Even though she was in her homebase of Nashville, Taylor Swift brought Paris to the CMA Awards Thursday night when she performed "Begin Again," off her chart-topping [article id="1696505"]Red[/article] album.
Always one for theatrics, Swift wore a vintage-inspired red dress in a scene set to look like a street in the famed City of Light, which also served as the backdrop for her [article id="1696108"]music video for the track[/article]. Swift sat at a seat in her fictional Parisian café singing all about the joys of new love.
As the song neared its end, the lights dimmed in her fake Paris, and the Eiffel Tower, in the background, became illuminated as the pop star finished up to the cheers of the audience. In addition to the star singing about her love life in front of her Music City peers, the night's hosts, Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, managed to have a little fun at her personal life's expense.
In a skit where they traded barbs about some of this year's biggest sports trades, Paisley opened up about the [article id="1690899"]rumored relationship[/article] between Swift and Conor Kennedy. He teased, "The greatest trade of the year had to be the Kennedy family. They somehow traded Arnold Schwarzenegger for Taylor Swift. I mean, what they got for that ..."
From there, they went back and forth about whether they would ever be getting back together had [article id="http://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-news/news/taylor-swift-conor-kennedy-split-20122510"]reportedly split[/article]. "What? Why don't I ever hear about these things? I'm the last one to know," Paisley said. From there, they went back and forth about whether or not they would ever be getting back together..
"Are they ever gonna get back together?" Paisley wondered. Underwood's response? "Like, never," a play on her lead single "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together."
Though she had been up for several awards, Swift didn't end up taking home any trophies. But, some of her country peers did, with the night's big prizes going to A-listers like "The Voice" judge Blake Shelton for Entertainer of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year and his wife Miranda Lambert winning Female Vocalist of the Year. The couple also won for Song of the Year for their track, "Over You." Other wins included two for Little Big Town (Vocal Group of the Year, Single of the Year) and Album of the Year for Eric Church's Chief.