Did You Know Taylor Swift’s First Ever Grammy Performance Wasn’t Alone?

Published 02/04/2024, 10:40 AM EST

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As one gets into the Grammy time machine and lets the melody of Taylor Swift serenade through the ages, a 17-year-old Swift comes into the picture. With dreams as vast as the starlit sky, she not only announced the nominations for the 50th Grammy Awards but received her first-ever nod for Best New Artist. Fast forward to 2021, when Swift, with ‘Folklore,’ not only clinched her third Album Of The Year win but engraved her name in Grammy history as the first lady to achieve this feat.

Rewind to 2009, a year that marked not only Swift’s Kanye West controversy but also her debut Grammy performance. The singer, however, did not embark on her maiden Grammy performance alone.

With whom did Taylor Swift hit the duet?

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It is 2024, and the Grammy stage is set for the music sensation Swift. But hold the applause; Swift decided to throw a curveball and chose not to take center stage during the 2024 Grammy telecast. Furthermore, defying the usual script where the top artist of the previous year steals the show. Unlike 2009, the year when Swift stepped into the Grammy limelight. In a legendary debut performance, Swift teamed up with the powerhouse Miley Cyrus for an acoustic rendition of ‘Fifteen.’

Swift strummed her acoustic guitar and serenaded through the verses. Meanwhile, Cyrus belted out the chorus with that unmistakable, passionate rasp. ‘Fifteen,’ a gem from Swift’s second album, ‘Fearless,’ unraveled the poignant journey of a high school freshman navigating the difficult waters of teenage heartbreak. Critics of the time hailed the song’s universal appeal, with The Guardian noting in 2009 how it spoke not just to teenage girls but to anyone who had weathered the storm of adolescence.

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This year’s Grammy will not feature a performance from the pop sensation, but she might create history with a remarkable achievement.

Swift can chart the course to history

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In the Grammy anticipation of yesteryears, luminaries like Swift, SZA, and Billie Eilish stand at the brink of making history. The prospect of seismic triumphs looms large for Swift, who is poised to clinch an unprecedented fourth Album of the Year victory with her opus ‘Midnights’. This potential triumph would catapult her into a league of her own, leaving behind celebrated names like Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, and Frank Sinatra.

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Adding to the suspense, Swift harbors hopes of breaking the Song of the Year jinx with her creation ‘Anti-Hero’. Despite commanding seven nominations in this category – a testament to her lyrical prowess – she is yet to grasp the golden gramophone. The stakes are high while fans hold their breath, eager to witness Swift’s ascendancy to this elusive pinnacle.

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Did you know that Swift hit a duet for her first Grammy performance? Let us know in the comments below.

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Riva Khan

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Riva Khan is an entertainment reporter at NetflixJunkie. Given her love for the language and writing, she has honed her narrative skills from a young age. She loves her latest tea in Hollywood and keeps an eye on the news.

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