Taylor Swift performs during the 58th Annual Grammy Awards on Feb. 15, 2016 in Los Angeles.
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By Nolan Feeney
February 16, 2016

The Grammys are more about today’s biggest artists demonstrating their showmanship than creating a spectacle.

Taylor Swift’s opening performance of the 59th annual ceremony upheld this reputation: Swift, dressed in a dark glittery body suit, performed an understated but still sparkling rendition of the song “Out of the Woods” from her blockbuster album 1989. (No feud-ending performances with Kanye West here.)

Swift was joined onstage by the song’s co-writer, Bleachers mastermind Jack Antonoff. She had already picked up a few Grammys by the time she took the stage, including Best Pop Vocal Album (for 1989) and Best Music Video (for “Bad Blood” with Kendrick Lamar).

Write to Nolan Feeney at nolan.feeney@time.com.

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