Sitting center stage at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, on a stool with a bright spotlight right behind her, Swift sang a quiet acoustic rendition of "Betty", a story song about a teenage love triangle.
Maren is nominated for four awards tonight, including Female Artist of the Year and Album of the Year for her album GIRL. We'll have to wait another 55 days to see whether Underwood beats out Miranda Lamber, Keith Urban, Luke Combs and Eric Church to clinch the CMA's top award (via CMA Awards).
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.
The track is sung from James" perspective and opens with the lyrics: "Betty, I won't make assumptions/About why you switched your homeroom but/I think it's "cause of me". "So that's what I did on this one". "God so much. All glory to God", Underwood said in her speech. She effortlessly breezed through snippets of classics like Crazy, You Ain't Woman Enough, Why'd You Come in Here Lookin' Like That and Fancy. "I'm so happy for her, it's just awesome". She also changed the lyrics to be TV-friendly, switching out the line "would you tell me to go f- myself" with "would you tell me to go straight to hell".