Six months after Taylor Swift and Sugarland released their collaborative track “Babe”, they finally debuted live performance of the song. The three brought the country smash to stage at Taylor’s show in Arlington, Texas on Saturday night, October 6.
Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush were the surprise guests at the second Arlington show, following Maren Morris who performed “The Middle” with Taylor on the previous day. Welcoming the country duo on the stage, the pop superstar said, “We have never played the song ‘Babe’ live. Please welcome Sugarland.”
The country duo clearly had fun performing the song onstage with the pop superstar, with Jennifer handling lead vocals and Kristian strumming an acoustic guitar. Taylor, meanwhile, joined in on the harmonies of the chorus and compelling intro line, “Didn’t want to be the one that got away.”
Written by Taylor and Patrick Monahan, “Babe” was released on April 19. It was originally going to be included on her fourth studio album, “Red”, but didn’t make the cut. The song was then given to Sugarland.
“She was excited we were getting back together and reach out and said, ‘Hey, I have a song,’ ” Jennifer said of their collaboration at the ACM Awards. “This is a short list, ladies and gentleman, of people to whom she has said, ‘Hey, I have a song, you want to sing it?’ So we said, ‘Yeah!’ ”
Kristian added, “We’ve never really put a song by anyone else on our records so we weren’t really used [to] sorting through that and we didn’t want to mess it up, so we didn’t tell anybody until we got it finished and she liked it. Thank God. Because it’s a good song.”
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