The significance of Taylor Swift at the Academy of Country Music Awards

Brenda Watkins
September 18, 2020

Swift last performed at the ACMs in 2013, when she shared the stage with Tim McGraw and Keith Urban for a performance of "Highway Don't Care".

Swift, 30, took to the stage to perform her hit "Betty", which served as the premiere performance of the song, but also the singer's return to the ACM Awards stage for the first time in seven years. Underwood appeared right after him remarking, "2020, man?" before adding, "I am more than happy to share this with Thomas Rhett".

A star-studded event that was meant to take place in Las Vegas in April, the ACM Awards were postponed and finally held last night and became the second awards show to take place during the pandemic.

Tay showed up at the party, and yes, we will have her, we want her.

"I think everyone here would be OK if I sent this one out to our road crew who is getting really hard", he said before thanking country radio. You guys have done everything for me.

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Maren is nominated for four awards tonight, including Female Artist of the Year and Album of the Year for her album GIRL.

Even without an audience, Carrie Underwood still managed to bring down the (virtual) house with her moving tribute to the women of country music.

Guyton performed her latest single "What Are You Going to Tell Her?" a heartbreaking ballad that touches on the racism, sexism, and homophobia in the industry at large.

"I can feel them all", Ramsey said. "I love you guys so much!"

This Wednesday, Swift still donned some sequins worthy of an appearance on the Billboard Music Awards or VMAs, but her acoustic, stool-seated, harmonica-embellished "Betty" on the bare Opry stage was an otherwise subdued affair, stripped of all the bells, whistles, backup dancers, and giant hydraulic rattlesnakes of her recent awards show performances and stadium tours. She arrived at the ACM Awards in a maroon turtleneck top.

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