Performing at AT&T Presents DIRECTV NOW Super Saturday Night ahead of Super Bowl LI in Houston, Taylor Swift treated 9,000 lucky fans to a 17-song, 90-minute set that showcased both her own hits and the highlights of her side gig as a songwriter.
Opening with the 1989 bonus track “New Romantics,” Swift performed songs that spanned her full catalog. There was “You Belong With Me” from Fearless, “22,” “We Are Never Getting Back Together” and the title song from Red and the biggest singles from her latest smash 1989. But the biggest moments of the set came when Swift performed several songs written for other artists.
"I never really knew what it would feel like to hear my song on the radio and have someone else singing it. Turns out, it feels awesome," Swift told the crowd, per Billboard, before launching into Little Big Town’s “Better Man.” "I feel really grateful to the artists who have decided to record the things that I have written. The one drawback is just that you don't really get to hear the crowd sing the songs back to you." She also incorporated an acoustic version of “This Is What You Came For,” the Rihanna/ Calvin Harris collaboration she co-wrote with her ex.
But the biggest song of the night was the live debut of her Zayn collaboration “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever.” Earlier in the week, Swift shared a brief clip of an acoustic arrangement of the song and her fans exploded when treated to the stripped-down version of her "Fifty Shades Darker" smash.
If the concert is indeed her only live performance of the year -- at one point, she told the crowd “As far as I know, I'm doing one show in 2017. And as far as I know, this is that one show" -- Swift gave fans all they could hope for: Hit songs, surprise moments and plenty of charm. Check out some videos and Instagrams of the show below and keep it here on AXS.com for more on T-Swift and Super Bowl LI.