Tim McGraw was smiling ear-to-ear after this blonde bombshell took the stage at the 2007 ACM Awards. Singing her premiere single, “Tim McGraw”, 16-year-old Taylor Swift serenaded the country singer with the song she wrote in tribute to his music.
Standing centerstage with her 12-string acoustic guitar in her arms, the young singer delivered her heartbreaking ode to love lost to the biggest names in country music at the time. Midway through her performance of the song, Swift walked into the section of the crowd where McGraw and wife Faith Hill were seated to sing the song directly to him. When the song came to a close, Swift properly introduced herself to McGraw, shaking his hand and saying, “Hi, I’m Taylor.”
Young Swift wrote “Tim McGraw” when she was only 14 years old in under 15 minutes. The singer said her inspiration came following the realization that her senior class boyfriend would most likely break up with her after he left for college in the Summer, prompting her to think about all of the things that would remind him of her. Swift’s favorite song by McGraw at the top of the list.
So how did the country crooner react to the song?
“I didn’t know if I should feel honored or just old,” McGraw said according to The Boot. “But I found out she was about 14 and in math class when she wrote that, which made me feel better. She was pretty nervous when we first met, but it was fine. I told her I appreciated it. It’s cool to have a song written about you, especially by a teenager. I didn’t think any teenagers even knew who I was.”
Years later in 2013, McGraw and Swift went on to record “Highway Don’t Care” together featured off his album Two Lanes of Freedom.
You can check out her performance of “Tim McGraw” below.