John Travolta mistakes Drag Race queen for Taylor Swift plus other highlights from VMAs 2019

Both Taylor Swift and John Travolta have troubled pasts when it comes to awards ceremonies, so it wasn't a surprise that when their world's collided at this year's VMAs, something went awry.

Travolta at VMAs

John Travolta is back in flying form five years on from his Idina Menzel/Adele Dazeem debacle.

To avoid a similar fiasco at this year’s VMAs, he asked co-presenter Queen Latifah to announce the winner in the Best Music Video category:

“I shouldn’t do this because I’ll just mispronounce it and f*** this up,” he said, handing over the envelope.

Latifah announced that Taylor Swift was the winner for her iconic music video which included an LGBT+ cast for ‘You Need To Calm Down’.

Swift took to the stage with many of the Drag Queens who appeared in the video including Drag Race Season five star Jade Jolie.

Just when he thought he escaped another gaff, he handed the award to Jolie as Taylor was still making her way to the stage.

Jolie laughed it off and hugged Travolta in an “awh bless” kind of way as Tatianna looked on in shock.

In fairness, Jolie was looking snatched in a look that was very Swift-esque, so we have some sympathy for Travolta.

Swift eventually made her way to the stage where she thanked fans for voting, saying “several points were made” in the video.

“You voting for this video means that you want a world where we’re all treated equally under the law, regardless of who we love, regardless of how we identify.”

Swift and her cast of dancers made an impact with the opening performance of the song in which she highlighted the Equality Act.

Noting that half a million signatures had already collected on a petition to enforce the Equality Act which was linked in her video, she signalled that she is yet to receive a response from the White House about the petition.


Missy Elliott receives the Michael Jackson Music Video Vanguard Award

Missy Elliott was recognised for her contributions to music videos after two decades of creating new genres and breaking boundaries in the music industry.

Paying tribute to the Hip Hop and R&B star, Lizzo praised Missy Elliott for breaking down barriers and paving the way for black female artists.

Lizzo said, “A moment for me was ‘One Minute Man’. When she came out with that song, to hear a woman like her sing about her sexuality, and not only was she singing about her sexuality, she was demanding that you show me what you got.”

Earlier this year, Missy became the first female rapper to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.


Lizzo brings the house down

The main highlight of the evening for many was a breathtaking performance from Lizzo, who was nominated for four awards on the night.

Lizzo filled the venue with love and positivity performing ‘Truth Hurts’ and ‘Good As Hell’ pulling off some astounding key changes.


Lil’ Nas X wins song of the year

Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus won Song of the Year for ‘Old Town Road (Remix)’. Lil’ Nas X came out as gay in July.

The ‘Old Town Road’ singer said he was “pushed by the universe” to come out in a cover feature for Time magazine.

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