Taylor Swift took the internet by storm when she released an updated 10-minute version of her song “All Too Well.” The track is part of the recently released album Red (Taylor’s Version). Swift followed up the release by delivering an emotional performance on Saturday Night Live over the weekend.
According to speculation, “All Too Well” documents Swift’s relationship with actor Jake Gyllenhaal. The pair dated in 2010 and, judging by the song’s lyrics, it wasn’t exactly the cleanest break.
The announcement that Taylor Swift would return to Saturday Night Live excited fans. Things became a little hectic outside the studio as fans rushed to get tickets.
The excitement went up a notch when Swift revealed plans to forgo the usual two performances given to SNL’s musical guest in favor of one, 10-minute long rendition of “All Too Well.” It ended up being the right decision as Swift gave one of the more memorable SNL’s performances in recent memory. Watch the clip below:
Taylor Swift’s All Too Well performance set a Saturday Night Live record
Taylor Swift’s Saturday Night Live performance was accompanied by a showing of the short film the singer released along with the song. The film stars Dylan O’Brien and Sadie Sink and the storyline mostly follows along with Swift’s lyrics.
The 10-minute performance of “All Too Well” was the longest by a musical guest in Saturday Night Live history. And while some weren’t thrilled by the extended play, more positive reviews than negative ones rolled in for Swift.
In a show that is all about timing, Saturday Night Live allowing Taylor Swift to own the stage for 10 minutes says a lot. It’s a sign of the strong relationship the singer developed with Lorne Michaels and the show. It also demonstrates Swift’s star power and how the performance was basically a sure thing.
It’s hard to think of too many other artists who would be afforded the same opportunity. We may have to wait a long time before Taylor Swift’s SNL record gets broken.
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