VMAs: Did John Travolta Mistake a Drag Queen for Taylor Swift?
Some viewers were speculating on social media that it appeared Travolta began to hand the statue for Video of the Year to Jade Jolie, thinking she was Swift, until he did a double take.
John Travolta has a spotty history when it comes to presenting at award shows. Remember when he famously butchered Idina Menzel's name at the Oscars? He even made fun of himself at the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards, when he refused to read the name of the Video of the Year winner, asking Queen Latifah to do it for him.
When Latifah announced Taylor Swift's "You Need to Calm Down" as the winner of Video of the ear, the pop superstar brought her entire posse of performers on stage, including many of the drag queens featured in the video, who joined her for her opening performance at the VMAs.
One of those stars was Drag Race alum Jade Jolie, known for her spot-on Swift look. But did it fool Travolta? Some viewers were speculating on social media that it appeared Travolta began to hand the statue to Jolie, thinking she was Swift. The actor seemed to stop short and do a double take before laughing it off with the drag star.
Jolie poked fun at the moment, posting about it on her Instagram with the caption: "Almost got my first award tonight thanks to @JohnTravolta."
Judge for yourself in the video below.
John Travolta mistook Jade Jolie for Taylor Swift when handing over the award for ‘Video of the Year.’ pic.twitter.com/z8MsJtcp1V— Pop Crave (@PopCraveMusic) August 27, 2019
A version of this story first appeared on Billboard.com.