Taylor Swift is to perform “Betty,” the track from her folklore album that has brought back to country radio playlists, at the ACM (Academy of Country Music) Awards show on Wednesday (16).
As she sings the acoustic guitar and harmonica-based number at the Grand Old Opry, it will be the first time that the global superstar has performed on a country awards show for seven years. Swift wrote on Instagram yesterday (Sunday): “Bout to show up at your party @acmawards,” as a promotional spot for the show aired on CBS during an NFL broadcast.
The ACMs, hosted by Keith Urban, will air across the US on CBS at 8pm ET/PT and 7pm CT on Wednesday. It will be the first time that the show has originated from Nashville, where the Opry will be one of three hubs for the broadcast along with the Ryman Auditorium and the Bluebird Café.
Other artists performing on the Opry stage will include Morgan Wallen, Kane Brown, Florida Georgia Line, Mickey Guyton, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, and Dan + Shay. The Ryman will host such acts as Kelsea Ballerini, Maren Morris, Old Dominion, and Thomas Rhett featuring Jon Pardi and Tenille Townes. Over at the Bluebird, Tim McGraw, Jimmie Allen, Luke Combs will all sing, as will Miranda Lambert with guest appearances from songwriters Natalie Hemby and Luke Dick.
“Betty” takes Taylor back
“Betty” was the first Swift song to be promoted to country radio for many years, and has given her a new presence in the genre in which she emerged. The song has been a Top 30 hit on Billboard‘s Hot Country Songs chart and last week moved into the Top 40 of the Country Airplay register.
Swift last appeared on the ACM show as a guest of McGraw, along with Urban, on McGraw’s “Highway Don’t Care” in 2013. The same year, she performed her release of the time, “Red,” with Vince Gill and Alison Krauss on the CMA Awards. She has appeared in non-performing roles since, notably to receive the Milestone Award from the ACMs in 2015 and the Entertainer of the Year trophy at the CMAs in 2016.
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