Perry also felt humiliated because the video premiered at the Billboard Music Awards, in front of the entire music industry, according to a source.
She was among nominees, but was wrapping up the Asian leg of her Prismatic Tour in Thailand, and did not make the event. Her last show was in Bangkok on May 14.
Still, everyone in the room, and probably most people watching, knew that Katy was the subject of the revenge song, although Swift has never mentioned her by name.
The video was tantamount to a clique of high school mean girls all circling around their victim. Katy ultimately thought the whole thing was pretty juvenile, our industry source said.
The grudge reportedly involves a squabble over backup dancers dating back to last September. Katy supposedly hired some dancers who were lined up for Taylor’s Red Tour, throwing Taylor’s plans into temporary disarray.
Swift confirmed last year that her song was inspired by a female singer. She told Rolling Stone:
“For years, I was never sure if we were friends or not. She would come up to me at awards shows and say something and walk away, and I would think, ‘Are we friends, or did she just give me the harshest insult of my life?’ She did something so horrible. I was like, ‘Oh, we’re just straight-up enemies.’ And it wasn’t even about a guy!”
The video opens in a darkened office. Swift tosses a couple of a bad guys around and grabs a briefcase. But she turns around, and a rival grabs the case and kicks her through an upper-story window. She lands on a car below and crushes it. The feud is on.
Hayley Williams, Ellen Pompeo, Jessica Alba and Selena Gomez help Swift’s character, Catastrophe, sharpen her skills. Then, they go to work against the villains.
All of Taylor’s celeb friends had alter-egos with names they chose themselves. Actress Zendaya was Cut-Throat; model Gigi Hadid was Slay-Z, Hailee Steinfeld was The Trinity, Lena Dunham was Lucky Fiori and Kendrick Lamar was Welvin Da Great. Lamar is featured rapping on the track.
In all, more than 20 actresses and musicians appeared in the four-minute clip.
“It had to do with business,” Swift explained to Rolling Stone.
“She basically tried to sabotage an entire arena tour. She tried to hire a bunch of people out from under me. And I’m surprisingly non-confrontational – you would not believe how much I hate conflict.
“So now I have to avoid her. It’s awkward, and I don’t like it,” she said.
It hard to see how ganging up on her in the “Bad Blood” video is going to make things better.
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