Taylor Swift took to the stage on Thursday night where she performed at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards show, and the singer has received widespread applause for her heartfelt performance.
The 22-year-old sang her latest single "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together," which is from her upcoming fourth studio album "Red." The crowd watched in awe as Swift confidently danced and strutted across the stage as she closed out the show's finale.
The country music star casually wore a red and white striped top with black shorts and in an unexpected twist, she was accompanied by energetic backup dancers who complimented the performance well. Swift is often only accompanied by a guitar during performances and her transisiton from country music to bubblegum pop appears to be sitting well with her fan base.
Fans flocked to social networking site Twitter, where an overwhelming majority praised Swift for the performance.
"Taylor Swift rocked the VMAs," Angie Yip tweeted.
"I love how Taylor Swift performs like the audience is just her friends. Her performance on the VMAs was PURE PURRFECTION<3" Trishe tweeted.
"Taylor Swift. I love this girl, ok? SHE KILLED HER PERFORMANCE AT THE VMAs! ERRHMYGHUD!" Patricia Anne Cortez tweeted.
Although Swift did not take home any of the awards, she appeared to be in good spirits throuought the event and earlier the singer posed on the red carpet while wearing an elegant white J. Mendel suit.
Noticeably absent from the VMAs, which was held in Los Angeles, was Swift's 18-year-old boyfriend, Conor Kennedy. He was reportedly forced to cancel his attendance because he was moving into the prestigious Deerfield Academy boarding school in Massachusetts on the same day, according to HollywoodLife.com.
"He will now not be able to attend the VMAs. He is very disappointed because he was amped to go, but he has certain school commitments to take care of," a source told Hollywoodlife.com.
"He asked for permission to leave school but they didn't give him the time off, especially since it wasn't a family emergency," the source added.