The 2010 VMA Countdown: Taylor Swift’s Taxi-Topping Performance

The 2010 MTV Video Music Awards are upon us. The biggest party of the year features nominated clips by Lady Gaga, Eminem, Jay-Z, Ke$ha and Katy Perry and will feature performances by Kanye West, Eminem, Drake, Justin Bieber, Paramore, Usher, B.o.B, Florence and the Machine and Linkin Park. In order to properly prepare yourself for what’s to come, every day the MTV Newsroom Blog will deliver a classic moment in the history of the MTV Video Music Awards, and we’re calling it “30 Days of VMA.” Today’s installment: Taylor Swift’s taxi-topping performance.

At the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, Taylor Swift not only became the first country star to ever win a Moonman (she beat out superstars like Beyoncé and Lady Gaga to win Best Female Video), but she also turned in one of the most memorable VMA performances in recent history. Not content to simply take the stage at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, Swift began her run through “You Belong With Me” in the bowels of the subway system. Posing as a busker, she got through the first verse of the song before boarding a train packed with fans to keep the action going. When she arrived at the next station (the stop for Radio City Music Hall), she bounded up the steps and ended up finishing the tune on top of a taxi cab.

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For a girl from the country, she sure took over New York for a few minutes. In a night full of surprises and stunning performances, Swift stood above her peers as a dynamic and adventurous star.

The 27th annual MTV Video Music Awards will be broadcast live from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on September 12 at 9 p.m. ET.