Taylor Swift to Perform at a Country Awards Show For the First Time in Seven Years

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Taylor Swift is returning to country music at least to perform “Betty” from her most recent album, Folklore, at the Academy of Country Music Awards on Wednesday. This will mark her first time performing at a country awards show in seven years.

She will perform from the stage of the Grand Ole Opry House, which is one of the three iconic Nashville venues being used as a home base for the ACMs this year.

The singer made the announcement on her social media accounts as well as a promotional spot that appeared on CBS during an NFL broadcast Sunday. “Bout to show up at your party @acmawards,” Swift wrote on her Instagram Story.

Swift last performed at the ACMs in 2013 as a guest star on Tim McGraw’s rendition of “Highway Don’t Care” with Kieth Urban and that same year she sang “Red” with Vince Gill and Alison Krauss at the CMAs.

Her 1989 album marked her shift to pop music and since the album’s release in 2014, none of Swift’s music has been pushed to country radio until “Betty’s” release this year.

Swift has returned to country shows as a presenter or winner in singular appearances over the years and in 2015, she received the Milestone Award at the ACMs and in 2016, she presented the entertainer of the year award at the CMAs. Over the years, Swift has received nine ACM awards with two of them being entertainer of the year.

The ACM Awards will be broadcast on CBS on Wednesday and it will be hosted by Keith Urban. Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris, Carrie Underwood, Luke Combs, Luke Bryan, Kelsea Ballerini are also set to perform.