Taylor Swift's much-hyped first and perhaps only concert of 2016 wrapped last night in Austin. And rather than announce an album or release new music—as many expected—Swift spent her evening at the Formula 1 U.S. Grand Prix playing acoustic versions of her greatest hits. She also took tissue breaks for her cold because "of course you play one show in one year and you get a cold one time and it's before that one show. That's the way life works," Swift told everyone.
Musically, about half the tracks came from 1989 and were part of her set list on that tour. But it was her her performances of Fifteen, 22, You Belong With Me, and her mash up of We Are Never Getting Back Together/Bad Blood that particularly got people excited.
Then Swift debuted the closest thing to new music she's willing to show right now: her first live performance of "This Is What You Came For". You know, the Calvin Harris/Rihanna song it was revealed Swift had actually written with her ex-boyfriend Harris; the one that caused so much drama.
She prefaced it with the most Taylor monologue about songwriting: "As a songwriter, the most rewarding feeling in the world is writing something and then having a crowd sing it back to you because they know the words. It's the coolest thing in the world. And um, I've never played this song live before. But if you know it, maybe you could sing along and then I could get to know what that feels like, to hear a song sung back to me."
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