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With guest-filled tour, Swift's star power shines brighter

Taylor Swift performs during the "1989" world tour Aug. 22 at Staples Center in Los Angeles. Swift will perform Oct. 31 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. ASSOCIATED PRESS FILE
Taylor Swift performs during the "1989" world tour Aug. 22 at Staples Center in Los Angeles. Swift will perform Oct. 31 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. ASSOCIATED PRESS FILE Matt Sayles/Invision/AP
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You could call Taylor Swift baby Oprah, and the stage is her version of Winfrey's couch.

Easily the most important pop star of today, now Swift's star power has reached even greater heights and stretched outside of music, thanks to her uber successful, star-studded 1989 World Tour.

In typical Swift fashion, she has invited fellow radio-friendly singers to join her onstage, including Nick Jonas, Jason Derulo, John Legend and close gal pals Selena Gomez and Lorde. But Swift, 25, has also shared her stage with iconic folk singer Joan Baez and breakthrough acts like The Weeknd and Fetty Wap, who sang his hit "Trap Queen," a contemporary love song about cooking cocaine -- among other things -- with your lover.

And then there were the tour's unorthodox moments: Ellen DeGeneres appeared onstage, Lisa Kudrow sang the memorable "Smelly Cat" from "Friends" at one show, and Kudrow's former co-star, Matt LeBlanc, hit the stage at a show with Chris Rock. Julia Roberts even walked the stage like a runway as Swift performed her hit "Style."

The pop star also invited athletes to join in on the fun, from Kobe Bryant to Serena Williams to the U.S. women's soccer team, just days after they won the World Cup. And the models she calls her friends, from Gigi Hadid and Karlie Kloss.

"Interviewers always ask me how we 'get' these people to come to the shows to walk, and the truth is that everyone who has walked the catwalk at one of the shows was already there just to see the show. Usually I ask them in my pre-show meet-and-greet if they want to come out onstage, then I'll explain to them how the stage/elevator lift works and we just wing it," Swift said in an email to The Associated Press.

Many of her surprise guests have children who are die-hard Swifties.

"Joan Baez and Julia Roberts were both at my show in Santa Clara, and they were in my meet-and-greet room together. Julia is such a huge Joan fan and they were really hitting it off. I asked them if they wanted to walk out onstage together and Julia's kids exploded into 'PLEASE!!' So that's how that happened."

Other guests on the 1989 World Tour, which kicked off in Tokyo in May, have included Justin Timberlake, Alanis Morissette, Natalie Maines of the Dixie Chicks, Sam Hunt, Wiz Khalifa and Beck.

"A lot of stars you can see maybe not wanting to kind of share the spotlight and not wanting to necessarily have other people up there with her, but Taylor's thrilled to do that," said Josh Duboff, who interviewed Swift for the cover of Vanity Fair's September issue.

"She's kind of excited to share the stage, which I think is kind of unique right now."

"I think it's amazing that she has an attitude that she can bring all these new artists who some I think are her competition," said Nicholas Petricca, the Walk the Moon lead singer who performed his band's massive hit "Shut up and Dance" with Swift on her tour.

"Like, if they succeed, she succeeds. We all succeed together," he said.

Details: Taylor Swift's 1989 World Tour, 7 p.m. Oct. 31, Raymond James Stadium, 4210 N. Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. Tickets: $65 and up. Information: ticketmaster.com.

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