’90s kids have Friends and post-Y2k kids have Taylor Swift. These are two monolithic entities that help define their respective generations, and at her fifth and final concert at the Staples Center last night in Los Angeles, Swift continued her tour tradition of bringing unusual guest acts — most recently, Beck and St. Vincent — by inviting a very special guest to perform a very special song.
Swift said of the performer, “She’s only ever played in coffee houses before. She’s never played in a big venue like this,” referring to Lisa Kudrow’s character in Friends, Phoebe Buffay, who frequented a coffee shop called Central Perk. The two then sang a duet of the only song that would have made sense for them to perform, the immortal “Smelly Cat”, which you can watch above. Kudrow also made a dynamite Friends reference mid-song, interrupting Swift to tell her that she has to “really feel the lyrics,” much like she did to Chrissie Hynde all those years ago.
A bunch of other fun things went on at Swift’s concert last night. There’s no way she was going to stop with just one guest, so she also brought out Justin Timberlake and performed “Suit and Tie”, then Selena Gomez got her turn and they sang her new single, “Good For You”.
During her run at the Staples Center, Swift was also joined on stage by Ellen DeGeneres, Chris Rock, Mary J. Blige, John Legend, Alanis Morissette, the Dixie Chicks’ Natalie Maines, and Kobe Bryant, the latter of whom presented her with a banner in the rafters to commemorate her record-breaking 16 sold-out shows at the venue.