Taylor Swift's Awkward CMA Finale EXPLAINED! Was It A Shout Out To Taylor Lautner?

Thu, November 11, 2010 1:30pm EDT by 16 Comments

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Even at her young age, Taylor is never anything but composed and professional when it comes to her career. So what went wrong at the end of her performance?

The stage setting was perfectly whimsical, the piano playing was lovely, and Taylor Swift sounded strong as she crooned out “Back to December” for the crowd at the CMA awards Nov. 10. All was well, until the applause came, and Taylor was seen looking shocked and mouthing the word “what?” before disappearing behind the curtain. What gives?

HollywoodLife.com loves to speculate on the behaviors of our favorite stars, so we would be irresponsible if we didn’t present our theories for Taylor’s odd behavior:

  • Saying “what?” was a shout-out to ex-boyfriend Taylor Lautner, because he has a habit of doing Lil’ Wayne impressions. “Back to December” is reportedly an apology song for the Twilight star.
  • Someone in her earpiece told her that she didn’t really sell a million albums last week. It was an elaborate prank dreamed up by scorned ex Joe Jonas.
  • A stagehand shouted “buttmunchsayswhat?” at her. And poor Taylor fell for the oldest trick in the book!
  • She wasn’t done performing. She had 12 more songs to sing and she was pissed to see the curtain falling. Someone will get fired over this.
  • The 20-year-old megastar was so shocked by the standing ovation she received after her performance, her instant reaction was a slack jaw, and the “what?” was a statement of disbelief.

One of these theories is true. Give up? Ok, it’s the last one. Swifty, 20, was momentarily stunned by the crowd getting out of their chairs for her! Her fiddler player, Caitlin Evanson, even tweeted this after the show: “Our girl’s reaction to the standing ovation was super priceless..’whaaaa?'”

Check out her performance below and feel free to write up your own theory in the comments!

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–Jenna Mullins, with additional thoughts by Kirstin Benson

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kaycee

Posted at 10:02 AM on March 12, 2011  

oh wow, i think some people need to grow up. i happen to think taylor is a good singer, and she writes the most beautiful songs. i know this comment is a bit delayed haha (as this was last year) but hey, better late than never =p is what i always say.

well anyway, keep it up Taylor, ignore the dumb people in this world.

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Riley

Posted at 8:39 PM on November 30, 2010  

It was realeased on the radio that a producer was talking bad about her performance, like really bad. And something happened with the ear piece where she could hear it. So yeah thats why

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jonas brothers forever

Posted at 4:47 PM on November 17, 2010  

this song is for joe jonas

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mistyrain

Posted at 11:26 AM on November 13, 2010  

All her songs have meaning, so for this one to be about the breakup with Taylor L isn’t surprising.
She will tell you that herself. She writes her songs based on her own life and relationships.

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mimi tholsted

Posted at 10:07 AM on November 13, 2010  

Why dont we ask her ???????

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daygirlie

Posted at 9:23 PM on November 11, 2010  

wow i saw these awards just to see her preform and it was amazing but i never understood her face at the end of her performance the first thing that popped into my head was that taylor lautner was back stage waiting for her! lol just wishful thinking and mindless dreaming oh well no taylor-squared:( yet

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Jay

Posted at 7:22 PM on November 18, 2010  

Amazing? The girl cannot sing! Off key constantly!

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bev

Posted at 1:24 AM on August 1, 2011  

Are you nuts and tonedeaf?
She’s awesome. Millions of people can’t be wrong, so phhht!

 
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Joel

Posted at 8:52 PM on November 11, 2010  

Funny, how writers like you give a meaning in every song she sings. Can’t you just accept that it’s just another song she happens to sing and perform without your side interpretations and assumptions? Act like a grown-up, not some love-struck adolescent.

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jkgg

Posted at 8:41 PM on November 11, 2010  

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Kay

Posted at 4:45 PM on November 11, 2010  

Her bff from seventh grade, who happens to be a gay guy, held up a sign asking her to marry him. The reaction fits perfectly!

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NewC

Posted at 4:17 PM on November 11, 2010  

Even a blind can see it (Just a cliche, don’t wanna be rude!): She whats to the the light technician!

Light suppose to dim down completely at the instant to perfect the performance. The what IS logical, thusly.

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Tom Harvard

Posted at 2:38 PM on November 11, 2010  

I don’t buy that. I think she was reacting to the curtain being dropped prematurely. It was a bum rush. The other performers got a more lingering finish with an audience shot which Taylor didn’t get,unless you count a tight shot of Dierks.

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gbtw

Posted at 3:36 PM on November 11, 2010  

agree. totally.

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floridagirl

Posted at 5:24 PM on December 31, 2010  

it was on youtube that she heard on her headphones which she wasn’t supposed to hear , someone say…ok she didn’t win anything, she can go home now…makes sense when you see the mad look on her face. also, another poster said she threw her arms up in the air and stomped off stage afterwards. they were sitting in seats up high and could see behind the curtains. why was the close up of Dirks about anyway? no one ever said/

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