Taylor Swift is Finally Back to the Stage, Performing This is What You Came For

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Tens of thousands packed into the Circuit of the Americas on Saturday night for Swift's only concert of the year at Formula One's only race on American soil.

Tens of thousands packed into the Circuit of the Americas on Saturday night for Swift's only concert of the year at Formula One's only race on American soil.

 

Taylor Swift returned to the stage on Saturday for her first live performance since wrapping up her 1989 world tour nearly a year ago and since ending her high-profile relationships with Calvin Harris and Tom Hiddleston.

In typical Swift fashion, the GRAMMY-winner took the stage in a sparkly black ensemble that showed off her long stems, and a swipe of red lipstick.

During her first and only concert performance of 2016, Formula 1 U.S. Grand Prix weekend in Austin, Texas, the Grammy winner tore through a number of her hits. The 26-year-old super-star was on fire from minute one, blazing through "New Romantics" and "22" in quick succession to open the show, looking not a bit rusty after a nearly 11-month break from live performing.

Swift's set list also included "Blank Space," "I Knew You Were Trouble," "Style," "You Belong With Me" (accompanying herself on guitar!), "Fifteen," "Holy Ground," "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together," which segued into "Bad Blood," then "Love Story" a mashup of "Wildest Dreams" and "Enchanted," and "Shake It Off." But the cherry on top may have been a stripped-down version of "This Is What You Came For," the track Swift co-wrote for then-boyfriend Calvin Harris that became a huge, song-of-the-summer hit for the Scottish DJ-producer and Rihanna.

She told the crowd:

As a songwriter, the most rewarding feeling in the world is writing something and then having the crowd sing it back to you because they know the words. It's the coolest thing in the world. And I've never played this song live before, but you know it.

The concert came after Saturday’s race at the Formula One United States Grand Prix. It’s the only U.S. venue for the Formula One World Championship, which is made up of a series of 21 events around the world where drivers compete on specialized courses at speeds exceeding 200 mph.

In addition to Swift, Usher and The Roots will perform a full concert after the USGP on Sunday.