, Trinity stated: "I just want y'all to know that Taylor Swift made sure that each and every one of us gets two Moonmen for the awards she won tonight ... [Taylor said] that she would not perform unless we got awards too. So I'm going to have two Moonmen in my house with my name on it for Video of the Year at the f*cking VMAs!"
Taylor also took a moment during her acceptance speech to seemingly call out the White House over social justice issues. Taylor stated: "I just want to say that this is a fan-voted award. So, I first want to say thank you to the fans because in this video, several points were made, so you voting for this video means that you want a world where we're all treated equally."
She added: "Regardless of who we are, regardless of how we identify, at the end of this video there was a petition -- and there still is a petition for the Equality Act, which basically just says we all deserve equal rights under the law."
"And, I want to thank everyone who signed that petition because it now has half-a-million signatures, which is five times the amount that it would need to warrant a response from the White House."
However, this isn't the only reason why the queens ended up getting noticed at the VMAs. The audience was left reeling after John Travolta accidentally mistook drag artist, Jade Jolie, for Taylor Swift herself.