Taylor Swift had a memorable night at the 2023 VMAs on Tuesday, taking home nine Moon Person awards and losing one very pricey ring.
The pop artist, who wore one of the night’s lovely outfits, accessorised with over $160,000 in jewellery, including a classic Van Cleef & Arpels ring from Joseph Saidian & Sons that cost $12,000.
Swift was seen showing a lost diamond detail to a staff member while seated in the crowd, indicating that the ring had suffered some damage during the event.
A popular social media video showed the moment the ‘Midnights’ singer made a dismayed look and pointed to her left-hand index finger, where the ring was noticeably not to be found or missing.
Watch the video below:
It is unknown whether the priceless jewel was ever discovered, but Swift did not wear the ring when she accepted the Video of the Year award at the end of the ceremony, nor did she wear it later that night to an afterparty.
The 33-year-old singer is not the first celebrity to have a piece of jewellery fall off while singing at a major awards event; in 2018, Ariana Grande’s $169,000 diamond necklace slipped off when she was performing at the Billboard Music Awards.
“This is the first time a piece has broken while a celebrity was wearing it,” the rep quoted to Page Six Style at the time, adding, “Luckily, the piece didn’t slide off the stage! It was found on the side of the stage in a far corner, to everyone’s relief.”
Swift made history by winning her fourth Video of the Year award at the 2023 MTV Video Music Awards, a record-breaking achievement.
Rema and Selena Gomez also made history when they won the first Afrobeats award for their chart-topping single, ‘Calm Down.’
The ‘RED’ singer’s reign was extended when she won Song of the Year for her song “Anti-Hero.” Nicki Minaj was named Best Hip-Hop Artist for her smash track ‘Super Freaky Girl.’
Shakira received the prestigious Video Vanguard Award and captivated the audience with a mesmerising bilingual mix of her best hits from the past four decades.