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VMA 2015: Taylor Swift wins Video of the Year for Bad Blood

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"You already know..." Ice Cube said before announcing that Taylor Swift had won Video of the Year for "Bad Blood," and of course, we already did. The inevitable march to victory couldn't be stopped. With nearly 500 million views, insane production values, and 18 ultra-famous co-stars, "Bad Blood" became a cultural phenomenon. Although, anecdotally, one that it didn't actually seem like anyone liked.

Most of Swift's video cast mates (often cringingly referred to as her "squad") joined her on stage to accept the award, including Cara Delevingne, Karlie Kloss, Hailee Steinfeld, Serayah McNeill, Gigi Hadid, Mariska Hargitay, and Selena Gomez, and smiled gratefully while she expressed the absolute joy of living "in 2015, in a world where boys can play princesses and girls can play soldiers." The comment was in response to recent criticism surrounding the video — most notably that it purportedly promotes female solidarity and strength but in fact depicts a group of women teaming up against one ostracized woman (Katy Perry, as all the evidence implies).

Just to clarify, girls can actually be soldiers also.