Kobe Bryant unveils banner to celebrate Taylor Swift’s 16 sold out Staples Center shows

Swift now has the most ever sold out performances at Staples Center LA

Friday night saw LA Lakers’ Kobe Bryant join Taylor Swift on stage at his basketball team’s home ground, Staples Center.

Bryant, who once had a short-lived record deal with Sony, was there not to perform, but to unveil a banner celebrating the singer’s 16 sold out shows, the most ever by an artist at the venue.

Swift has so far been joined on her 1989 World Tour by celebrities including Matt LeBlanc, Julia Roberts, Joan Baez, Lorde, The Weeknd, Fetty Wapp and Cara Delevingne. Her stint at Staples Center ends 26 August.

Swift’s album ‘1989’ is currently being covered in full by Ryan Adams. Ever since he announced the project two weeks ago he has been posting snippets on social media.

Upon hearing about the record, Swift expressed her excitement, saying that she would “pass out” and later adding: “not gonna be able to sleep tonight or ever again and I’m going to celebrate today every year as a holiday”. Now in a statement released to Entertainment Weekly, she reaffirmed that enthusiasm, saying the expects the record to be “something really special”.

“Ryan Adams is one of the artists who shaped my songwriting,” wrote Swift tells the magazine. “My favorite part of his style of creating music is his ability to bleed aching vulnerability into it, and that’s what he’s done with his cover project of my album 1989.”

Listen to a clip of his ‘Blank Space’ cover below: