It wasn’t just the ladies who surprised a sold-out crowd of Swifties, though.
Matt Leblanc, Taylor Swift, Chris Rock and Sean O’Pry perform onstage during Taylor Swift The 1989 World Tour Live In Los Angeles at Staples Center on August 22, 2015.
Mary J. Blige (Saturday): Obviously unimpeachable, and perhaps for the better that she was there to allow Taylor to accompany her on “Family Affair” rather than to walk the runway as a “Style” accessory. She certainly made the most of her time on stage, performing “Family Affair” and “Doubt”. Flawless! The group was joined by Sean O’Pry, a hunky male model who appeared in Swift’s “Blank Space” video. As has become customary her latest performance featured a number of famous faces.
Later, Taylor was joined by Mary J Blige… and insane Eyes from Orange Is The New Black.
The Taylor Swift brigade is still growing despite her run-in with Nicki Minaj last month.
But it also put across the notion that Swift is watching her audience almost as closely as it’s watching her, a clever disruption of the power dynamic that typically exists between leader and disciple.
Swift kicked off her string of LA dates on her 1989 tour on Friday by inviting National Basketball Association star Kobe Bryant and OneRepublic frontman Ryan Tedder on stage. So cool! Will she perform with Tay? Aduba sang “White Horse” with Swift.