Taylor Swift pivoted toward pop with her synth-laden 2014 album 1989 and audacious latest effort Reputation, out Friday. Yet the Nashville transplant hasn’t entirely abandoned her country roots.
In fact, Swift earned her 12th Country Music Association Award Wednesday, taking home song of the year for writing Little Big Town’s Better Man.
The four-piece group’s Karen Fairchild accepted the award on behalf of Swift, the sole writer on the breakup ballad who was not in attendance at the ceremony.
“Taylor, wherever you are, thank you for this beautiful song and for loving songs and loving Nashville,” Fairchild said.
Swift, who is performing on Saturday Night Live this weekend, posted her stunned reaction to the honor on social media, writing, “In NYC for SNL rehearsals. I LOVE YOU @littlebigtown and CMAs.”
Better Man marks the first song of the year CMA for Swift, who previously picked up the show’s top trophies for entertainer of the year and album of the year (Fearless).