Las Vegas - Taylor Swift offered a new personal transformation on Sunday as she debuted the video for Bad Blood in which she portrays a feminist action hero in collaboration with rapper Kendrick Lamar.
Opening the Billboard Music Awards, Swift premiered Bad Blood as the fourth single from her album 1989, which was by far the top-selling solo album last year.
The single version features Lamar, one of the most acclaimed rappers of the moment, in a hip-hop duet - a once unthinkable step for the 25-year-old Swift, who started off in country music before shifting to pop.
The song is about Swift's fallout with another pop star, widely speculated to be Katy Perry.
The video, directed by veteran music director Joseph Kahn, turns Bad Blood into a mini-action film, starting out with Swift leaping into an office and dueling with baddies.
Hoping for a theme of women's empowerment, Swift enlisted a number of female stars as her co-heroines.
Ranging from model Cindy Crawford to actresses Zendaya and Selena Gomez to Lena Dunham, the creator of the dark television comedy series Girls, Taylor definitely picked a badass army to watch her back.
Dunham took to Twitter ahead of the video's debut to give everyone a headsup before having their minds blown!
8pm, watch the #BadBloodMusicVideo @officialBBMAs & let the lethal forces of femininity rock you 2 sleep. I love you forever @taylorswift13— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) May 17, 2015
8pm, watch the #BadBloodMusicVideo @officialBBMAs & let the lethal forces of femininity rock you 2 sleep. I love you forever @taylorswift13
Amongst all the alter-egos, Swift in the video turns into a boxer and goes head to head with 'Knock-out' better known as her bestie, Kalie Kloss.
The Style singer also opts for deep red locks as she struts with a row of weapon-clinging women.
(YouTube: Taylor Swift Vevo)
Watch the action packed video and prepared to be amazed...
After premiering the video, Swift opened the televised awards by introducing rock veterans Van Halen, who performed their hard-charging 1984 hit Panama.
Swift later accepted an award and embraced Scottish DJ Calvin Harris, who was sitting beside her, in images certain to reinforce gossip that the two are dating.
Scratch that, they are TOTALLY dating!
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