Taylor Swift made her return to the Academy of Country Music Awards for the first time in seven years.
During Wednesday night’s 55th Academy of Country Music Awards, Swift made the debut performance of her song “Betty.” In the performance, Swift kept things simple as she played her guitar as a harmonica player joined her onstage at a safe distance. Swift performed at Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry House.
Though the performance marks her return to the ACM’s after transitioning to the pop genre, the singer has continued to make achievements in the world of country music. Swift penned Little Big Town’s hit song “Better Man” in 2016. She also appeared on Sugarland’s 2018 single “Babe.” “Betty” also ranked on the top 10 of Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart.
Folklore marks Swift’s first since her recent album Lover released in Aug. 2019. Of the 16-track album, Swift revealed that she created it while in quarantine amid the pandemic.
The singer’s eighth album sold over 1.3 million copies globally in 24 hours, according to Republic Records. It was streamed on Spotify over 80.6 million times, breaking the record for first-day album streams by a female artist. Folklore was also the most-streamed pop album on Apple Music on its first day of release, with 35.47 million streams.
The ACM’s aired live Wednesday on CBS with Keith Urban hosting. The show honored the best in country music, with Maren Morris, Thomas Rhett and Old Dominion leading the nominations artists with five noms each.
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