There was always a chance that the feud between Katy Perry and Taylor Swift could turn explosive at the 2017 VMAs. Their relationship has been the focus of many headlines and seemingly inspired some of their biggest hits. VMAs viewers knew there was a chance something would happen between Katy Perry and Taylor Swift at the VMAs, but those looking for beef or a reconciliation were probably disappointed because the feud continued it pretty much the same old way.
Swift's hit single "Look What You Made Me Do" has caused a major stir, speaking out against an unnamed enemy that is almost certainly Kim Kardashian and Kanye West — especially after seeing the video for the song that premiered during the VMAs. Perry hosted the show and fans speculated that she may be forced to introduce the video from the woman who may have written "Bad Blood" about her. Feuds have blown up at the VMAs in the past — Nicki Minaj and Miley Cyrus had an especially intense moment at the 2015 ceremony — and watching Swift and Perry openly address their feud would have been a huge moment for the two of them.
When the time came for Swift's video debut, the entire thing happened with no explicit mention of the feud between Perry and Swift.
While the video for "Look What You Made Me Do" featured possible shots at Perry, Kimye, and ever her former self, there was no major Perry versus Swift moment as Swift herself was not at the show. Some fans on Twitter did point out that the video did seem to take shots at Perry, including Swift holding a Grammy and looking similar to the singer in one scene.
Perry closed the show with her own song that is thought to be about Swift, "Swish Swish," which was another not totally explicit way the feud made its way to the VMAs stage.
The VMAs could have been a major moment for either Swift or Perry to call the other out to one another's face or to finally publicly make up, but in the end, the music still did the talking.