Taylor Swift to perform Folklore track Betty live for first time ever this week

It will be the first live performance of material from her surprise eighth album.


Taylor Swift will perform Folklore track Betty live for the first time this week. 

The fan-favourite song forms part of her eighth studio album, which was surprise-released earlier this summer to critical acclaim. 

Now, Betty will make its debut as Taylor takes to the stage at the 55th Academy Of Country Music Awards this Wednesday (16 September) in Nashville, Tennesse. 

The Style hitmaker will be appearing at the awards for the first time in seven years, since albums like 1989 and Reputation pushed her prominently into the pop sphere with collaborations with producers Jack Antonoff, Max Martin and Shellback. 

Betty forms the prologue of a 'trilogy' of tracks in Folklore that fans (and Taylor herself) have christened the Teenage Love Triangle, which involves three characters named James and Betty (who are in a relationship) and Inez. 

More: View Taylor Swift's full Official Charts history here

Acting as the ending to the story started by first single Cardigan and August, Betty tells the story from James' point-of-view after the end of their summer fling whilst they were still in a relationship with Betty, who has now moved on. 

Produced by frequent collaborator Jack Antonoff and The National member Aaron Dressner, Folklore performed a US chart first as Taylor became the first act to debut at number one on both the Billboard singles and albums chart in the same week. Learn more about how Folklore performed around the world here.

After its surprise release at the end of July, the LP became Taylor's fifth UK number one album on the Official Albums Chart, in a success that saw her deny rock bands Metallica and Fontaines DC their own chart-toppers.