Taylor Swift Surprises Fans With Kelsea Ballerini, Steven Tyler and Alison Krauss [WATCH]
Ballerini was Swift's first guest at Bridgestone Arena, and the pair sang “Love Me Like You Mean It.” Before Swift brought Ballerini on stage, she introduced her with nothing but kind words.
“The first time I met this artist was eight years ago, and she was standing in line to meet me at [CMA Music Festival],” Swift told the crowd. “In the last year, she got [her first] No. 1 song, and she’s nominated for [two CMA Awards]. Please make some noise for my friend, I wish she was my sister, Kelsea Ballerini.”
When the pair started to wrap up their duet, confetti hearts fell from the ceiling further showing the love Swift has the artist.
Tyler and Ballerini took to Instagram to express their excitement about being invited on stage during Swift's 1989 World Tour. Tyler posted a picture of himself with Swift, including the playful caption, "HOLY SWIFT!!! @TAYLORSWIFT ... SHINED SO HOT N BRIGHT SHE MADE THE SUN JEALOUS!!! THANKS FOR THE FUN #1989TOURNASHVILLE."
Ballerini took a more serious approach and reflected on how much the moment meant to her: "The most special, memorable, and magical full circle moment of my life. @taylorswift I've watched every single tour of yours at the Bridgestone Arena since I moved to Nashville. Thank you for being generous enough to give me that first. I will always be one of your biggest fans. ❤️"
Swift also has a strong Instagram presence, so of course she posted pictures of all three of her special guests to her account after the performance.
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