Swift’s indefatigable Speak Now tour made its way to Atlanta over the weekend, and showcased visits from not one but two local superstars.
On Saturday night, Swift welcomed Usher to the Speak Now stage, and the two of them ran through his massive 2004 single “Yeah.”
Sadly, Swift did not take on the Lil Jon part (or the Ludacris verse), opting instead to sing along with Mr. Raymond in the chorus. Naturally, the ATL fans in attendance went ape, including Usher’s two sons, who ran up on stage at the conclusion of the duet.
On Sunday, Swift brought out another member of Atlanta’s musical royalty: T.I. The rapper (who had only been tasting free air for a few days thanks to his release from prison) tag-teamed with Swift on “Live Your Life,” with Taylor filling in for Rihanna.
Sunday’s performance was quite a bit more theatrical, as Swift started out by crooning the song’s chorus (even adding Rihanna’s island lilt on the word “haters”), then calling for T.I., who began rapping from backstage only to make his way down the dramatic, sparkly staircase that serves as the centerpiece of Swift’s Speak Now set.
Follow the jump for shaky cell phone video of each performance:
Remember that piece of trivia for the future: After T.I. was released from prison in 2011, the first live appearance he made was with Taylor Swift.
We know Swift can rap, and she clearly has an affinity for rhymers and singers from the Dirty South. Can a role as the Eve to Justin Bieber’s inevitable Ruff Ryders-esque crew be far behind? Probably not, actually, but it’s fun to dream.
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