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Taylor Swift Honored Before Wrapping RED Tour in Nashville

Taylor Swift Honored Before Wrapping RED Tour in Nashville

NASHVILLE, TN – SEPTEMBER 19: Taylor Swift wears a Grand Ole Opry t-shirt and is joined onstage by special guest Luke Bryan as she wraps the North American portion of her RED tour playing to a crowd of more than 14,000 fans on the first of three sold-out hometown shows at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on September 19, 2013. (Photo by Larry Busacca/TAS/Getty Images for TAS)

Taylor Swift wrapped the U.S. leg of her RED Tour with three sold-out shows in Nashville September 19-21. Before the first show of the three-night stand, Taylor was honored with a number of accolades backstage and expressed excitement over wrapping the tour in Music City.

“We’re going to spend our last shows in Nashville,” she said. “On the Speak Now Tour, the last show was in New York. [For this tour], I realized that this is my hometown and one of the craziest crowds we play for.”

Among the plaques presented to Taylor was one marking six million sales of her Red album and another for her hit “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.” David Joseph, CEO of Universal Music Group UK, gave Taylor a plaque for her achievements in the UK, including one million downloads of “Begin Again” and sales of more than four million for her Red album.

“She’s about taking chances,” Scott Borchetta, the CEO of Big Machine Records, Taylor’s label, said during a toast. “She is fearless.”

Taylor’s weekend of shows proved to be a spectacle of music, wardrobe changes and innovative staging. She promised a special guest would join her each night of her Nashville run and she didn’t disappoint. Luke Bryan joined her for a duet of his hit “I Don’t Want This Night To End” while Rascal Flatts joined her for the second night. Hunter Hayes was the special guest for the tour’s final show.

Watch Taylor Swift and Luke Bryan perform “I Don’t Want This Night To End” >>


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