Taylor Swift & Steven Tyler Sing Aerosmith’s “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing”: Watch
The longer Taylor Swift‘s 1989 World Tour wears on, the more its proceedings feel like the YouTube video “Please Welcome to the Stage,” which “predicts” who Taylor brings on stage next: “Please welcome to the stage, the hologram of Maya Angelou!” But last night’s cameos during her Nashville tour stop actually didn’t feel as random (hey, Julia Roberts and Joan Baez), given how we saw Taylor achieve pop country stardom long before “Shake It Off.”
Steven Tyler came out to perform Aerosmith‘s “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing,” like he’d do anything else. This was to be expected; as The Tennessean points out, he was already in town and is recording a country album for Taylor’s label Big Machine Records. But then country superstar Alison Krauss did her breakout Keith Whitley cover “When You Say Nothing at All,” which you can imagine Taylor learning to play when she was younger. And before all that newcomer Kelsea Ballerini sang her debut No. 1 country hit “Love Me Like You Mean It,” which had Taylor playfully shooing away her male dancers as Kelsea sings “Don’t have time to waste on boys.”
“It’s not a country show,” Taylor has said of her 1989 World Tour. Last night’s Nashville concert came close, though—and honestly, it was a welcome change. Her whole 1989 era has been about positioning herself as a bonafide “pop star,” but last night’s cameos allowed us to reminisce over who she once was. Watch below.