It's official - Taylor Swift will head to Australia this November to headline the Melbourne Cup carnival entertainment. 

It comes after reports last month that industry legend Michael Gudinski was in negotiations with the US popstar, with a Mushroom spokesperson telling The Music at the time, "Michael is in ongoing conversations with a number of artists presently. At this point no one has been confirmed".

The Melbourne Cup performance, at Flemington Racecourse on 5 November, will be Swift's only Australian appearance since the release of her critically-acclaimed #1 album, Lover, which has racked up over one billion streams in Australia alone. 

It has been confirmed that the Pennsylvania-born songwriter will perform two tracks from the record before "the race that stops a nation". 

“Lexus Melbourne Cup Day is the most celebrated day on Australia’s major event calendar and with a reach of 1 billion people globally, it’s only fitting the VRC welcomes the world’s most celebrated star for the event,” Victoria Racing Club Chief Executive Officer Neil Wilson said.

“To think you can come to Flemington and watch not only the race that stops a nation but see one of the world’s biggest, if not the biggest, entertainer perform for the cost of a general admission ticket is phenomenal. We look forward to welcoming Taylor Swift to our wonderful event in just under 54 days.”