Taylor Swift had more important things to do than the VMAs -- like jury duty.
Swifty hung back to serve on a possible Tennessee jury ... and in the process avoided a possible awkward run-in with Kanye West.
We're told she's one of 30 potential jurors for a criminal case. Jury selection started Monday morning, and she hasn't been selected. Yet. Word is most people in the pool were suddenly excited about having to serve.
Jury duty ... Taylor makes it look fun.