Watch Taylor Swift’s Futuristic, Neo-Noir ‘Bad Blood’ Video
Singer enlists all-star cast for new clip, which premiered at the Billboard Music Awards
Taylor SwiftÂ premiered her star-studded, futuristic, neo-noir video Sunday night at the Billboard Music Awards after a highly publicized teaser campaign on her social media sites.
As promised, Selena Gomez, Kendrick Lamar, Jessica Alba, Lena Dunham, Ellie Goulding, Hayley Williams and others in Swift’s circle appeared in the dark, action-packed video. After Swift (as Catastrophe) and Gomez (as Arsyn) engage in a high-flying martial arts display, Gomez kicks Swift through a window and sends the singer falling onto a car.
From there, the scene shifts to Swift’s cohorts, all dressed in black, trainingÂ Mission Impossible-style, before Swift takes onÂ Karli Kloss in a vicious kickboxing match. Jessica Alba proceeds to rides motorcycles with Swift in a nod to sci-fi classicÂ Tron (with cameos fromÂ Mariska Hargitay and Cindy Crawford) beforeÂ a girl gang, led by Swift, walk in slow motion in front ofÂ post-apocalyptic, city-on-fire visuals.
After the video, Swift welcomed the audience to the show and introduced Van Halen, who performed a high-energy performance of their 1984 hit “Panama.”
“Blank Space” director Joseph Kahn helmedÂ the clip, for which he pushed Swift to be her most self-aware and vengeful. “I love working with [Swift]. She is the bomb,”Â the director postedÂ on Twitter along with one of Swift’s posters. According to Swift,Â each actor chose their character’s name and persona.
Swift has never revealed the lyrical inspiration behind “Bad Blood,” though speculation beganÂ when the singer revealed toÂ Rolling StoneÂ that the tuneÂ was about another famous female artist. “For years, I was never sure if we were friends or not,” Swift said. “She would come up to me at awards shows and say something and walk away, and I would think, ‘Are we friends, or did she just give me the harshest insult of my life?'”
Swift revealed that most of her angerÂ came from a business move thatÂ the other artist made back in 2013. “She basically tried to sabotage an entire arena tour,” Swift said. “She tried to hire a bunch of people out from under me. And I’m surprisingly non-confrontational ”” you would not believe how much I hate conflict. So now I have to avoid her. It’s awkward, and I don’t like it.”
The dark clip continues the visual flip side of Swift’s real-lifeÂ perceived sweetness. Last year, the singerÂ got revenge on a cheating boyfriendÂ in the sinister “Blank Space” video, which found a vengeful Swift throwing flower pots, brandishing a butcher knife and destroying paintings of her lover.
“Bad Blood” Cast
Taylor Swift asÂ Catastrophe
Selena Gomez asÂ Arsyn
Karlie Kloss asÂ Knockout
Kendrick Lamar asÂ Welvin Da Great
Martha Hunt asÂ HomeSlice
Jessica Alba asÂ Domino
Serayah asÂ Dilemma
Lena Dunham asÂ Lucrky Fiori
Hailee Steinfeld asÂ The Trinity
Ellie Goulding asÂ Destructa X
GiGi Hadid asÂ Slay-Z
Hayley Williams asÂ The Crimson Curse
Zendaya asÂ Cut-Throat
Lily Aldridge asÂ Frostbyte
Ellen Pompeo asÂ Luna
Mariska Hargitay asÂ Justice
Cara Delevingne asÂ Mother Chucker
Cindy Crawford asÂ Headmistress