Taylor Swift may be known for her break-ups, but it seems there’s one former flame she hasn’t completely moved on from: country music.
In a surprise appearance on Wednesday, former country darling Swift dropped by the 50th anniversary CMA Awards Wednesday night to present the award for Entertainer of the Year to Garth Brooks.
Though fans speculated that she may appear, CMAs host Brad Paisley confirmed she would appear midway through the broadcast when he told viewers she would appear on stage and present the award.
Perhaps the move was for old times’ sake? Before she became the pop superstar she is now, Swift knew the Nashville stage all too well. Her first four albums (Taylor Swift, Fearless, Speak Now, and Red) were all billed as country albums, and it wasn’t until 2014’s 1989 that she made the full transition into pop music. Her first single, which celebrated its 10th anniversary earlier this year, was titled “Tim McGraw.”
The CMA stage should be familiar for Swift, too, as she’s won a whopping 11 Country Music Association awards from 25 nominations.
In 2013, Swift became only the second person to be honored with the CMA Awards’ Pinnacle Award, following Garth Brooks in 2005. On Wednesday, Kenny Chesney became the third recipient.