For millennials and beyond, Taylor Swift is probably the most recent example of a country star who’s become a pop powerhouse. Even if you aren’t a fan, there’s absolutely no denying that Swift has effortlessly conquered the world of country and pop music over the years. However, Shania Twain definitely did it first — a fact Swift herself acknowledged. In 2021, Swift took to TikTok to pay homage to Twain’s influence on her career trajectory. In the video captioned, “Learned from the best,” Swift posted a photo montage of herself and Twain over the years, overlayed with the words: “Country girls can’t go pop.
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Ever the gracious legend, Twain took to her Instagram to repost Swift’s video with the caption: “Thank you @taylorswift I appreciate you! Paying this one forward to another trailblazer – @dollyparton #mamasaid #letsgogirls.” Fortunately for Swift, she got to enjoy Twain’s proximity quite early in her career. In 2011, Swift and Twain teamed up to participate in a “Thelma & Louise” sketch for the CMT Music Awards. According to
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Entertainment Tonight, Swift and Twain took a ride in a baby blue convertible, which was similar to the car used in the original film. During the skit, Twain came to Swift’s rescue after she and her boyfriend got into a fight, thus instigating their rebellious joyride.