Olivia Rodrigo Belts ‘Vampire’ as Taylor Swift Sings Along During Dramatic Grammys Performance

Olivia Rodrigo made waves at the 66th Annual Grammy Awards, performing her hit song “Vampire” while donning a red dress and singing to a pumped-up crowd, which included Taylor Swift, who was singing and dancing along to Rodrigo’s pop-rock ballad.

Rodrigo performed a fiery rendition of the hit from her sophomore album, receiving a standing ovation while fake blood dripped from her teeth and dripped from the background wall that adorned her stage.

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The 20-year-old belted her way through her album “Guts'” lead single in a passionate performance that had everyone from Swift to Ed Sheeran and The War and Treaty’s Michael Trotter Jr. and Tanya Trotter out of their seats and demanding more.

Rodrigo first made her Grammys performance debut in 2022, when she gave a rendition of her breakthrough smash “Drivers License.” That same year, she was one of the most-nominated artists at the event, taking home three statuettes including best new artist, best pop solo performance for “Drivers License” and best pop vocal album for her first record “Sour.”

This year, Rodrigo was nominated for six Grammy Awards. Her sophomore album “Guts,” which released in September, was honored in the album of the year and best pop vocal album categories, while its lead single “Vampire” secured nods for record of the year, song of the year and best pop solo performance. Elsewhere, she pushed into a different genre category as “Ballad of a Homeschooled Girl” was considered for best rock song.

Rodrigo previously told Variety that “Guts” was a moment of growth for the artist. “The experience tested my confidence and patience. It taught me some important lessons about songwriting in terms of focusing on your craft rather than just waiting for inspiration to strike,” she said. “It taught me about the mindset that is most conducive to writing: You can never sit down at the piano and try to write something that everyone will like; that always results in a really bad song. It taught me that I write songs that I want to hear.”

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