Taylor Swift returns to southern roots at CMA Awards

After parting ways with her original sound two years ago to release the poppy-focused 1989, Taylor Swift has finally come back to the country music scene.

On Wednesday night, Swift made a surprise appearance at the 2016 CMA Awards where she presented the Entertainer of the Year award. The “Black Space” singer won the category back in both 2009 and 2011. This year’s trophy went to Garth Brooks, who beat out Luke Bryan, Chris Stapleton, Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban for the title.

“It’s been almost 13 years since I came to Nashville with a dream of being a songwriter and a recording artist,” Swift told the crowd. “And I learned so much about what it means to be an entertainer from the remarkable artists in this arena tonight. That’s just one of the reasons I feel so honored to present this next award to any one of these five outstanding nominees for Entertainer of the Year, and be a part of this historic night we’ll all remember.”

It was revealed earlier in the week that the pop sensation hasn’t completely put an end to writing country tunes. Swift is responsible for Little Big Town’s newest single, “Better Man.” The song is currently topping the iTunes charts.

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Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild summed up her interpretation of the lyrics when fans began to speculate that perhaps Swift wrote the hit about ex-boyfriend, Calvin Harris. “Everybody has a better man. It might have been a lover, or a parent that disappointed you. I think the beauty of that storytelling is that we can all relate to being disappointed in someone and still loving them, but saying ‘Enough is enough,'” she shared. “This would have been amazing if you would have gotten your act together. That’s kind of a fun song to sing.”

Check out the single below and let us know your thoughts by sending us a tweet at @CelebMix.

Written by Cayla Masters

Music, pop culture and cheesesteak lover. Follow me on Twitter, @caylamasters