Wearing a dramatic beaded dove-gray gown, complete with sequin detailing and a long train streaming out behind her, the “Red” songstress perched at the piano for what was billed as an “intimate performance” of her song “All Too Well.”
Backed by a band and supporting vocalists, Swift played the ballad — which is rumored to be about her blink-and-you’ll-miss-it-yeah-you-missed-it relationship with actor Jake Gyllenhaal — fairly straight, until the song’s bridge, at which point she flipped out into a straight-up headbang.
Before the performance, fans wondered which song Swift would choose to perform. After all, fan favorite Ed Sheeran, who duetted with Swift on “Everything Has Changed” on the album, was in the house for the awards show, and “I Knew You Were Trouble” topped charts earlier this year.
However, when Swift set her mind to tickling the keys, fans exploded with appreciation on Twitter, wholeheartedly approving of the song choice. In fact, several even thanked Gyllenhaal for inspiring Swift.
For example, Molly Lambert was pretty sure that the performance was essentially a text message winky face translated into a vocal performance in front of millions.
GYLLENHAAL IS NEWLY SINGLE AGAIN THIS WHOLE PERFORMANCE MIGHT BE A SUBTWEET TO TRY AND GET HIM BACK
— Mi'ley Lambert (@mollylambert) January 27, 2014
User @HighFlyingSwift remembers the theft of a particular accessory all too well, but if that’s what it takes to get a lil TaySway drama, then that’s what it takes.
Thank u Jake Gyllenhaal. You can keep the scarf we forgive you.
— Starlight Cardinal (@HighFlyingSwift) January 27, 2014
Louis Peitzman totally knows how TSweezy feels.
If I broke up with Jake Gyllenhaal, I would literally never stop writing songs about it and headbanging my way through them.
— Louis Peitzman (@LouisPeitzman) January 27, 2014
What did you think of Taylor Swift’s Grammys performance? Are you mad at Jake Gyllenhaal?