Taylor Swift may no longer be a country star, but that doesn’t mean her former peers from the genre have removed themselves from the Swiftie fandom.
Because of her country roots, the “Look What You Made Me Do” singer is no stranger to the CMAs. Although she couldn’t be in attendance this year, her name was popping up left and right, as she received a nomination for penning Little Big Town‘s “Better Man” (which ended up winning song of the year). With her latest album, Reputation, releasing just two days after the Nov. 8 awards show, we couldn’t help polling country stars on their favorite T-Swift tracks — and boy were there some Swifties out there.
“I loved ‘Fifteen’ so much,” country radio personality Bobby Bones told Billboard. “That’s when I first realized Taylor was actually talking to the people. She wasn’t making music that people could hear, she was talking to people. And I think that’s the song for me, when I heard it, I was like, ‘I get it.'”
“She’s just such an incredible writer,” Chris Young added. “When you start talking about the song of the year category and the fact that she’s nominated with a song that she wrote that Little Big Town found and went, ‘We love this, we want to cut it’ — it’s just a testament to how powerful she is as a songwriter, no matter what genre it is.”
But even with the fangirling and fanboying that was happening, some artists couldn’t help admitting that they were a little sad to hear that “the old Taylor is dead.”
“I love country Taylor, man,” Luke Combs gushed. “I really do, and I think she was so good at doing that whole thing… I just miss old Taylor, I wish she’d come tonight, sing some songs for us. ‘Romeo take me somewhere we can be alone.’ I just gotta hear it, Taylor!”