The Amazing 26-Year-Old Superstar,Taylor Swift, Is Back: Inside Her Only Show Of 2016

Taylor Swift, Grand PrixIn case you were worried that Taylor Swift might not bounce back so easily from any personal drama that had occurred over the summer…

Ha, you’re good to quit thinking such nonsense right now.

The 26-year-old artist, suffering from a cold but otherwise not showing one iota of rust after a nearly 11-month break from performing live, tore up the stage at Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas, positively thrilling the announced crowd of at least 80,000 fans lucky enough to be witnessing in person Swift’s first and only concert of 2016.

“I’m Taylor—and welcome to F1 on a Saturday night!” she strutted down stage in a bedazzled black romper, her legs looking a mile long (a bit like the line of people that snaked around the venue who were hoping for a glimpse of the headliner while the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix qualifying was still underway).

After blazing through “New Romantics,” “22” and “Blank Space,” Swift took a moment to catch her breath—and wipe her nose, much to the fans’ delight both in person and online.

Taylor Swift, Grand Prix
“So here we are tonight in Austin…I have missed you so much,” Taylor said. “I haven’t played a show since we ended the 1989 World Tour last year—and this is going to be my only show of 2016. I got a cold three days ago, so I have to take a tissue break. I’ll sound 40 percent better after this,” she promised, though judging by the feedback from anyone who was there, she sounded just fine to begin with.

“Of course you play one show and you get a cold,” Swift laughed. After slyly assuring the crowd that they were easily going to be her best crowd of 2016, she encourage them to “let go of anything that is stressing you out. Dance wildly and sing at the top of our lungs and scream when we want to scream! I’m so glad you are on board with that idea…Are you on board, Austin?!

“I have a feeling we are gonna have a good night tonight.”

But while, yes, concertgoers were treated to something special in person, the biggest, warmest welcome-home party was occurring online throughout the evening, from the fans live-tweeting the show to the ones crying their virtual eyes out that they were at dumb places like Disney World instead of watching Taylor perform, to those who couldn’t help but point out that anyone who predicted the end of the Taylor party couldn’t have been more wrong.

And while the subtweets about Katy Perry, Kanye West or anyone else perceived as Taylor’s nemesis were pointed and none too subtle, there was just so much love pouring forth from Twitter throughout.

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