America's Sweethearts! Elle King Joins Taylor Swift's Squad at the CMAs

"When you wish your squad like this," the "Different for Girls" singer captioned a shot with Swift

Photo: Source Elle King/Instagram

No “Bad Blood” here!

Taylor Swift appears to have recruited another squad member Wednesday night. In Nashville to present Garth Brooks with the Entertainer of the Year trophy at the 50th Annual CMAs in Nashville, the crossover star ran into “Ex’s and Oh’s” rocker Elle King backstage — and it was nothing but mad love!

“When you wish your squad was like this,” King, 27, captioned an Instagram shot after the show in which she’s sandwiched between Swift, 26, and her pal Kelsea Ballerini, 23.

It was an exciting night for King and Ballerini. Earlier in the day, King and Dierks Bentley took home the Musical Event of the Year title for their duet “Different for Girls,” which they performed during the awards. Meanwhile, Ballerini — who earned nods for Female Vocalist of the Year and New Artist of the Year — performed her hit “Peter Pan.”

King — who enjoyed the CMAs with fiancé Andrew “Fergie” Ferguson — seemed to have the night of her life at the show, afterward taking to Instagram to document her encounters with country royalty, posting snaps with Reba McEntire, Billy Ray Cyrus and Chris Stapleton.

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As for Swift — who took home the CMAs Entertainer of the Year in 2009 and 2011 before embracing pop on her 2014 smash 1989 — the “This Is What You Came For” writer hung out with her pals Little Big Town. After all, she wrote their new breakup ballad “Better Man,” which went No. 1 on iTunes.

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