If you’ve been paying attention to pop culture, you’ve probably noticed that Taylor Swift has been welcoming more and more country stars as “special guests” during her current 1989 World Tour.
In the past few months, she’s brought out Sam Hunt, Little Big Town, Natalie Maines, The Band Perry and Dierks Bentley for surprise duets. When fans filed into Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Sept. 25, everyone was trying to predict who would be joining Swift onstage.
Country newcomer Kelsea Ballerini was the first to be introduced and performed her massive hit, “Love Me Like You Mean It”, alongside Swift. The 22-year-old seemed to be having the time of her life as she strutted down the runway in front of 20,000 screaming fans.
Next to join Swift was Big Machine label mate and country newcomer Steven Tyler, who shared a rendition of his Aerosmith hit, “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing”. Toward the end of the evening, renowned singer-songwriter Alison Krauss emerged for a duet with Swift who accompanied her on the grand piano. They performed Krauss’ chart-topping version of “When You Say Nothing At All”, which was originally recorded by Keith Whitley.
Swift will perform a second sold-out show in Nashville on Sept. 26, which will likely feature even more country stars. Check out a clip from her energetic duet with Kelsea Ballerini below.