NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Taylor Swift was once the sweetheart of Nashville and a frequent attendee of the CMA Awards.
She racked up 11 wins and 26 nominations before crossing over to becoming a global pop star. Since that time she has moved away from her country roots. In fact, she has not seen a CMA nominee since 2014 when she was nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year.
She is back on the CMA ballot this year not as a performer but as a songwriter. She wrote Little Big Town's chart-climber "Better Man", which is up for Single of the Year, Song of the Year and featured on a nomination for Album of the Year.
Little Big Town is also nominated for Vocal Group of the Year.
The Song of the Year nomination is what has Music Row talking about whether they will see Swift at this year's award show. That particular award is given to the writer of the song, not the performer.
That means if the song is a winner tonight at Bridgestone Arena it would make sense to see Swift on stage to accept the award.
Her last appearance at the show was just a year ago for the 50th anniversary when she presented Garth Brooks with the award for Entertainer of the Year.
Swift is in the middle of a busy week. In the past 24 hours she released the full track list for her upcoming album and also shared videos from a private listening party she had for lucky listeners at home.
Swift's new album, "Reputation" drops Friday.
To find out if she will make an appearance at the 51st Annual CMA Awards, tune in tonight at 7p.m. (CT) on ABC.