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Grammy Video Winner: Taylor Swift "Bad Blood" (Joseph Kahn, dir.)

The Grammys and the VMAs are probably the only two video awards most people care about — or, are the only ones the pass the "Does my mom know what this is?" test — and Taylor Swift has now won then both for "Bad Blood," directed by Joseph Kahn.

Congrats to the winner and all the nominees:

A$AP Rocky "LSD" 

  • Dexter Navy, video director
  • Shin Nishigaki, video producer
  • Label: RCA Records/A$AP Worldwide/Polo Grounds Music

The Dead Weather "I Feel Love (Every Million Miles)" 

Kendrick Lamar "Alright"  - 

Taylor Swift "Bad Blood" - WINNER

Pharrell Williams "Freedom" 

Taylor Swift "Out of the Woods" (Joseph Kahn, dir.)

It's a fairy tale where Taylor Swift doesn't need to wait for any Prince Charming to save her in this latest epic collaboration with director Joseph Kahn. She just needs to decide to turn around and move on from her entanglements. That journey is anything but easy, however, as our heroine goes from the oceans edge to an icy peak and into a forest that's invariably filled with snarling dogs, menacing fire and malicious brances (note: I'd reference Evil Dead her, but why start the New Year that twisted, right?).

Taylor Swift "Wildest Dreams" (Joseph Kahn, dir.)

Can Taylor Swift and director Joseph Kahn do big and intimate at the same time in a video? Of course, they can. Welcome to Africa for this period piece where Taylor is a classic movie starlet falling into and away from her leading man, Scott Eastwood. Stay tuned through the end, since there's one last chance for romance at the fateful, yet chilly movie premiere.

Taylor Swift & Director Joseph Kahn Leak "Wildest Dreams" Teaser

Never trust director Joseph Kahn when he says he's shooting either a tampon commercial, or a toothpaste commercial

The tampon spot wound-up being his Internet destroying Power/Rangers rebootleg, and the toothpaste commercial is his third music video for music business overlordess Taylor Swift.

"Wildest Dreams" will debut on Sunday, August 30 as part of the MTV VMA Pre-Show. A teaser is out now that just begs you to Zapruder that shit frame by frame, but I'll save you some trouble:

  • The love interest is actor Scott Eastwood, son of Clint
  • The location is Africa (aka: land of Zebras)
  • And if you freeze frame that slate and get confused about it saying the director is G. Musterhausen and thinking Taylor is working with a dead man, you need to rewatch Kahn's "Knights Of Cydonia" and pay attention to the credits.

Taylor Swift "Bad Blood" Breaks Viewership Records

Yes, we know Taylor Swift is popular, but just to make sure you realize how big she is on the heels of her star-studded "Bad Blood" video, take a look at the numbers:

  • 20 million - "Bad Blood" broke the 24 hour VEVO record for most views in one day, getting nearly 20 million views in one day.
  • 37 million - Total "Bad Blood" views as I write this, four days after the premiere.
  • 5 billion - Total view count for all her videos.
  • 11 million - Total estimated viewers to the Billboard Music Awards, which televised the exclusive world premiere of the video.

It's like there's the music business, and then there's the Taylor Swift business, with the only similarity being that they use some of the same notes... 

Taylor Swift "Shake It Off" (Mark Romanek, dir.)

Taylor Swift might be going much more pop than you'd have expected — and maybe the thought of seeing her as a B-Girl, or a ballerina, or a hyper-stylized Gagaesque artist makes you very nervous, but no need to worry. It's all in fun with a "just be yourself" message, with an '80s golden age of pop video that directly references "Mickey" by one-hit-wonder Toni Basil.