Anyone Else Getting Emotional About Taylor Swift's Return to the ACM Awards?

Lawrence Kim
September 20, 2020

Taylor Swift performed "Betty" at the Academy of Country Music Awards 2020 and fans think she hid a secret message for her LGBT+ fans.

Taylor Swift has so effectively reinvented herself as a pop superstar over the past seven years that when she surprise-released her Americana-leaning Folklore album this past July, it nearly seemed like a radical departure, rather than a return to her country roots.

Kelsea's performance at the event came from an empty Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, with the ceremony looking vastly different this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

When the suite was released, as part of Swift's surprise eighth album, Folklore, fans interpreted the entanglement as a queer one.

Swift's appearance at the three-hour show was significant: Some gatekeepers in Nashville do not look upon performers fondly if they decide to experiment with other genres - or, like Swift, leave it altogether with a very direct announcement that she was going pop.

The 2020 ACM Awards took place in Music City for the first time ever. I'm never content, which I probably should get better at, but I'm always wanting to grow.

While the country stars up for the evening's top prize all received online praise, viewers went wild for Underwood's iconic song choice and show-stopping vocals.

"Somebody once told me that you truly see who a person is when you tell them something they don't want to hear", Swift said in an acceptance speech at the 2015 ACM Awards.

"This is so weird talking to no one, but I have so many people to thank".

The performance had Swift returning to her roots by performing alone on a stool with an acoustic guitar, accompanied only by a harmonica player. She performed the recognizable track Highway Don't Care, with country music legends such as Keith Urban and Tim McGraw.

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