OFFSTAGE: Taylor Swift Brings Justin Bieber Onstage

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“Would it be all right if I brought out my friend Justin?” Wasn’t it nice of Taylor Swift to ask her California fans? Like as if anyone at her Los Angeles show last night (Aug. 23) would’ve said no to seeing Justin Bieber sing with her. Billboard magazine is reporting that Bieber and four of his dancers came onstage toward the end of the show, while Swift was standing on the stairs. He danced his way up and down the stairs, from side to side on the stage, and all around the catwalks. All the while, he belted out his hit, “Baby,” in his trademark baggy-but-skinny jeans, with Swift helping him a little on the vocals. She mostly stuck to the basics, like “Baby, baby, baby, oooh/I thought you’d always be mine,” while Bieber did the rap on his own. What a treat that must’ve been for the thousands of Swift fans there. She is playing four nights out in L.A., so I wonder if Bieber will make a “surprise” appearance at the rest of her shows.

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.