Taylor Swift and Brendon Urie Open Billboard Music Awards With Colorful Performance of "ME!"

Brendon Urie of Panic! at the Disco and Taylor Swift perform onstage during the 2019 Billboard Music Awards -Getty-H 2019
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The awards show marked the first performance of Swift and Urie's collaboration.

Taylor Swift and Panic! at the Disco's Brendon Urie kicked off the 2019 Billboard Music Awards with the debut performance of their new song, "ME!"

The performance began with members of a drum line standing in the aisles on the floor, as well as on the stage. Swift soon entered the stage wearing a sequined pink, silver and gold dress as she sang the opening lyrics.

A number of female backup dancers then joined Swift. The dancers were clad in pastel suits and used briefcases as props during the heavily choreographed number. The ensembles and choreography mimicked the record-breaking music video.

Similar to his second entrance in the music video, Urie flew onto the stage while holding an umbrella. He then handed the umbrella off to Swift as she sang about an argument that took place in the rain.

Diverting from the songs original lyrics, Urie took over Swift's line and declared, "Hey kids!" Swift followed suit and said, "Vegas is fun!" The line differs from the song's original lyrics, which are "reading is fun."

The performance continued to take notes from the music video as dancers descended from the ceiling while holding onto umbrellas. Confetti was shot out from the ceiling, which added even more color to the bright performance.

Swift and Urie eventually joined the dancers in the air after they were seated in chairs attached to umbrellas. The two finished the performance as they floated over the stage and sung the final verses.

The song, which was released April 26, is the first single off of Swift's upcoming seventh album. The colorful music video set the Vevo record for the highest number of views within 24 hours of its release, with more than 65 million views on the platform. The previous record holder was Ariana Grande's music video for "Thank U, Next," which garnered 59 million views within its first 24 hours on Vevo.

In addition to the debut live performance of the song, Swift also released the lyric video for the song Wednesday.

The 2019 BBMAs were hosted by Kelly Clarkson. The awards ceremony took place Wednesday night from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and aired on NBC.

The Billboard Music Awards is produced by Dick Clark Productions — a division of Valence Media, the parent company of the Billboard-Hollywood Reporter Media Group.