Backstage, Taylor Swift Is the Oprah of Tour Appearances

"And you can come! And you can come! And you can come!"

Taylor Swift presents Justin Timberlake on stage.
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Taylor Swift's squad keeps getting bigger and bigger (opens in new tab), thanks to her now-famous surprise guest appearances for her 1989 tour. But if you've ever thought: "Hm, Matt LeBlanc, that's an interesting choice..." or "Beck?!" you're not alone. And you're also on to something...

Seems some stage appearances are coordinated moments before the show (opens in new tab), at Taylor's request. When Julia Roberts set up a meet-and-greet for her kids before the concert, Tay invited her up to end it. Same for Orange is the New Black's Uzo Aduba, who was chatting with the star backstage before being invited not only up to the stage, but also for a performance. (NBD.) 

Matt LeBlanc was also a last-minute addition, made when he met Taylor before the concert. John Legend joined the star for an epic performance when Swift found out his wife—Chrissy Teigen—was attending the concert, and Swift made a quick call to the supermodel requesting her hubs join in for a duet. (He did, obviously.)  

One one hand, it's nice that some of these are candid, amazing moments that happen because the stars align and not from corporate calls. On the other, we're still waiting for our call, Tay.

Samantha Leal
Samantha Leal

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