By Dionne Buxton
For fans who were present at Houston’s Minute Maid Park this past weekend, it was not “Just A Dream”—Nelly actually did perform a duet with Taylor Swift. The news isn’t too surprising, considering that Swift has been outspoken about her love for hip-hop in recent months. The country-pop singer is currently performing dates on her Speak Now tour and after inviting T.I. to join her onstage mere days after his release from prison, Swift decided to continue her hip-hop outreach by teaming up with Nelly.
During an August tour stop in Nelly’s hometown St. Louis, Swift had performed her own rendition of the hit “Just A Dream,” but while in Houston she decided to let Nelly deliver it himself. While her band played a few chords from the track, Swift teased the audience, saying, “I’m really excited right now, we have a special guest.” Then, she let them have it, announcing, “Ladies and Gentlemen, Nelly is here.”
Fans showed plenty of love for the Country Grammar rapper, who has previously dipped into country music with the Tim McGraw collaboration “Over and Over.”
Last month Swift dished on her enthusiasm for hip-hop collaborations, telling MTV News, “I'm a huge hip-hop fan, and it's been so amazing to have so many incredible artists come out and to get to sing the hooks on their songs that I've been blasting in my car for the last couple years.”
She maintains that performing with T.I. was a dream come true. “Well, I called T.I. the night before the show, so I felt like it's such short notice that [he wouldn't do it with me], and he's just like, 'Hey, yeah, sure,' "she explained. "And it was just amazing. I was so excited 'cause I'm such a fan and I thought, 'This is such short notice, this is so ridiculous' that I'm asking him to do this the night before. And he's like, 'I'll be there.’ And he showed up for sound check and we were all just so star-struck."