Taylor Swift and country music are once again inseparable. “Love Story (Taylor’s Version),” from Swift’s sophomore album Fearless, won the trending comeback song award at the 2022 CMT Music Awards on Monday night. It beat out country icons like Dolly Parton and Reba McEntire.
According to CMT, the comeback song of the year is a new category for this year’s ceremony, which honors “iconic stars and their hits that have not only survived the test of time but have also found renewed popularity due to viral online trends.”
In addition to Swift’s hit song, the nominations also included Parton’s “9 to 5,” McEntire’s “I’m a Survivor,” “Freight Train” by Alan Jackson, “Neon Moon” by Brooks & Dunn, “Suds in the Bucket” by Sara Evans, and “Man! I Feel Like a Woman!” by Shania Twain. An award announcement was made just before the show.
There were 26 songs on the re-recorded album, including six that were never released before. Billboard reported that the album was an immediate hit and broke many records, including becoming the first chart-topping album in history that was a re-recording of a previous No. 1 release. Taylor Taylor’s “Love Story (Taylor’s Version)” debuted at No. 1 on the Hot Country Songs chart as well. The original version of Swift’s “Love Story” topped the Hot Country Songs chart in November 2008.