Taylor Swift makes surprise appearance at Stonewall Inn, performs 'Shake it Off'

The pop star thrilled the crowd as she performed “Shake it Off."

June 15, 2019, 5:59 AM

Pop superstar Taylor Swift shocked audience members at Manhattan's iconic LGBTQ bar The Stonewall Inn with a surprise concert on Friday night.

Swift, a 10-time Grammy winner, thrilled the crowd as she performed an acoustic version of her hit “Shake it Off.”

"Modern Family" star Jesse Tyler Ferguson, who was the headliner for a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, joined Swift on stage for a duet.

The invitation-only event was co-hosted by Diva Jackie Dupree and included billed performances by Sara Bareilles, Gavin Creel, Lea DeLaria, VINCINT and more.

PHOTO: Jesse Tyler Ferguson (L) and Taylor Swift perform at AEG and Stonewall Inns pride celebration commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising.
Jesse Tyler Ferguson (L) and Taylor Swift perform at AEG and Stonewall Inns pride celebration commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising. AEG has pledged its support to SIGBIs development of an LGBTQ+ anti-bias training standard.
Craig Barritt/Getty Images for AEG

AEG, the entertainment company that represents Swift, presented the show and a check for $50,000 to the Stonewall Inn's charity initiative.

The Stonewall Uprising, in 1969, is credited as a catalyst for the gay rights movement when the New York Police Department busted into the establishment and tried to arrest anyone who was cross-dressing -- which was illegal at the time -- and seize alcohol at the unlicensed bar.

This is not the first time Swift stunned the LGBTQ community. In April, she donated $113,000 to the Tennessee Equality Project, an LGBT advocacy group in the singer's home state.

Justin Mikita, Taylor Swift, and Jesse Tyler Ferguson attend AEG and Stonewall Inns pride celebration commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising.
Justin Mikita, Taylor Swift, and Jesse Tyler Ferguson attend AEG and Stonewall Inns pride celebration commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising. AEG has pledged its support to SIGBIs development of an LGBTQ+ anti-bias training standard.
Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for AEG

T.E.P.'s executive director, Chris Sanders, said in a statement at the time that the organization was "honored and grateful" for her gift, adding, "Taylor Swift has been a long-time ally to the LGBTQ community."

She also specifically endorsed Democrat Phil Bredesen in Tennessee's Senate race last year because of Republican Marsha Blackburn's lack of support for gay rights. Blackburn, however, went on to win the seat.

The pop star recently dropped a new song, “You Need to Calm Down,” from her upcoming album, "Lover."

The video for the new single will debut on ABC’s "Good Morning America” on Monday.

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