After a prolonged hiatus (three years, to be exact), Taylor Swift is back in the limelight thanks to the long-awaited release of聽her sixth studio album,聽Reputation.聽With just one performance in all of 2016,聽the pop star鈥檚聽musical appearance聽on聽Saturday Night Live聽was HIGHLY anticipated, to say the least, and the 27-year-old did not disappoint, putting on a killer show that packed a serious punch, right down to her聽microphone.

Dressed in a black shorts and sweatshirt combo, the songstress looked plenty聽cool, but it was her shiny gold vocal accessory that聽stood out. Instead of a classic black or silver mic, Swift held a hugely聽bedazzled gold snake piece that seemed to slither up her hand throughout the entirety of her 鈥溾 Ready for It?鈥 act.

The snake has become a聽symbolic theme of聽the Grammy-winner鈥檚 album: Not only did she kick off early promotion for聽her latest release in the form of a slithering snake graphic聽(which most fans agree referenced the snake聽emoji-filled shade Kim Kardashian West threw her way following their infamous feud), but she later interwove the creature into her 鈥淟ook What You Made Me Do鈥 video聽with a room full of the hissing reptiles, plenty of snake-themed jewelry, and even a snake serving tea (!!).

This latest snake sighting had fans聽in a tizzy, with one Swifty going as far as to call her queen 鈥渟traight savage.鈥

And it didn鈥檛 end there! When the pop starlet returned for her second performance during the 90-minute episode, she traded in her backup dancers for a guitar and the snake mic for one emblazoned with her album lyrics. Still, as she belted out a powerful acoustic version of 鈥淐all It What You Want,鈥 fans couldn鈥檛 help but notice that serpents were still center stage, thanks to the Gucci sweater she donned featuring 鈥 you guessed it! 鈥 a giant snake.

It looks like 2017 just became the year of the snake, Chinese zodiac be darned!

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