The old Taylor can’t come to the phone right now, but the new Taylor has officially arrived.
Taylor Swift appeared as the musical guest on Saturday Night Live, marking her first live TV performance since the release of her latest album, reputation, which dropped on Friday. She previously sang the album’s closing track, “New Year’s Day,” in a performance that aired during a ABC’s TGIT block the night before the album’s release.
She sang “…Ready For It?,” the album’s opening track which she had previously released as reputation’s second single, for her first performance of the evening. Sporting her signature red lip along with a cropped black sweatshirt with a metallic detail and black shorts, she delivered a confident performance of the sultry single — singing into a bedazzled microphone — backed by a quartet of singers who joined her on some fierce choreography.
She followed up “…Ready For It?” with an acoustic performance of “Call It What You Want,” the fourth single released off reputation. Swift sat on a stool for the performance strumming a black guitar, backed by the same four singers, who were visible in silhouette behind her. She kept it casual in black pants with a black embellished jacket over a red and black shirt — but don’t let the low-key vibe fool you: Her top was decorated with snakes, which have become a recurring motif in Swift’s reputation era.
Stay tuned for clips of Swift’s SNL performances and EW’s full recap of the episode, featuring host Tiffany Haddish.