Taylor Swift Wins Entertainer of the Year at Country Music Awards

November 12th, 2009 by Daniel Kreps Leave a reply »

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Taylor Swift made history last night at the Country Music Awards, becoming the youngest artist ever to win the coveted entertainer of the year award. The 19-year-old singer also took home awards for best female vocalist, video of the year for “Love Story” and album of the year with Fearless. “In this moment, everything that I have ever wanted just happened to me,” Swift told the audience at Nashville’s Sonnet Center after winning the evening’s biggest prize.

Swift Onstage and Backstage: Photos of Taylor’s swift rise to stardom.

But before her big win, Swift had to sit through a pair of the requisite Kanye West jokes courtesy of co-hosts Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley. Swift also made light of her VMAs encounter with Kanye during one of her acceptance speeches: “And I want to thank everybody in the room tonight for not running up on the stage during my speech,” she said. Swift also kicked off the CMAs with a performance of “Forever and Always.”

The Country Music Awards has often served as a platform where rock and country meet, and last night’s ceremony didn’t disappoint as Kid Rock performed with Jamey Johnson, ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons jammed with Brooks & Dunn — likely the duo’s last award show performance together before their impending break up — and Daughtry joined Vince Gill on stage for “Tennessee Line.” Another highlight featured Dave Matthews singing “I’m Alive” with Kenny Chesney.

A former rocker also made an impact on the CMA’s new artist award as ex-Hootie & the Blowfish frontman Darius Rucker became the first black artist to win in that category. “To the fans, thank y’all for accepting me… you took a chance on a pop singer from Charleston, S.C., and God...

Article Source: Rolling Stone : Rock and Roll Daily


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