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The Enchantress at the 49th ACM Awards

April 6, 2014
(Source: ACM via Instagram)

(Source: ACM via Instagram)

Hope you had a great weekend, Taylor Nation.

The 49th ACM Awards took place in Las Vegas last night, Sunday April 6. Taylor Swift was in attendance. She was a featured artist of the Video of the Year which went to ”Highway Don’t Care” with Tim McGraw (featuring Taylor Swift & Keith Urban). The award was given on the pre-telecast. Tay didn’t get her other nominations.

Entertainer of the Year went to the timeless George Strait who deserves it several times over. Album of the Year went to Kacey Musgraves’ Same Trailer, Different Park which was a pleasant surprise as it was my favorite but not the one I thought would win. Miranda Lambert won her sixth straight Female Vocalist while Male Vocalist went to Jason Aldean. Big Machine had several wins in their corner with The Band Perry winning Vocal Group, Florida Georgia Line winning Vocal Duo, Justin Moore winning New Artist of the Year and the Video of the Year for Highway Don’t Care.

The Queen of Sparks presented the Vocal Duo of the Year award to Big Machine’s label buddies Florida Georgia Line. Let’s go to the video!

Watch on YouTube

Thanks to TaylorSwiftArchiveII for posting!

Coming up on the Calendar!

  • May 30: The RED Tour in Shanghai, China at Mercedes-Benz Arena. More information.
  • June 1: The RED Tour in Tokyo, Japan at Saitama Super Arena. Tickets on sale March 29. More Information.
  • June 4: The 2014 CMT Music Awards.
  • June 4: The RED Tour in Jakarta, Indonesia at MEIS (Mata Elang International Stadium). Tickets on sale February 24. More Information.
  • June 6: The RED Tour in Manila, Philippines at Mall of Asia Arena. Tickets on sale February 20. More Information.
  • June 9: The RED Tour in Bangkok, Thailand at Impact Arena. Tickets go on sale March 1. More Information.

(Sources: ACM Awards)

The 49th ACM Awards Swiftlist: What you need to know tonight

April 6, 2014

Here we go again, Taylor Nation.

(Source: ACM)

(Source: ACM)

It’s time for the 49th ACM Awards on CBS starting at 8pm ET / 7pm CT / 8pm PT (delayed). Taylor Swift is attending and presenting. She is not performing. She is nominated for:

  • Entertainer of the Year
  • Female Vocalist of the Year
  • Single Record of the Year, Video of the Year and Vocal Event of the Year for ”Highway Don’t Care”- Tim McGraw Featuring Taylor Swift & Keith Urban.

The show’s eastern broadcast is 8pm ET. That’s 1am in London, UK (Monday), 2am in Brussels, Belgium (Monday) and 10am in Sydney, Australia (Monday).  Remember US, Canada and Australia can vote online.

The odds are not in her favor, but if enough people can vote that tide can be turned. You can now vote for Taylor for ACM Entertainer of the Year for the 49th Annual ACM Awards right here. Yes, it’s unlikely given the industry favorites but…. never quote me the odds. Like I said in my last editorial, she’s always a winner in my book.

The official livestream is via Yahoo Music’s RAM Country hub page starting at 6:30pm ET / 3:30 PT.

Blake and Luke host. Performing tonight are Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley with Sheryl Crow, Lee Brice, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Brett Eldredge, Hunter Hayes, Miranda Lambert, Toby Keith, Tim McGraw, Justin Moore, Kip Moore, Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker, Shakira, Blake Shelton, George Strait, Keith Urban, The Band Perry, Florida Georgia Line, Lady Antebellum with Stevie Nicks and Rascal Flatts.

Coming up on the Calendar!

  • April 6: The 49th ACM Awards. Taylor Swift is nominated for Entertainer of the Year, Female Vocalist of the Year,  and Single Record of the Year, Video of the Year and Vocal Event of the Year for ”Highway Don’t Care”- Tim McGraw Featuring Taylor Swift & Keith Urban.

(Sources: ACM Awards)

Taylor Swift to present at the 49th ACM Awards & the award forecast

April 5, 2014
(Source: ACM)

(Source: ACM)

I hope you’re having a great weekend, Taylor Nation.

It’s official, the Blonde With The Sparkly Guitar will be a presenter at the 49th ACM Awards tomorrow, Sunday, April 6 in Las Vegas. You can read the original story here. No, she is not performing.

And now, your award forecast…

I’m not a fan of predictions.  Here at the Swift Agency, just a guy who’s not in the industry, we’re going to give you our take from the deserving to the popular to the one who will rustle some feathers for the 49th ACM Awards. I’m just going to pick some of the top categories.

Female Vocalist of the Year

Awards like couples. It’s a cute moment and blah blah blah. So since Miranda and Blake are a couple with enough star power, award shows love to give this one to Miranda and Male Vocalist to Blake. She’s the popular choice. All her fellow nominees deserve it. It really should go to Kacey Musgraves because she had a great year and gave Country Music a huge push. Chances are they’ll give it to Miranda again.

Male Vocalist of the Year

How is Tim McGraw not in this category? The popular choices are Luke and Blake. Blake would’ve been the staple to win it since Miranda is the popular choice for Female Vocalist, but this award hinges on the Entertainer of the Year. If Luke wins Male Vocalist, you can probably bet  someone else other than him is winning Entertainer. If Blake wins it, then Luke is still in the run for Entertainer. Chances are it will go to Luke.

Vocal Group of the Year

Popular, deserving and most like to take it are the Band Perry. I would guess Little Big Town is the closest runner-up but they haven’t had another hit in a while. Anybody else would be an upset.

Album of the Year

I really, really would want Kacey Musgraves’ Same Trailer, Different Park to win. It was a fresh work of Country music craft away from the usual party, beer and truck lyrics. If not, I’d be happy with Tim McGraw’s Two Lanes of Freedom. If neither of those win, I don’t really care.

ACM Entertainer of the Year

While most of the other awards involve a push after a well deserved performance, this one is all about recognition. Who had the entire year in their hand. That’s the spirit of the award, but the reality is that since this one is fan-voted, that means this will go to the audience favorite – or more precisely the audience favorite that can stir most online voting. The CMAs gave their EOTY to George Strait who’s retiring from touring. It’s a three way run between George, Luke and Taylor. George deserves it and is the popular vote. I don’t think it should go to Luke, but he’s a big name. Taylor winning it might upset the locals, but I don’t care I would love her to win this. Chances are it will go to George, but the ACMs will have to resort to their voting rules disclaimer to get him in front.

Here’s the full video for ACM Entertainer of the Year Nominee, Taylor Swift.

Watch on YouTube

Thanks to the Nashville Country Club for posting.

Don’t forget! You can now vote for Taylor for ACM Entertainer of the Year for the 49th Annual ACM Awards.

Coming up on the Calendar!

  • April 6: The 49th ACM Awards. Taylor Swift is nominated for Entertainer of the Year, Female Vocalist of the Year,  and Single Record of the Year, Video of the Year and Vocal Event of the Year for ”Highway Don’t Care”- Tim McGraw Featuring Taylor Swift & Keith Urban.

(Sources: ACM Awards)

Why she always wins in my book. An Editorial.

April 3, 2014
(Source: Hasbro Children's Hospital via Facebook)

(Source: Hasbro Children’s Hospital via Facebook)

All I know is we said hello, Taylor Nation.

You’re probably getting excited for Sunday. It’s the 49th ACM Awards. The Princess in Red is up for the fan-voted ACM Entertainer of the Year award. The probabilities say it someone else’s turn. I’m not against a win by George Strait, he’s legendary. But heart to heart, Old Man Swift to Taylor Nation fandom, I still want Taylor up there.

The Sparkly Dressed visited the Hasbro Children’s Hospital. No entourage, no media. She just alerted the hospital, asked that everyone kept quiet and showed up to spend sometime with the kids. She even manage to sing a couple of songs. That’s not why she deserve awards. Doing charity is the prize in itself, no further reward is offered. The pictures come from the hospital staff and the patients. All the articles and news pieces are done after she left and using personal media courtesy of the people present.

Here’s a video article from NBC 10 WJAR.

Watch on YouTube

These are not reasons to vote for her as an artist. These are reasons to admire her as a person. I’m here to tell you that if she doesn’t win, she’s still a winner. It’s her craft that makes her an artist, but it’s her humanity that makes her someone to admire. I often hear from people that don’t like her music that still believe in her as a role model. I’m not going to push you to vote. That is because as much as I want her to be the Entertainer of the Year, she’s already doing her best to be the best person she could be.

Here’s the ACM – Academy of Country Music‘s video for ACM Entertainer of the Year Nominee, Taylor Swift.

Watch on YouTube

But for me, there’s no option. I vote for her with the hope that if she wins she knows we’re still here. I know she knows already but us fans like to make noise and cheer. So you can choose freely and that is not a ninja behind you, you are just imagining things ;)

Don’t forget! You can now vote for Taylor for ACM Entertainer of the Year for the 49th Annual ACM Awards.

Coming up on the Calendar!

  • April 6: The 49th ACM Awards. Taylor Swift is nominated for Entertainer of the Year, Female Vocalist of the Year,  and Single Record of the Year, Video of the Year and Vocal Event of the Year for ”Highway Don’t Care”- Tim McGraw Featuring Taylor Swift & Keith Urban.

(Sources: ACM – Academy of Country Music, Hasbro Children’s Hospital, NBC 10 WJAR)

Happy belated birthday to the Agency’s one man band, Mike Meadows

April 2, 2014
(Source: Mike Meadows)

(Source: Mike Meadows)

Happy Birthday, Mike! Sorry, I’m late.

Here at the Swift Agency, just a guy who’s usually late because he had to read or write something, we’re going to be very Canadian and start by apologizing for forgetting Mike Meadows‘ birthday yesterday, April 1st.

I had to find a picture that would embody the very essence of Mike and I think I did. That’s him holding the banana. The hostage is Amos. Relax, the banana is not loaded.

Mike Meadows hails from Danville, Virginia. He has played music for as long as he can remember. He’s a songwriter / performer / producer /cellist / guitarist / bassist / singer. He’s currently working on a way to play all those things at the same time, but he can’t seem to make it not look like he’s trying too hard. You can read more about Mike on his Agency Profile: Mike Meadows.

Don’t forget! You can now vote for Taylor for ACM Entertainer of the Year for the 49th Annual ACM Awards.

Coming up on the Calendar!

  • April 1: Mike Meadows‘ Birthday.
  • April 6: The 49th ACM Awards. Taylor Swift is nominated for Entertainer of the Year, Female Vocalist of the Year,  and Single Record of the Year, Video of the Year and Vocal Event of the Year for ”Highway Don’t Care”- Tim McGraw Featuring Taylor Swift & Keith Urban.

(Sources: Agency Profile: Mike Meadows)

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