We love a great musical partnership here at Pollstar: Lennon and McCartney, Sonny and Cher, Simon and Garfunkel, Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers, Taylor Swift and Def Leppard - wait, what?
Yep, you heard right. Red hot country singer Taylor Swift will perform with the iconic '80s rock band tonight on CMT's "Crossroads."
The popular show pairs country artists with pop and rock acts. And it turns out the match was Swift's idea.
The singer said she was familiar with the band because her mom is a big fan.
"Before she met my dad, she listened to them and all through while she was pregnant with me and when I was a little kid," Swift explained. "It's just so cool to have that - my favorite songs are the same as my mom's favorite songs."
For their part, Joe Elliot and the boys had to do a little research on Swift before they said yes.
"So we Googled her and iTuned her and listened to it all and said, 'Wow.' And you look at how many records she's selling and how lovely and pretty she is and how exciting it is to be at that point in your career, because we were there once - before you were born," Elliot said to the singer at a recent press conference.
The show actually marks Def Leppard's second collaboration with a country star this year. They teamed with Tim McGraw on the song "Nine Lives" from their latest album, Songs from the Sparkle Lounge.
Friday, November 7
John Legend - "The Ellen DeGeneres Show"
Tommy Smothers - "The Tavis Smiley Show"
Sarah Colonna, Jacob Sirof - "Chelsea Lately"
Ricky Gervais - "The Hour with George Stroumboulopoulos"
Artie Lange - "Late Show with David Letterman"
Joy Behar, TV on the Radio - "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno"
Ricky Gervais, Chromeo - "Late Night with Conan O'Brien"
Robin Thicke - "Jimmy Kimmel Live!"
Eric Hutchinson - "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson"
Dan Le Sac vs. Scroobius Pip - "Last Call with Carson Daly"
Saturday, November 8
Joan Osborne - CBS "Early Show"
Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, Carolyn Wonderland - "Austin City Limits"
Kings of Leon - "Saturday Night Live" - rerun
Monday, November 10
Chris Franjola, Arden Myrin - "Chelsea Lately"
Taylor Swift - "Late Show with David Letterman"
Dido - "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno"
Corbin Bleu, The Whigs - "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" - rerun
Ron White - "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson"
Panic at the Disco - "Last Call with Carson Daly"