Taylor Swift’s Sold-Out Staples Center Shows Commemorated With Championship Banner
Taylor Swift's massive 1989 World Tour is still making the rounds, and the tour is currently camped out at the Los Angeles Staples Center where Taylor is set to perform five sold-out nights—the first of which she tackled Friday evening.
As we now know by now (unless you haven't been paying any attention, of course) Taylor has made it a point this tour to treat her audiences to a series of high-profile, surprise guest appearances at each stop, ranging from dancing onstage with Julia Roberts to performing with Fifth Harmony and Nick Jonas. Last night, however, Taylor got a little surprise of her own—and L.A. Lakers basketball star Kobe Bryant was on hand to deliver it.
Bryant—who came out on stage and rightfully declared "Me being up here means I am the coolest dad to my kids"—had stopped by to point out yet another record-breaking moment on behalf of Ms. Swift, specifically the fact that she had achieved 16 sold-out shows at the Staples Center, more than any other artist who's ever performed there.
"Sixteen is a very special number here in Los Angeles because 16 is the same amount of championships that we have as a Lakers franchise," Bryant explained to Taylor and the audience, leading up to the big reveal. "To celebrate those championships, we do something very special. We hang banners. That's what we do."
At that moment, a gigantic championship banner unfurled from the rafters, commemorating and congratulating Taylor on achieving an unprecedented 16 sold-out performances at the venue. “The banners up at Staples Center right now because WHAT IS LIFE EVEN,” Tay later captioned an Instagram photo of her banner.
Indeed, Taylor—what is life?