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A deeper look at VMA Video of the Year nominee: "I Knew You Were Trouble"

A native of the storied coastal city of Charleston, South Carolina, Julie Sprankles has been a lover of words her entire life. As a Southerner, she certainly has what her mama calls “the gift of gab.” When she’s not writing, Julie can be...

Can Taylor Swift take it home?

Taylor Swift is no stranger to VMAs... she's been nominated for one every year from 2008 to 2011, and she won Best Female Video in 2009. Can she pull a coup with this year's heavy-hitters? We take a closer look.

Taylor Swift in "I Knew You Were Trouble"

Right from the start, this video has one major advantage over the other competitors — girls everywhere can totally relate to Swift's plight. She starts with a monologue set against, as she calls it, the "kaleidoscope of memories" that floods back after a breakup — even though "he never does."

Girl, we have so been there.

When sweet moments like this flash across the screen at the start of Swift's epic music video for "I Knew You Were Trouble," it's impossible not to commiserate with the internal struggle that comes from remembering brief, shiny moments in an otherwise dark and stormy relationship.

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Taylor Swift "I Knew You Were Trouble" GIF

Of course, as much as we women relate to waxing poetic about past relationships, there's something that rings even more universal: moving on. The reality of a bad relationship dawns on Swift slowly...

Taylor Swift "I Knew You Were Trouble" GIF

... but surely.

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And, truth be told, we like that Taylor wasn't afraid to look a little rough around the edges. Young girls today are so afraid of being their authentic selves for fear they won't be pretty enough or cool enough. T. Swift shows that when you've got angst, you've just got to let it out — that kind of fearless abandon with your feelings is beautiful!

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Taylor Swift "I Knew Your Were Trouble" GIF

Another reason this video is in hot contention for the Video of the Year Moonman? It's a virtual feast of imagery. Everything from the wardrobe choices to the setting boasts such a chic rocker vibe — it's both gritty and pretty. Swift creates the kind of world conceivable enough for the real girl, yet just glamorous enough to make us wonder if we could pull it off.

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Taylor Swift "I Knew You Were Trouble"

The bottom line here is that this country cutie isn't a one-trick pony. She is constantly pushing the boundaries of country music and venturing into other genres, and "I Knew You Were Trouble" shows off a new side of Swift.

Watch "I Knew You Were Trouble"

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