The singer took the stage Sunday in Rio de Janeiro, after postponing Saturday night’s show due to the tragedy. The fan, Ana Clara Benevides, 23, fainted in the front row at Swift’s Friday-night show, due to the extreme heat. Benevides was given CPR by doctors at the scene but could not be revived, and was declared dead at a local hospital.
On Sunday, Swift expressed gratitude to all the concertgoers for braving the record-breaking temperatures to see her show.
In Benevides’s honor, Swift then sang “Bigger Than the Whole Sky,” a bonus track from her 2022 album Midnights about grief and heartache, as the show’s second surprise song.
“Goodbye, goodbye, goodbye / You were bigger than the whole sky / You were more than just a short time,” Swift sang as tears visibly rolled down her face. “I’m never gonna meet / What could’ve been, would’ve been / What should’ve been you / What could’ve been, would’ve been you.”
Also on Sunday, the 12-time Grammy winner accepted 10 awards virtually for the 2023 Billboard Music Awards: Top Artist, Top Female Artist, Top Billboard 200 Artist, Top Hot 100 Songwriter, Top Radio Songs Artist, Top Song Sales Artist, Top Billboard Global 200 Artist, Top Billboard Global Excl. U.S. Artist, Top Country Female Artist, and Top-Selling Song for “Anti-Hero.”
“Well, this is unreal. This is—the fact that you guys have given me ten Billboard Awards—I’m talking to the fans specifically—none of this happens without you,” Swift, who had the most nominations of the night, with 20, said in a video message. “[Billboard bases] everything off of what you are listening to, and what you’re passionate about, and I’m so honored that this year you made the tour, the Eras Tour, so magical.”
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