Taylor Swift is continuing to embrace her country roots, announcing that she’ll perform at the 2020 Academy of Country Music Awards this week.
The singer-songwriter is set to perform ‘Betty’ from her 2020 album folklore, a record with a more indie and country feel than anything she’s released over the past half-decade or more.
The track has been hailed as a hark back to the sound she emerged with prior to her 1989 record, which marked a significant pivot into pop music.
Swift will perform at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, one of three venues where the ACMs will be broadcast from.
As Variety reports, she made the announcement on her Instagram story, writing “Bout to show up art your party @acmawards”.
The last time she performed at the ACMs was in 2013 when she sang ‘Red’ with Vince Gill and Alison Krauss. That same year she sung as a guest on Tim McGraw’s ‘Highway Don’t Care’ with Aussie Keith Urban.
She has a pretty great record at the awards to date, having taken out nine previous ACM awards including the 50th Anniversary Milestone Award in 2015.
Other performers confirmed for the 55th Annual ACM Awards are Kelsea Ballerini, Gabby Barrett, Kane Brown, Florida Georgia Line, Carrie Underwood and more.
Speaking about ‘Betty’ on US country radio, she revealed it was written from “the perspective of a 17-year-old boy” who lost the love of his life.
“I’ve always loved that in music you can kind of slip into different identities, and you can sing from other people’s perspectives,” she shared at the time. “So that’s what I did on this one.”
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The lead single of Swift’s new album, ‘cardigan’, has been making waves on country radio in Australia since its release.
Last week the single became her first track to top the Aussie country airplay chart since 2008 release ‘Love Story’.