Taylor Swift plays action heroine in her Bad Blood music video

Singer Taylor Swift (third from left) with the stars who appeared in her new music video Bad Blood - (from left) Zendaya, Martha Hunt, Lily Aldridge, Hailee Steinfeld and Ellen Pompeo - at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas on May 17. -- PH
Singer Taylor Swift (third from left) with the stars who appeared in her new music video Bad Blood - (from left) Zendaya, Martha Hunt, Lily Aldridge, Hailee Steinfeld and Ellen Pompeo - at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas on May 17. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

Singer and pop idol Taylor Swift's latest video is a mashup of influences, from Quentin Tarantino's steely heroines to graphic novelist Frank Miller's Sin City to Tom Twyker's Run, Lola, Run. 

The highly-anticipated video, which trended on social media even before its release, features a star-studded lineup of Tay Tay's friends, including actress Lena Dunham, hip hop artist Kendrick Lamar, Oscar nominee Hailee Steinfeld, as well as models Lily Aldridge and Gigi Hadid. 

With high adrenaline fist fights, sci-fi style sets and CGI explosions, this definitely qualifies as the pop princess' most elaborate MV to date. 

Check out the action-packed video. 

The video premiered at the Billboard Music Awards and the song is the fourth single from her album 1989, which was by far the top-selling solo album last year.

The single features Lamar, one of the most acclaimed rappers of the moment, in a hip-hop duet - a once unthinkable step for Swift, 25, who started off in country music before shifting to pop.

The song - whose chorus runs, "Baby, now we've got bad blood / You know it used to be mad love" - is about Swift's feud with another pop star, widely speculated to be Katy Perry.

After premiering the video, Swift opened the televised awards in Las Vegas on Sunday by introducing rock veterans Van Halen, who performed their hard-charging 1984 hit Panama. She later accepted an award and embraced Scottish DJ Calvin Harris, who was sitting beside her, in images certain to reinforce gossip that the two are dating.

The Billboard Music Awards, run by the music trade magazine, recognise chart performance unlike the more prestigious Grammys which are based on voting within the industry.

Sam Smith, the British soul singer who was the big winner at the latest Grammys, missed the Billboard Awards as he underwent surgery on Thursday to repair a vocal cord problem.

Smith, who has cancelled weeks of shows, accepted a Billboard Award for top male artist through a video message. He silently held handwritten signs that included: "Can't wait to get this surgery out of the way so I can sing my ass off for you again."

The British boy band One Direction won for best duo or group less than two months after Zayn Malik departed.

"There's one more person to share this with, and that's our brother Zayn," Liam Payne said as he took the stage with his three fellow remaining bandmates.

The gracious display came after open acrimony between Malik and his former bandmate Louis Tomlinson.

Tomlinson had criticised Malik's producer Naughty Boy after Malik released solo work soon after the split. Malik then quipped over Twitter to Tomlinson: "Remember when you had a life and stopped making bitchy comments about mine?" 

With input from AFP