taylor swift kennedy vma performance stage dive getty Video Music Awards 2012: Taylor Swift channels her inner Kennedy and employs an Eeyore furryTaylor Swift kicked off her cowboy boots and went into full Kennedy mode at the MTV VMAs on Thursday night, for her show-closing performance of “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.”

With her short shorts, nautical striped boatneck tee, and simple ponytail, she looked every bit America’s Sweetheart. It’s more than obvious that all those weekends frolicking with boyfriend Conor Kennedy in Hyannis Port have rubbed off on her.

We’re still not entirely sure what the deal is with the band members dressed as furries, though. Eeyore was definitely in there somewhere, and we may have also spotted Eeyore. The rest of her backup dancers (yes, Taylor Swift has backup dancers) were ripped from the pages of the J.Crew catalog.

Between the choreographed dance moves and the stage dive, we’re seeing a whole new side of Taylor — and it’s tailor-made for pop radio. Sticking with her “Red” theme, she rocked red lipstick and even clutched a red microphone after she stepped out of her fake recording studio set.

We could have done without MTV’s cheap cut to Taylor Lautner’s reaction shot (old news, MTV!) but otherwise, we couldn’t help but sing along to the upbeat performance. It was a welcome departure for Swift, and now we’re even more excited for her record to drop on October 22. We didn’t know that was possible.

Posted by:Carina MacKenzie