In case you somehow missed it, Taylor Swift was honored as Artist of the Decade at last night's American Music Awards ceremony. The show was decidedly Swift's to run away with: Not only did she receive the biggest award of the night, but she also won every other category she was nominated in (Artist of the Year, Female Pop/Rock Artist, Favorite Pop/Rock Album, Favorite Artist Adult Contemporary and Favorite Video), making her the most awarded artist in AMAs history. And despite the drama leading up to the awards show, Swift's performance was ultimately perfection.
What was more perfect, though, was the piano Swift sat at to close out said performance.
For one, it perfectly matched her outfit, a shimmery gold leotard and pink, accented cape. But more than that, it literally spelled out the singer/songwriter's career -- the exterior of the baby grand was bedazzled with the names of Swift's albums and songs.
Swift sat at the gorgeous instrument while she performed the titular song off of her latest album, "Lover," accompanied by a ballet number by dancers Misty Copeland and Craig Hall. Swift has been thoroughly outspoken about how "Lover" is an album near and dear to her heart, since it's the first that she herself owns the rights to, so closing out the show with a stripped-down piano version of the lead song was appropriate.
How she opened the performance was also super appropriate, given the feud with Scooter Braun and Scott Borchetta that Swift has been entrenched in for the past few months. She sang a few lines from the chorus of another song off "Lover," the feminist, f*ck-the-partiarchy anthem "The Man," while wearing a white shirt-dress bearing the names of every album she released under Big Machine Records. She was accompanied by a troupe of young girls who danced alongside her, making her statement loud and clear.
Swift added "Love Story," "Blank Space" and "I Knew You Were Trouble" to the medley -- all huge hits for the artist -- and was later joined by friends and fellow winners of the night, Camila Cabello and Halsey, to hit the ground running with "Shake It Off." We were basically at a Taylor Swift concert.
But back to the piano. Though it was tough to get a view of the entire thing during the show, you could clearly make out the words "Red," "Fearless" and "1989" written out in pink script, with Swift's name emblazoned across the top of it. Some eagle-eyed fans even found "Ours" and "Eyes Open," one of which was a single back in 2011 and the other being a song she penned for the soundtrack of "The Hunger Games" in 2012.
We know Swift has a love for flair, and her "Lover" era is beautiful and dainty and lovely, so this piano -- and the performance altogether -- displayed that in full.