Taylor Swift Returns to Her Country Roots With "Betty" Performance at 2020 ACM Awards

Taylor Swift took to the 2020 ACM Awards stage on Wednesday, Sept. 16 to perform a low-key rendition of her song "Betty" from her new album folklore.

By Vannessa Jackson Sep 17, 2020 2:05 AMTags
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Throw on your cardigan and settle in for this spectacular performance.

It's not a typical award show by any means, but luckily, Taylor Swift is anything but typical. Swift took to the stage at the 2020 ACM Awards on Wednesday, Sept. 16 for the first time in 7 years, and it was like she never left.

The folklore artist turned up the country flavor for her highly-anticipated performance of "Betty."

The singer gave it her all while performing her song, and fans got to see her return to her country roots. Taylor's acoustic performance was the perfect debut for her sentimental song about teenage romance.

Additionally, E! News has learned Taylor did her own hair, make-up and styling. She chose to wear a red body-con, high-waisted khakis and kitten heels, all of which came from Stella McCartney.

Swift previously revealed on country radio that she wrote the song from "the perspective of a 17-year-old boy."

Folklore is Swift's eight studio album, and came as a surprise when she dropped it in late July.

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Since the album's release, "Betty" has become one of the most talked about tracks on the album, with Swifties speculating that it revealed Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds' third child's name. While Swift didn't confirm or deny the rumors, she did say her friends' children helped inspire the song. 

Swift confirmed, "I named all the characters in this story after my friends' kids." As for the entire album, she kept it under wraps from pretty much everyone until it was time to announce it to the world.

"No one knew I was making an album," Swift previously shared during an online Q&A with fans. "I didn't even tell my friends until right before announce [sic]. It was my own secret world I'd go to & I've never made music like that before."

Before officially transitioning to pop music, T. Swift was a mainstay at the ACM Awards. She's a nine-time ACM Award winner, and took home Entertainer of the Year in 2011 and 2012. 

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As for tonight's ACM extravaganza, you can check out the complete list of winners—updating in real time—right here.