On Wednesday night, Taylor Swift returned to the Academy of Country Music Awards stage for the first time in seven years for the live debut of her folklore cut “Betty”, which the pop star has aired on country radio.
We have you, and we want you, @ Taylorswift13! It’s great to have Taylor back on the #ACMawards stage. Tune in to CBS now to watch the show! pic.twitter.com/unchgiiYzAV
– ACM Awards (ACMawards) September 17, 2020
Swift’s performance found a sequined turtleneck singer and songwriter sitting in front of khaki pants and global stagelights. It was a duly deprived performance just for the sweet love song with her guitar and a harmonica player, and even after nearly a decade had passed to give Nashville a pop, Swift returned to her country music mode in comfort. There was a notable edit, however: in the album version of “Betty” she sang, “If I only attended your party … would you ask me to fuck myself?” In ACMs, he changes it to, “Tell me to go straight to hell.”
The two-time ACM Entertainer of the Year winner served at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, where Keith Urban hosted ACMs and artists such as Ken Brown, Luke Bryan, Eric Church and Morgan Wallen came on stage.
For the first time in the show’s 55-year history, ACMs are being held in Nashville due to the coronavirus epidemic, with performers performing pre-unseen parts from Opry House, Bluebird Cafe and Ryan Auditorium.