Taylor Swift sparkles in crimson sequined turtleneck to perform at Grand Ole Opry for ACM Awards

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Taylor Swift sparkles in crimson sequined turtleneck on red carpet of ACM Awards… ahead of first performance at a country awards show in seven years

Taylor Swift has come a long way in her career, since taking the country music world by storm more than a decade ago.

But the 10-time Grammy winner has recently returned to her roots, where she was met with open arms. 

She sparkled Wednesday in a crimson sequined turtleneck, as she arrived at the historic Grand Ole Opry in Nashville to perform at the 55th Academy of Country Music Awards.

Lady in red: Taylor Swift sparkled Wednesday in a crimson sequined turtleneck, as she arrived at the historic Grand Ole Opry in Nashville to perform at the 55th Academy of Country Music Awards

Lady in red: Taylor Swift sparkled Wednesday in a crimson sequined turtleneck, as she arrived at the historic Grand Ole Opry in Nashville to perform at the 55th Academy of Country Music Awards

The 30-year-old tucked the top into a pair of high-waisted khaki trousers, which were lined in pink stitching.

She finished the ensemble with a pair of black strappy kitten heels, featuring a gold chain around the ankle.   

Taylor later performed the single Betty from her recent eighth studio album Folklore, her first performance at a country music awards show in seven years.

She took to the dark, bare stage for a stripped-down, backlit performance of the popular track.

Touch of pink: The 30-year-old tucked the top into a pair of high-waisted khaki trousers, which were lined in pink stitching

Touch of pink: The 30-year-old tucked the top into a pair of high-waisted khaki trousers, which were lined in pink stitching

Hell on heels: She finished the ensemble with a pair of black strappy kitten heels, featuring a gold chain around the ankle

Hell on heels: She finished the ensemble with a pair of black strappy kitten heels, featuring a gold chain around the ankle

Country comeback: Taylor later took to the stage at the historic venue, her first performance at a country music awards show in seven years

Country comeback: Taylor later took to the stage at the historic venue, her first performance at a country music awards show in seven years

The Teardrops On My Guitar artist sat on a stool, playing a black acoustic guitar, while serenading the empty room.

Taylor’s latest album surprise dropped in July, and it’s spent six weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart.

She last performed at the ACM Awards with Tim McGraw and Keith Urban in 2013, before officially making her transition to pop the next year with her fifth album 1989.

New music: She performed the single Betty from her recent eighth studio album Folklore, which has spent six weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart

New music: She performed the single Betty from her recent eighth studio album Folklore, which has spent six weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart

Overdue reunion: She last performed at the ACM Awards with Tim McGraw and Keith Urban in 2013, before officially making her transition to pop the next year with her fifth album 1989 (pictured in April, 2013)

Overdue reunion: She last performed at the ACM Awards with Tim McGraw and Keith Urban in 2013, before officially making her transition to pop the next year with her fifth album 1989 (pictured in April, 2013)

The Lover artist teased the performance earlier this month on her Instagram Story, writing: ‘Bout to show up at your party @acmawards’

Although she’s not nominated this year, she ended up in last year’s Video of the Year category, after appearing on Sugarland’s track Babe. 

After a five month delay, amid the global COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s show was moved from Las Vegas to Nashville for the first time, with no live audience.

Performers like Taylor hit the stage at three iconic locations for country music, including Grand Ole Opry, Ryman Auditorium and the Bluebird Cafe. 

2020 ACM Awards Winners

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR

Luke Bryan

Eric Church

Luke Combs

Thomas Rhett – TIE – WINNER

Carrie Underwood – TIE – WINNER

Golden girl: Carrie Underwood took the top honor along with Thomas Rhett in a historic tie for Entertainer of the Year

Golden girl: Carrie Underwood took the top honor along with Thomas Rhett in a historic tie for Entertainer of the Year

 

FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Kelsea Ballerini

Miranda Lambert

Maren Morris – WINNER

Kacey Musgraves

Carrie Underwood

Wow factor: Maren Morris earned Female Artist of the Year

Wow factor: Maren Morris earned Female Artist of the Year

 

MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Dierks Bentley

Luke Combs – WINNER

Thomas Rhett

Chris Stapleton

Keith Urban

 

DUO OF THE YEAR

Brooks & Dunn

Brothers Osborne

Dan + Shay – WINNER

Florida Georgia Line

Maddie & Tae

 

GROUP OF THE YEAR

Lady Antebellum

Little Big Town

Midland

Old Dominion – WINNER

The Highwomen

Squad goals: Old Dominion were a big winner as they earned Group of the Year

Squad goals: Old Dominion were a big winner as they earned Group of the Year

 

NEW FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Ingrid Andress

Gabby Barrett

Lindsay Ell

Caylee Hammack

Tenille Townes – WINNER

 

NEW MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Jordan Davis

Russell Dickerson

Riley Green – WINNER

Cody Johnson

Morgan Wallen 

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Center Point Road – Thomas Rhett

GIRL – Maren Morris

Heartache Medication – Jon Pardi

What You See Is What You Get – Luke Combs – WINNER

Wildcard – Miranda Lambert

Double fisting: Luke Combs won Album Of The Year and Male Artist of the Year

Double fisting: Luke Combs won Album Of The Year and Male Artist of the Year

 

SINGLE OF THE YEAR

“God’s Country” – Blake Shelton – WINNER

“One Man Band” – Old Dominion

“Rainbow” – Kacey Musgraves

“Rumor” – Lee Brice

“What If I Never Get Over You” – Lady Antebellum

 

SONG OF THE YEAR

“10,000 Hours” – Dan + Shay feat. Justin Bieber

“Girl Goin’ Nowhere” – Ashley McBryde

“God’s Country” – Blake Shelton

“One Man Band” – Old Dominion – WINNER

“Some of It” – Eric Church

 

VIDEO OF THE YEAR

“10,000 Hours” – Dan + Shay feat. Justin Bieber

“God’s Country” – Blake Shelton

“One Man Band” – Old Dominion

“Remember You Young” – Thomas Rhett – WINNER

“Sugar Coat” – Little Big Town

Sweet: Thomas Rhett not only took home Entertainer of the Year but also earned Video of the Year

Sweet: Thomas Rhett not only took home Entertainer of the Year but also earned Video of the Year

 

SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR

Ashley Gorley

Michael Hardy

Hillary Lindsey – WINNER

Shane McAnally

Josh Osborne

 

MUSIC EVENT OF THE YEAR

“10,000 Hours” – Dan + Shay feat. Justin Bieber

“Dive Bar” – Garth Brooks feat. Blake Shelton

“Fooled Around and Fell in Love” – Miranda Lambert feat. Maren Morris, Ashley McBryde, Tenille Townes, Caylee Hammack & Elle King – WINNER

“Old Town Road” – Lil Nas X feat. Billy Ray Cyrus

“What Happens in a Small Town” – Brantley Gilbert feat. Lindsay Ell

 

 

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