Thursday, May 23, 2024

Taylor Swift Performing on the Academy of Country Music Awards, from Nashville, Live, Singing “Betty,” Her Maybe-Lesbian Song


OK, it’s all  big news.

Taylor Swift is returning to her country roots in a HUGE way. She’s going to perform on the Academy of Country Music Awards live from Nashville THIS WEDNESDAY September 16th.

She’s singing “Betty,” the maybe-lesbian song from “Folklore,” and the best song on the album, I think.

This ACM is historic because for the first time in the show’s history, the awards will take place in Nashville, broadcasting from three iconic Country Music venues: Grand Ole Opry House, Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium, and The Bluebird Cafe.

It’s unclear from which of these famous places Taylor will sing. My guess is the Grand Ole Opry House.

“Folklore” has sold 1.5 million copies and is the album of the year, frankly. This appearance should push it over the top, bringing Taylor back to the very fervent country music crowd. This will also be good for CBS.

Other performers on the show include Jimmie Allen, Kelsea Ballerini, Gabby Barrett, Kane Brown, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Luke Combs, Dan + Shay, Florida Georgia Line, Riley Green, Miranda Lambert, Tim McGraw, Maren Morris, Old Dominion and Thomas Rhett featuring Jon Pardi, Blake Shelton featuring Gwen Stefani, Tenille Townes, Carrie Underwood, Morgan Wallen, Trisha Yearwood.

Now follow this: the ACM Awards are produced by Dick Clark Productions, which also produces the pop American Music Awards in November. Last year, Taylor got a Lifetime Achievement Award from the AMAs and sang a medley of old hits. She held the new songs from “Lover” for the Grammys, but was snubbed by them and didn’t make an appearance. Also, her “Cats” Oscar aspirations went up in smoke. So now “Folklore” is a monster and there will be a lot of jockeying for her. Get ready for some fun negotiating!

Meantime: here’s “Betty,” which will be a single, and be Taylor’s biggest hit yet.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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