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"Bad Blood" is the eighth track from Taylor Swift's fifth studio album, 1989. It was written by Swift, Max Martin & Shellback and produced by Martin & Shellback. It is possibly about singer Katy Perry, whom Taylor is rumored to be feuding with. On May 17, 2015, the song was released as the fourth single from the album. The single version features Kendrick Lamar. The song's music video won 2 MTV Video Music Awards including Video of the Year on August 30, 2015 as well as a Grammy for Best Music Video on February 15, 2016.

Music Video

The music video for "Bad Blood" was directed by Joseph Kahn and produced by Taylor. It features an all-star cast including Selena Gomez, Gigi Hadid, Paramore's Hayley Williams, Lena Dunham, Kendrick Lamar, Zendaya and other friends of Taylor's. Each cast member got to chose their own character name and theme.

The video broke Vevo's 24-hour viewing record by accumulating 20.1 million views in its first day of release, beating the 19.6 million 24-hour record previously held by Nicki Minaj for the music video of her song, "Anaconda," in 2014. The video premiered during the 2015 Billboard Music Awards on May 17, 2015.

Fans could tell that the "villain" of the video, Arsyn, very closely resembled a look that Katy Perry once wore.

Cast

Reception

"Bad Blood" peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, after being released as a single, making it Taylor's third No. 1 and fourth top ten song from 1989, and her fourth No. 1 overall. Preceding the remix featuring rap verses by Kendrick Lamar, the original track had peaked at N.o. 53.

Awards and nominations

"Bad Blood" received 15 awards from 32 nominations.

Year Organization Award Result
2015 American Music Awards Collaboration of the Year Nominated
MTV Europe Music Awards Best Song Won
Best Video Nominated
Best Collaboration Nominated
NRJ Music Awards Video of the Year Won
Teen Choice Awards Choice Break-Up Song Won
Choice Music Collaboration Won
Choice Summer Song Nominated
Telehit Awards Video of the Year Won
UK Music Video Awards Best Pop Video — International Won
Best Styling Won
2016 American Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Song Nominated
Favorite Collaboration Nominated
BMI Pop Awards Award-Winning Songs Won
Publisher of the Year Won
Grammy Awards Best Pop Duo/Group Performance Nominated
Best Music Video Won
iHeartRadio Music Awards Best Collaboration Nominated
MTV Video Music Awards Video of the Year Won
Best Collaboration Won
Best Art Direction Nominated
Best Cinematography Nominated
Best Direction Nominated
Best Editing Nominated
Best Visual Effects Nominated
Song of the Summer Nominated
Much Music Video Awards International Artist of the Year Nominated
Most Buzzworthy International Artist or Group Nominated
Myx Music Awards Favourite International Video Won
People's Choice Awards Favorite Song Nominated
Radio Disney Music Awards Song of the Year Won
Best Breakup Song Won

Hidden message

Hidden message: She made friends and enemies.

This part of the hidden message storyline ties into the song well, because Bad Blood was written about one of the enemies Taylor used to feud with, Katy Perry. Their feud has since been resolved, ever since the opening night of The Reputation Stadium Tour, where Katy sent Taylor a woven basket with an olive branch so symbolize peace, and a letter with a sticker of Katy's dog, Nugget, on the envelope.

Lyrics

'Cause, baby, now we got bad blood
You know it used to be mad love
So take a look what you’ve done
'Cause, baby, now we got bad blood (hey)
Now we got problems
And I don’t think we can solve them
You made a really deep cut
And, baby, now we got bad blood (hey)

Did you have to do this? I was thinking that you could be trusted
Did you have to ruin what was shining? Now it's all rusted
Did you have to hit me, where I'm weak? Baby, I couldn’t breathe
And rub it in so deep, salt in the wound like you're laughing right at me
Oh, it's so sad to think about the good times, you and I

'Cause, baby, now we got bad blood
You know it used to be mad love
So take a look what you’ve done
'Cause, baby, now we got bad blood, (hey)
Now we got problems
And I don’t think we can solve them
You made a really deep cut
And, baby, now we've got bad blood (hey)

Did you think we’d be fine? Still got scars on my back from your knife
So don’t think it's in the past, these kinda wounds they last and they last now.
Did you think it all through? All these things will catch up to you
And time can heal but this won't, so if you’re coming my way just don’t
Oh, it’s so sad to think about the good times, you and I

'Cause, baby, now we got bad blood
You know it used to be mad love
So take a look what you’ve done
'Cause, baby, now we got bad blood (hey)
Now we got problems
And I don’t think we can solve them
You made a really deep cut
And, baby, now we’ve got bad blood (hey)

Band-aids don’t fix bullet holes
You say sorry just for show
You live like that, you live with ghosts
Band-aids don’t fix bullet holes
You say sorry just for show
If you live like that you live with ghosts
If you love like that blood runs cold

'Cause, baby, now we got bad blood
You know it used to be mad love (mad love)
So take a look what you’ve done
'Cause, baby, now we got bad blood (hey)
Now we got problems
And I don’t think we can solve them (think we can solve them)
You made a really deep cut
And, baby, now we've got bad blood

'Cause, baby, now we got bad blood
You know it used to be mad love
So take a look what you’ve done (look what you’ve done)
'Cause, baby, now we got bad blood
Now we got problems
And I don’t think we can solve them
You made a really deep cut
And, baby, now we've got bad blood, (hey)

Taylor:
'Cause, baby, now we got bad blood
You know it used to be mad love
So take a look what you’ve done
'Cause, baby, now we got bad blood
Now we got problems
And I don’t think we can solve them
You made a really deep cut
And, baby, now we got bad blood

Kendrick:
I can't take it back, look where I'm at
We was on D like DOC, remember that?
My TLC was quite OD, ID my facts
Now POV of you and me, similar Iraq
I don't hate you but I hate to critique, overrate you
These beats of a dark heart, use basslines to replace you
Take time and erase you, love don't hear no more
No I don't fear no more, better yet respect ain't quite sincere no more

Taylor:
Oh, it’s so sad to think about the good times, you and I

'Cause, baby, now we got bad blood
You know it used to be mad love
So take a look what you’ve done
'Cause, baby, now we got bad blood, hey
Now we got problems
And I don’t think we can solve them
You made a really deep cut
And, baby, now we've got bad blood

Kendrick:
Remember when you tried to write me off?
Remember when you thought I'd take a loss?
Don't you remember? You thought I would need yah
Follow procedure, remember? Oh wait you got amnesia
It was my season for battle wounds, battle scars
Body bumped, bruised
Stabbed in the back; brimstone, fire jumping through
Still, all my life, I got money and power
And you gotta live with the bad blood now

Taylor:
Oh, it’s so sad to think about the good times, you and I

'Cause, baby, now we got bad blood
You know it used to be mad love
So take a look what you’ve done
'Cause, baby, now we got bad blood
Now we got problems
And I don’t think we can solve them
You made a really deep cut
And, baby, now we’ve got bad blood

Band-aids don’t fix bullet holes
You say sorry just for show
You live like that, you live with ghosts
(You forgive, you forget but you never let it go)
Band-aids don’t fix bullet holes
You say sorry just for show
If you live like that you live with ghosts
If you love like that blood runs cold

'Cause, baby, now we got bad blood
You know it used to be mad love (mad love)
So take a look what you’ve done
'Cause, baby, now we got bad blood
Now we got problems
And I don’t think we can solve them (think we can solve them)
You made a really deep cut
And, baby, now we've got bad blood

'Cause, baby, now we got bad blood
You know it used to be mad love
So take a look what you’ve done (look what you’ve done)
'Cause, baby, now we got bad blood
Now we got problems
And I don’t think we can solve them
You made a really deep cut
And, baby, now we've got bad blood, hey

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